ABOUT THE BROOKLYN ARTISTS RELIEF FUND
The devastation from hurricane Sandy has had a major impact for the arts community. Flooding as high as 10' caused extensive damage to the Red Hook, Gowanus, and DUMBO areas. The damage many of the art professionals with ground floor studios and businesses have suffered will effect the whole arts community that relies on them for needed services. The insurance coverage these companies have will not be enough.
Mister ArtSee, the nation's mobile art laboratory, and the ART© group have set up an emergency relief fund for artists and art professionals who have suffered losses due to hurricane Sandy. 100% of all funds will go directly to companies and artists affected by the storm. Funds will be used directly to repair and replace needed equipment and supplies so that we can try and keep their livelihoods and services going. Mister ArtSee is a 501(c) arts organization and all contributions are tax deductible.
You can make your tax deductible donation to the Brooklyn Artists Relief Fund through PayPal here:
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HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED MOBILE ARTS LABORATORY
ArtSee vehicles are a pioneering project to bring art and art education around the country through specially designed mobile art laboratories. Since 2005, the Mister ArtSee project has brought exhibits, lectures, videos, presentations and classroom activities to thousands of all ages around the country and by doing so, has become a national symbol for art and art education.
A first-of-its-kind experimental platform in both form and content for contemporary arts is being created in New York City. Mister ArtSee is completely transformed out of a 1960 ice-cream truck into a phantasmagorical mobile arts vehicle. A work of art as well as a space for art, Mister ArtSee has been developed to maximize versatility, accessibility and expandability as a self-sufficient, multipurpose art-mobile, whose possibilities are limited only by the imagination of its participants.
"Mister ArtSee will be able to change it's shape and size from an interior exhibition space to an open stage to an amphitheater, projection stage and more. It will be equipped with numerous extensions—a platform stage, video projectors, a podium—with the ability to fold out and open up to facilitate such projects," said artist and founder of the ArtSee project Elliott Arkin. "The design seeks to achieve maximum versatility and world class artistry to fulfill our mission of bringing information and contemporary art to the areas it visits, especially neighborhoods, schools, playgrounds, parks and public spaces not typically served by traditional art institutions."
Circumventing the typical path from studio to gallery to museum, Mister ArtSee will offer new platforms for artists to completely transform the vehicle according to their visions. Furthermore, informative videos and other materials, lectures, presentations, performances and programs developed by the arts community and displayed throughout the ArtSee vehicle will provide information and education on the arts.
"Mister ArtSee is a significant concept at a time when our world is re-examining social structures," said Cary Levine, professor of Art History at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and consultant on the ArtSee project. "The approach--bringing an adaptable and accessible platform for art to people--is timely and much needed for artists and audiences alike. The project is ripe for encouraging real innovation and creative expansion in the arts, both in how they're created and how they're experienced."
Due to be completed before the Spring of 2011, the first ArtSee vehicle will be unveiled in New York City. To coincide with its inauguration, a "first day of issue" United States postage stamp has been created to honor the project. Each stamp will be available through the not-for-profit ART© group organization to raise funds for the ongoing Mister ArtSee project.
Mister ArtSee's Board of Advisors include: Museum Magazine's creator Larry Warsh; New York Cares founder Noah Gotbaum; architect Dario Nunez-Ameni and artists Marc Lafia, Kiki Seror and Renee Cox. The group has been awarded several prestigious grants including the $50,000 Annenberg Foundation Grant, as well as a The Brooklyn Arts Council re-grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.
About ART© group
ART© group is a not-for-profit 501c3 arts organization established to support and run the ArtSee vehicles. The ArtSee project includes an open platform to receive and facilitate creative projects as suggested by artists, art organizations and community groups. The organization welcomes all inquiries. For more information contact MisterArtSee@aol.com.
Mister ArtSee andART© vehicles are trademarks of the ART© group.
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