Learning how to create public art & make change.
HQ: My name is Heidi Quante and I primarily work in the realm of creative communication. For the last year-and-a-half, I worked with 350.org, the largest international grassroots climate change organization, to use creative communication to educate the public about the impacts and solutions to climate change and ideally to spark them into action.
“It’s a different way of understanding art. It’s not something you’re contemplating in an exhibition space, this is something that people can come and experience.“-Camilo Godoy, intern at Immigrant Movement International
All images courtesy of Immigrant Movement International
“What I’m doing with the cups is I’m up-cycling them. They’re not trash to me, I’m turning them into art objects, which the art gallery sells. I want people who come in here to think about that. What else in their life can they turn into art…that they would otherwise throw away or disregard?” -Gwyneth Leech
- Gwyneth is inpsired by choral music, especially Palestrina and Thomas Tallis, and the blog Laughing Squid
- DIY directions: Gwyneth saves her cups and draws on them with Faber Castell pens and water color. When she’s done with the design she coats the cup with acrylic varnish or other sealants suitable for drawings, to preserve the paper from oxygen, oil, and moisture.
- Here’s a link to the project she inspired in Singapore, Paint a Miracle
- Visit Gwyneth’s blog and facebook, and follow @gwynethleech on twitter
“By valuing the arts I feel like you value..people’s opinions…across race, class because we all express ourselves and arts doesn’t see the color of one’s skin.” -Sharon De La Cruz, graffiti artist and program director of ACTION and WOMEN at The Point
All images courtesy of Sharon De La Cruz and The Point.
“Places like The Point are really marking this area as a cultural destination.” - Carey Clark, Visual Arts Program Director at The Point
“We’re not providing solutions…We’re providing the platform for people to talk about it, and hopefully we’ll all figure it out together.”- Kristen Svorka & Lana Zellner founders of Ground Up talking about their community art project Art not Arrests
- Want to get involved? Art Not Arrests Construction is happning Sunday, April 1 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Help Ground Up Designers build build the framework and satisfy all urges to get dirty, use power tools, and play outside. Food and beverages will be served. For more info visit http://www.facebook.com/events/286344471436360/
- Kristen and Lana funded the project through Kickstarter and have some great tips, check back soon to hear their funding story
- Follow @GUpDesigners on twitter