ART SHANTY PROJECT: CONNECTING PEOPLE THROUGH ART

Do you ever get that feeling of being intimated by an artwork? Like going to an art exhibit or gallery makes you feel overwhelmed by all the art pieces around you? You want to touch an artwork but could not do so because it is prohibited by the management. It is as if going to the gallery is something that you just have to do because it was assigned to you by your arts and humanities professor. You grudgingly go to the exhibit and bitterly look at the pieces on display just to get it over and done with but in reality, you did not understand any of it. There is a disconnect between you and the artist. You feel as if he or she is unapproachable as if the artist’s work is imposing on you. Yeah, we understand. We also feel the same way most of the time. It makes us feel sad when people feel this way about art. Art is something to be enjoyed and appreciated. It should not feel like it is just another homework or assigned task to be done. That is why we came up with the Art Shanty Project. We want people to know more about the arts. We want people to discover their passion for this form of expression that has long been a part of our way of life. We want people to appreciate art for art’s sake. We want people to get to know the artists behind every artwork that they see. We want people to go out of their garage doors in Albuquerque and join us in celebration of the arts. The Art Shanty Project is a non-profit organization of artists and supporters who want to give our artists an opportunity to show their craft in non-gallery settings. We know how intimidating galleries and exhibits can be that is why we are giving the artists and the public an opportunity to interact in a different setting. Our artists design their own shanties or little houses that would showcase their artworks. We make use of public spaces and explore ways on how to turn them into artistic environments. We put the art shanties on display in public spaces, creating a temporary community where artists and art enthusiasts gather together and just let art connect them with each other. People who go to our art shanty projects can meet the artists themselves, ask them questions about their craft, and let them show their appreciation for what they do. It is our hope to bring people together through art and spread the love for the arts. This can only be possible when people have a real understanding of the artist’s work, when there is a connection between the people and the art. The Art Shanty Project invites all local artists to join us. We are open to musicians, writers, visual artists, sculptors, crafters, storytellers, dancers, actors, composers, thespians, and all those who find themselves expressing their thoughts and feelings in different media. […]

LET’S ALL WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP OUR ART SHANTIES LONGER

The Art Shanty Project is a non-profit organization of artists and supporters who want to give our artists an opportunity to show their craft in non-gallery settings. We make use of public spaces and explore ways on how to turn them into artistic environments. We have pooled all our resources together to make all our projects possible and we really appreciate the support that we have been getting from the public. Your support and admiration have been overwhelming. They push us to continue our projects to be able to reach more people and lead them to appreciate our arts and crafts in a different setting. However, to be able to do so, we need sponsors, partners, donors, and volunteers to keep our art shanties longer. Making our art shanties and keeping them longer take a lot of time and resources. We need funds for our materials and to sustain our operations. We appeal to all those who have the capacity and resources to help us in any way. We hear the public’s clamour to keep our art shanties longer but please help us to do so. Those who want to volunteer for our projects can send us a message at helpinghands@artshanties.com. We will include you in our volunteer pool. We need ushers, guides, and logistics support. Those who want to donate can send us an email at artfund@artshanties.com so that we can provide the bank account details. We can provide an official receipt for your donation that you can use for tax rebates and other incentives. Those who want to partner with us or those who can sponsor our events can send us a message at partnersforart@artshanties.com. We believe that through our mutual love for the arts, we can all work together to keep our art shanties longer and for more people to have access to our art form for the promotion of art appreciation.

PUBLIC SPACES FOR ART

Public spaces are for everyone. It should be a safe and friendly place for all kinds of people, from different walks of life. It should be a haven especially for the children, the elderly, and the differently abled. It should foster a fun and secure ambiance for the enjoyment of everyone. But how do we turn public spaces into fun spaces? We put art in them! Art livens up the surroundings. It inspires the people. It makes them use their imagination. That is why we have decided to set up our art shanties in public spaces. And we can all see the difference! As our artists explore different possibilities in designing our public spaces, we all benefit from it. Their concept of space and style is exceptional. We now have public spaces that are oozing with an artistic vibe and at the same time, provide a fun and secure environment for the people. This also paves the way for people to come together in one place. The art in public spaces is already one reason for them to go to these spots plus these artworks are conversation starters. People can talk about how it looks, what they think the artist wants to convey, and what it means to them. From there, their conversations can lead them to talk about other stuff and it could be the start of a beautiful friendship. Artists put so much of their time and effort in making our public spaces a relaxing and enjoyable setting for everyone. These public spaces now have evolving styles depending on the needs of the community. They can transform its look over time to give way to celebrations and important occasions while still maintaining the fun vibe in the atmosphere through their artwork. That is the beauty of having art in our public spaces and having our artists design our public spaces.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ART IN OUR SOCIETY

Art is a part of our culture. It should be given importance by the people. It is the expression of our creative ideas and imagination. It has different forms such as the visual arts, sculpture, music, literature, theater, films, and other ways that artists choose as a medium for their craft. The important thing is that they are able to put their imagination and ideas into something tangible – although these are subject to other people’s comprehension and appreciation. And when the members of a society continue to do this, there is a collective psyche of a particular period or generation. Art transcends time. It transcends the artist who was responsible in its creation. It shatters barriers and goes beyond them to be able to share its message and speak of its meaning. Art rises above language, class, religion, gender, and other factors that seem to divide the world. Art brings people together. It elicits different reactions and emotions but everyone can agree that it moves them to think, to feel, and to act. Art is there to remind us of the values that we uphold. It makes us realize that we may all come from different walks of life but there are some things that are undeniably common to all of us – like love, friendship, and freedom. It reminds us that there are more important things in life. It makes us realize the importance of pursuing our passion and expressing ourselves. At the end of the day, we can say that art makes us a better person – by making us think profoundly, by making us feel deeper, and by making us act and do something other than not doing anything at all. Salute to all our artists out there. Thank you for expressing what we do not have the words to say.