The Visual Revolution Art Collective
Mission Statement: The Visual Revolution Art Collective (VRAC) will assist aspiring artists by providing materials and support for the development of their work and venues where they can present it. We will increase public awareness of new artists and artistic expression.
Aspiring artists will have a venue to attract public interest in their work. Artists will feel inspired to persevere in their work, as the VRAC will make it more approachable to the general public. The mission is to create a living and active resource for the community involving local artists.
Year 1: In the first year, the organization will locate spaces for performances and exhibits. We anticipate having major events at least quarterly while having general exhibitions at least monthly. The events will include live concerts for aspiring musicians, shows for performance artists, live plays and the presentation of independent films.
The achievements of the first year will include:
· Producing and promoting four major events.
· Renting space and enrolling performers at traditional events such as the Columbus Arts Festival or Jazz and Ribs Festival where they can get mainstream exposure and attract patrons to future VRAC events.
· Attracting first-year donations of money, raw materials and equipment by at least three local companies.
· Attracting patrons to our events and exposing them to new artists and performers.
· Recruitment of established artists and performers to serve as mentors for their aspiring counterparts.
· Exhibitions at least monthly.
Year 2: In the second year, the organization will improve upon previous years successes and analyze any shortcomings.
· Bi-monthly major events.
· Increase raw materials and support from local companies and donors.
· Increase attendance of art patrons.
· Expand to larger spaces and/or an increased amount of venues.
· Increase public awareness of our events.
· Increase the number of patrons and participants.
We will survey artists, patrons and community leaders to measure our successes and shortcomings to revise our planning to better achieve future goals. By applying these management principles (continuous quality improvement), we believe we can achieve our greatest objective: growth and public support.
Year 3: In the third year, in addition to continuing the activities of the second year, we plan to engage in a full review of previous years to determine strengths and weaknesses for long range planning. For example, should performance art be thriving while fine arts are not, we will analyze how to address this deficiency.
The vision of the VRAC is that art should remain approachable to the community.
The VRAC believes that a lot of talent, creativity and beauty are lost to the world because artists become discouraged. We believe that by providing access to space, raw materials, performance opportunities and the mentorship of other artists, we can encourage local artists to continue and succeed. Much of the market for artistic expression is mass media driven and thus unobtainable for the aspiring artist; the VRAC aims to break down these barriers and be a powerful force behind the local arts.
All aspiring artists encounter problems including high production costs with little or no returns and great difficulty in finding venues to show their work. We hope to provide the opportunity for these artists to continue creating.
The VRAC intends to increase public interest in the arts. Much of the public only experiences art as presented through the mass media, thus rarely experiencing the creativity from within their own community.
The Visual Revolution started in Columbus, OH and has since branched out to Boston, NY, and now Portland. Feel free to contact me to be kept up to date on events and for more information on how to be involved. Get ready to start the fires.