Articulture began doing public art projects in 2009 with a mural on the side of our building. We enlisted area teens to spearhead the project as an engaging way to introduce them to the realm of public art. The creative team of teens and lead artists sought input and assistance from community members, enabling locals to participate in the beautification of their own neighborhood. Inspired by the success of this collaborative community project, we began to seek other teen-driven public art opportunities. Our next project arose in 2011 with the Seward Market Community Mural, then again in 2013 with the Seward Gateway Sculpture.
Over time, it became a apparent to us that we had the ability to facilitate teens in making significant contributions to their communities through art. Since the Seward Gateway Sculpture project, we've been recruiting participants and gathering funds to create the Youth Arts Collaborative (YAC). We're excited to be pursuing this venture in Minneapolis where there is so much support for the arts.
If you are inspired to support this work, please reach out! Some of the ways we can use help include:
- Donations - If we're doing a Kickstarter for a specific project, you'll know. But in the meanwhile, donations to Articulture help grease the wheels that keep us open and make it possible for us to facilitate public art projects. We know how to make a dollar stretch. Every bit helps!
- Research - Sometimes that means scouting the city for locations we could put up art, sometimes it means navigating the lines of communication at the City, sometimes it means looking for sponsorship opportunities. This is for motivated, responsible people.
- Food - The gift of food is a touching way to support young artists making the choice to use their time and talents to contribute to their community. When we're working on a specific project, regular food donations are amazing. When we're in planning mode, the budding Teen Arts Council still meets weekly and would be honored to accept food donations.
- Teen artists - Please let youth in your life know about Articulture and they can get involved. More info is on our Youth Arts Collaborative page.
- Volunteers - The work is periodic. We don't do public art projects constantly. But when we do, we need all hands on deck for an amazing array of work. Everything from helping run community events, preparing food donations for youth, supporting communications efforts, hauling supplies, etc etc etc Visit our volunteer page and fill out the application to get on our contact list when we need help. And if you're excited to be part of Articulture sooner than later, check out the other opportunities we have available for folks who have time and talented to contribute!