Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Art Dispersal - SUNDAY, MAY 5th!

Art - Accessible to 100% of people

ART DISPERSAL May 5, 1-7pm
84 Main Street, Philmont, NY

Last May, Free Columbia ran an Art Dispersal Event where 116 original works of art were dispersed to people who took on the responsibility of being a steward of a piece of art. Many people participated both by donating work and by becoming stewards. The event was a huge success in many ways. So we are going to do it again! On Sunday May 5 we will have an Art Dispersal Event. This year we will hold it at our space at 84 Main Street in Philmont NY.

As a society we have placed original visual art outside of the financial means of the majority of people. At the same time we have impoverished most of our artists. At Free Columbia we are trying to turn this situation around. This means that you can become the steward of a painting. That means that you can live with the painting for as long as you like, you can pass it along to someone else who wants it and, if you no longer want to keep it, you can return it to the artist who created it.

You may ask, how much does it cost to become a steward of art? It does not cost. You cannot pay for it. This opportunity is freely given. Of course it does cost something to bring a painting into existence. Someone has to buy materials and have food and shelter while they work. But you can’t pay for that to happen in relation to the paintings available at Art Dispersal. It has already happened.

And if the question then occurs, “This is a good thing, this art dispersal, what can I do so that it happens in future years?” The answer is - you can support the conditions that make free culture possible. You can make a pledge or a donation to Free Columbia.

Let us see what happens when we ask people to support the conditions for creativity instead of purchasing artwork.

Participating Artists:
Laura Summer
Nick Pomeroy
Nathaniel Williams
Martina Muller
Brooke Nixon
Patricia Homan Lynch