An Open Space Initiative to put Artists to Work and Create Public Art
Arts and community are not cancelled. In fact, we believe that they are the most powerful tools at our disposal. That is why Open Space is teaming up with fellow Vashon Island organizations to create !Attention! Artists at Work.
!Attention! Artists at Work (AAW) is a jobs program led by Open Space for Arts and Community in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. The goal of the program is to hire artists during this challenging economic time.
Your support of !Attention! Artists at Work will make an immediate impact in artists lives and a lasting impact on the community.
Upcoming Dates & Important Links
All over the country, artists and artisans are losing their jobs and income. Vashon artists face the same economic catastrophe. Artists are losing traditional opportunities for sales, commissions, and artistic fees as well as their day jobs.
The US has a strong history of successfully putting artists and artisans back to work during hard times. During the Great Depression, Roosevelt did it through the Works Progress Administration (WPA). In the 1970s, CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) offered artists and artisans meaningful work at fair wages. The resulting artwork stands as a testament to the strength and solace art lends during adversity as well as a message from the past. !Attention! Artists at Work is inspired by the successes of these Federal programs.
How it Works
The AAW program is comprised of a series of public arts projects. Open Space for Arts and Community is fundraising for these projects, and is collaborating with Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA) and UMO Ensemble to connect local artists with a project.
All projects sponsored through AAW are for the public, and designed to be easily accessible to anyone on the Island. Investing in public art now will put food on artists’ tables, create public art for all islanders, and send a message to the future. AAW projects will be free to the public.
The first project of this initiative was inspired by large public art murals, as well as the AIDS quilt. Rather than one large painting, imagine a quilt of paintings, each as one-of-a-kind as our community. The “mural quilt” will consist of about 60 panels from many local artists that are 32 inches by 32 inches each, forming a collage of island art.
A drive-by spectacle! This project highlights dance and awe-inspiring physical performance (at a safe physical distance). Five choreographers will work with dancers to put on 3 shows each, for a total of 15 shows this summer. Look for these shows at one or more locations around Vashon.
How to Join the Effort
Are you an artist looking for work? Please click this link.
We’re in search of artists from across disciplines. Funds are only available for artists whose ability to work has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Please fill out this form to learn more.
Are you a Vashon landowner with a publicly visible location for public art? Please click this link.
Do you represent a nonprofit organization or small business that would be interested in volunteering or supporting our efforts? Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a community member who wants to fund part of this project?
Fundraising for the mural quilt project is well underway! If you are able to donate, we have included levels below to make it easier to visualize the power of your gift. However, a donation of any size will be used to grow this project to include as many artists as possible in a variety of ways.
$25 – A blank panel for an artist to paint
$50 – Installation of a panel
$100 – Employ artisans and carpenters to create a mural structure to attach panels
$250 – Sponsor half of a completed panel
$500 – Sponsor a full panel on our first mural