We need to close by February 19, 2016. Then I must begin needed repairs to the furnace and plumbing. I hope to have the space ready to have a public dedication on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Cinderblocks3.
My son Isaac thinks we should call the art center Salt and Pepper Studios, since salt is used in medicine and a little pepper is what makes health activists great.
Thank you CANCER101 and so many others for supporting this project so far! I will keep you posted as we go forward. Some folks have had a few questions about the new art center. Though I do not do list posts very often, I thought this would be the easiest way to explain why we need to create this center.
We need a place that artists from all over America can come and paint together. A place where we can support and inspire each other. If we want this movement to grow from hundreds to thousands of jackets, we need a place where we can paint and grow this movement.
The children are watching. They are amazing information sponges. They see that in school they have math and reading everyday but may only get art once a week. Or perhaps they must choose. They can take an art class or a music class or band, but not all three. They can see that a town or a county will spend thousands on a soccer field, tennis courts and baseball diamonds, but not invest in outdoor easels and public art.
This project is part of a current crowdfund campaign on gofundme: The Walking Gallery We already have raised money towards the down payment on this building on Medstartr and now are gathering the funds to make needed repairs after closing, insurance for the building and any offsite events, and this fund helps pay for the paint and shipping cost associated with the Walking Gallery.
In July 2015, Grantsville became the site of the first Arts and Entertainment District in Garrett County. My work with the students of the local school, hosting #Cinderblocks2 here and creating pieces of neighborhood art, helped ensure this designation.