TwitterArtExhibit: Los Angeles is an exhibition of handmade, postcard-sized art donated by hundreds of artists from all over the world to raise funds for Art Division, a local nonprofit which mentors underserved young adults (18-25) in the Rampart district of Los Angeles in preparation for careers in the visual arts.
The concept is simple: artists from all over the world receive a call through Twitter social media to create original postcard-sized art, which they mail to a curator who then exhibits and sells them to benefit a local charity. Artists must have a Twitter account and interact with exhibition organizers to help seed the event.
The Call for Artists went out through Twitter in October and the response has been absolutely overwhelming! By tracking the #TwitterArtExhibit hashtag, participating artists, organizers, curators, the charity and the gallery have been seeding the event, giving feedback, networking, and showing support for one another.
Let’s backtrack to 2010 when David Sandum (the founder of the concept) launched the very first Twitter Art Exhibit to raise funds for a library in the town of Moss, Norway, which was suffering from budget cuts and in dire need of funds for children’s books, many in English, to serve a growing immigrant population. Artists sent 260 cards that year, and with proceeds totaling approximately $2,900.00, they were able to purchase 221 new kids’ books.
In 2012, artists sent 370 cards to the second Twitter Art Exhibit to support a women’s shelter, also in the town of Moss, Norway. David raised approximately $4,000 USD that year, and funds are still being used to this day to provide all the little extras beyond the basics, and the various activities that help a person feel “normal” again.
This time around, we are raising funds to support Art Division, a well-respected local organization providing support and mentorship to budding young artists from the Rampart district, a densely populated and underserved community in Los Angeles.
These highly talented artists don’t have much to fall back on after high-school, and many are lacking in the way of formal art training and portfolio development, an essential step to transitioning into 4-year schools and/or pursuing viable careers in a visual arts field. Art Division provides classes, one-on-one mentorship and support, and a safe space for these students to work and call home. If you haven’t already, please watch this wonderful video by Art Division.
While I don’t have the exact numbers yet, I estimate our final tally will reach between 650 and 700 postcards, a huge increase from previous years. Our deadline was Friday, January 4th, and co-curator Virginia Arce and I have barely been able to keep up with incoming submissions.
The Los Angeles event marks the beginning of a new phase for Twitter Art Exhibit, which is due to take place once yearly at different locations around the globe.
Please join us for the opening on Saturday, January 12, 2013, 7-10PM, at Exhale Unlimited Gallery on Chung King Road, in Chinatown’s Arts District. Artwork will be available for purchase at $35 a piece (all are worth more) and 100% of proceeds benefit Art Division. Who knows… you may discover work by a favorite local artist, fall in love with yet undiscovered talent, or even spot a few celebrity cameos!
For more on Twitter Art Exhibit, please visit www.twitterartexhibit.org
Nat George - Jan 7, 2013 | Gallery Openings