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April 21, 2021

 



A Millennial's View

Articles by Savannah Davis



ArtPop Street Gallery


There are some days when working for Namta feels like just that. Work. Spreadsheets and meetings and never-ending emails. Even those days, I enjoy it more than any other job I have had- but it’s still a job. Then there are other days, where you can get overcome with passion for the industry and the ideas are free flowing and the whole day flies by. The kind of day that startles you because you look up and realize you have missed all of your meals and the end of day count down disappeared entirely. As a side note, I am very much NOT one of those people who freely says, “oh my goodness I just forgot to eat” …I look forward to three full meals and a handful of snacks in between. I bring all of this up because I feel like those, “forget your job is actually a job” kind of days are such good soul refreshers and I was lucky enough to have one last week when speaking with Wendy Hickey, the Executive Director from ArtPop Street Gallery...........READ STORY



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ArtPop’s first mural in Charlotte, NC at 36th & Davidson,
Hear, Imagine, and Be Love by Abel Jackson






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2021
National Arts Advocacy Summit




by Sue Cohen, Namta
Pictured 2nd from left, at 2019 Summit

Two of us from Namta recently attended the 2021 National Arts Advocacy Summit - Savannah Davis and me - virtually of course. Although I had participated in DC two years ago in person with a visit to Capitol Hill and Congress, this 2021 virtual summit proved to be engaging with sessions focused on the arts and its intersect with so many facets of our lives from education, military, health, the public, and the economy. And, according to the other art organizations that participated it only proved that there are many art advocates that feel the same way.......READ STORY




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72nd Street Subway Mosaic in NYC

by Vik Muniz. Photo by the MTA.

Fact and picture from www.mobilitylab.org



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The Millennial View





by Savannah Davis, Namta




ArtPop Street Gallery

There are some days when working for Namta feels like just that. Work. Spreadsheets and meetings and never-ending emails. Even those days, I enjoy it more than any other job I have had- but it’s still a job. Then there are other days, where you can get overcome with passion for the industry and the ideas are free flowing and the whole day flies by. The kind of day that startles you because you look up and realize you have missed all of your meals and the end of day count down disappeared entirely. As a side note, I am very much NOT one of those people who freely says, “oh my goodness I just forgot to eat” …I look forward to three full meals and a handful of snacks in between. I bring all of this up because I feel like those, “forget your job is actually a job” kind of days are such good soul refreshers and I was lucky enough to have one last week when speaking with Wendy Hickey, the executive director from ArtPop Street Gallery.


Hear, Imagine, and Be Love
by Abel Jackson


Wendy and I met on Zoom and her warmth jumped across my screen instantly. She spoke so passionately about ArtPop Street Gallery, that I knew it was something I had to share with all of you. For some back story, Wendy worked in the billboard industry for 20+ years with local, national and regional business. She also served as a board member for an Art’s Council. In an attempt to merge the two worlds, she pitched the idea to use billboard space to highlight artist’s work. Her GM approved it and as she relocated, 5 different times in her role, she pitched the same idea and got it approved each time- recreating the program in each new city. At that point, there was no name or non-profit, just utilizing her position in the billboard industry to feature and benefit the local artist community. ArtPop Street Gallery was officially born the day she moved to Charlotte, NC and had an overwhelming feeling in her heart that this project is what she really needed to be pursuing. She knew artists needed the promotion and public viewing, so she got to work.  What is so evident in talking to Wendy, is that she thrives off of the confidence this opportunity instils in the artist, and the transformative effective that confidence and validation has on the artist and their work.

You can join ArtPop's Wendy Hickey on
Namta Connect The Theater

on May 19 to learn more when she presents
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Simply put (per their website), “ArtPop is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that showcases local artists by featuring their art in public spaces and equipping them to achieve sustained success. We make art accessible to all people in the communities we serve because everyone deserves access to art.” Coming in to Mental Health Month (May) and out of the pandemic I think we can all agree, more than ever, that everyone deserves art. We deeply need art. Wendy tells a story of a lady driving down the road in Florida, who was having a really bad day, and came across one of their billboards. She took the time to follow the link on the billboard and mail in a $15 check along with a hand written note saying, “she didn’t have a lot of money but seeing the art on the billboard helped her soul on a really tough day.” That inspired moment, the ability to have an uplifting moment in a hard day – was created because of ArtPop Street Gallery making art accessible- even when you’re not looking for it.



Sow Justice- Grow Peace by Kara Hammond

The billboards and outdoor advertising campaigns featuring local artists is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ArtPop Street Gallery. They offer a yearly Scholarship Program in each city they are serving in, granted to a Senior High artist who will be moving on to study the arts in college after HS graduation. They partner with ArtistsU.org providing education to artists on how to live sustainable lives as artists and small business. Lastly, they have their Inspiration Projects where they serve as project managers for art projects connecting local artists to paid opportunities to create.

As we get ready to open up our Art Advocacy Grant applications, I am reminded of the good works that come from art. How art serves a community and its citizens both mentally and physically. Art beautifies our streets, quiets our restless minds and feeds our souls.  I was so appreciative that Wendy took some time to chat with me, to help remind me why the art and art materials industry is so vital. I encourage you to take some time exploring ArtPop Street Gallery website and social media, and contact Wendy if you want to be involved. Or even better, if you’re lucky enough to have access to it, go view some ArtPop Street Gallery work in person. I know you will be as inspired as I was.  They have projects currently in the Triad and Charlotte Regions of North/South Carolina, Atlanta GA and Columbus, OH. Since 2014, they have had projects in Florida, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Illinois and Las Vegas. They can only have projects in cities where there is funding and they have been able to make Charlotte their home market after 8 consecutive years here. For more information, or how to get involved, visit their website here: www.artpopstreetgallery.com.

As a reminder, the Namta Art Advocacy Grant application will reopen for 2021 recipients on May 1st. In honor of the Grant and Mental Health Month, we will be dedicating Wednesday Namta Connect Sessions in May to past grant recipients to share with us about their programs and the impact on their communities. I think these will truly be wonderful sessions, and I hope you will join us.

2021 National Arts Advocacy Summit

 




by Sue Cohen - Namta


Two of us from Namta recently attended the 2021 National Arts Advocacy Summit - Savannah Davis and me - virtually of course. Although I had participated in DC two years ago in person with a visit to Capitol Hill and Congress, this 2021 virtual summit proved to be engaging with sessions focused on the arts and its intersect with so many facets of our lives from education, military, health, the public, and the economy. And, according to the other art organizations that participated it only proved that there are many art advocates that feel the same way.

We had the opportunity to attend a ZOOM session with Namta’s NC District Congresswomen, Alma Adams, who is a vibrant and staunch supporter of the Arts. Congresswoman Adams has introduced the Saving Transit Art Resources (STAR) act, which would reinstate a federal flexibility that allows local transit authorities to incorporate art into federally-funded transit projects. “Public art is infrastructure. When incorporated into transit networks, public art increases ridership, reduces vandalism, and encourages safety and security. The STAR act would enable transit authorities to incorporate public art as part of their infrastructure investments, creating more vibrant and welcoming mass transit options." It would allow transit systems to employ artists which in turn helps the community."


Art Fact: Public Art in a transit system not only adds to a community's well-being, but also to the commuters that enjoy the art visually making them less stressed.

 

 

 



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