It just may happen.
This crazy idea I have been talking to you about for-what-seems-like-ever...just. may. happen.
It has come together so beautifully and has moved quickly. Serendipitous is a word that I never thought I would use in a sentence, but it feels purely serendipitous .... the Community Art Program that we have been dreaming of, babbling about, and researching for, JUST MAY HAPPEN!
A crazy-good, diverse, talented group of people have joined with me and are determined to make this Art Project come about. They believe in the importance of Art and know how it can change your life. They give me courage.
A building is available in the perfect part of town, across from the railroad tracks and close to the community garden. It has plenty of room to make Art, lots of natural light, storage space...it also has a partially furnished commercial kitchen. Can you imagine what would happen if we could offer Culinary Arts along with other Arts to people?!! I know, I know, I'm getting ahead of myself....
The building is within walking distance of my home. Toby and visit it frequently. I peer inside the windows and whisper, "Don't let anyone else rent you. You will love us. We are worth waiting for....we just need a bunch of money."
|This is the place.|
Those columns merely need to be yarn bombed,
add some graffiti and plastic flamingos
and it will rock.
Artists of all talents have said they want to help: potters, bead artists, fiber artists, painters, jewelry makers, photographers.....
The State of Georgia has stamped a paper with a seal of approval that says we are incorporated AND we have a name:
for real, this could happen.
The next step is filing for non-profit (501(c)3) status so when people donate money, the donation can be written off on taxes. An $850 check has to be included with the paperwork when we file, plus, there will be a boatload of expenses that will happen the first year of operation...I guesstimate approximately $28,000 minimum. oh, I just had a little bit of throw-up in my mouth...
The time has come.
Funds have to be raised. Therefore, for the first time ever, limited edition (25) prints of the painting "Angel Unawares' will be offered for sale.
All profits from the sale of this print will go to the start-up of Backstreet Community Arts. Backstreet will provide a safe, welcoming, creative space for people to express themselves through Art, especially focusing on, but not limited to, homeless, formerly homeless and low-income adults, offering them a place to participate in open Art studios and Art workshops free of charge. Backstreet will be open to everyone regardless of economic status.