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Art

Producing art projects for neighborhoods, downtowns, and everywhere in between

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Experimentation

Providing artists and communities the support to test new ideas while improving spaces

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Possibility

Opening doors and providing resources for new and unusual artistic projects

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Connection

Connecting artists and creative resources to communities

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Conversation

Creating dialogue through art and about art

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About Us

Read about our vision & background here.

Welcome: Art in Your Home

a community supported art program

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Welcome: Art in Your Home is a Community Supported Art program. Like community supported agriculture, art CSAs have become a popular and successful way for consumers to buy art locally and support artists who work right here in our community. You can read more about the movement in the NYTimes here. Purchase your share now and become a founding member of Welcome: Art in Your Home and support art, made locally.

Click here for more details about our program and membership information or click “Join Now” below to sign up.

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The 2014 CSA from Open Art Society includes works by 7 artists from across the Triangle selected by a jury of curators, artists, and art critics. Each artist is producing an original or limited edition work of art for the program.

Tamara Galiano Bagnell (Mixed media screen print)
JR Butler (Ceramics)
Kimberley Pierce Cartwright (Fiber art)
Heather Gordon (Screen print)
Warren Hicks (B&W Photograph)
Gracelee Lawrence (Video art & sculpture)
Matt Zigler (Transfer print)

Read more about the program here. Questions? Email Jessica Moore at art@openartsociety.org.

Welcome: Art in Your Home is modeled on the Community Supported Art project created by Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org in Minnesota.

Pop! Fuquay-Varina Downtown

Artists, collectives, and creative groups are invited to submit a proposal to be part of Pop! Fuquay-Varina Downtown for Fall 2014.

Read the full call for artists here.

Proposal deadline: August 2nd

From September through November 2014, artists from North Carolina will have the opportunity to be part of the first Pop! Fuquay-Varina Downtown art series, filling empty and idle storefront windows with site-specific art. Priority will be given to proposals that focus on the theme of water.
Fuquay Springs ca 1915-20
Why water? The Fuquay Mineral Springs were discovered around 1858 when Stephen Fuquay (or possibly his son David Crockett) was plowing his fields in what is now downtown Fuquay. The mineral spring soon became a focal point of the town. Today a picturesque park surrounds the spring and nearby you can see several historic buildings. Although these are now offices and housing, they were originally built as accommodations for people who came to “take the waters” for health benefits.

We are looking for a range of artistic installations and urban art interventions that look to the location, history, and general context of Fuquay-Varina for inspiration. Work can also highlight the physical space of the storefront windows. You might propose a piece that captures the history of Fuquay-Varina or something more abstract that touches on the characteristics of water. Proposals may also consider the specific idea of mineral springs and “taking the waters.” All proposals should be unique, creative, and site-specific. Existing work can be included if it fits within these parameters. Please consider researching the site and context before submitting your proposal and Open Art Society has some photos and documentation available. All requests and questions should be directed to Jessica Moore at
art@openartsociety.org

Proposal deadline: August 2 2014, 11:59PM.

Click here for details on the project and how to submit your proposal.

Art on Lavender Avenue

Call for Proposals

Lavender houseOpen Art Society in collaboration with Durham Parks and Recreation invite Northgate Park residents and area artists to propose creative responses to this house and help document the change in our neighborhood. We’re encouraging participatory activities and any art forms (visual, performance, literary). You could create a photo series, host a plein-air painting group, collect stories of people’s memories about the house and Northgate Park, or compose a song about the house.

All proposals will be accepted as long as they are appropriate for an all-ages, community setting. In order to accommodate everyone, we need the your information submitted to art@openartsociety.org by Tuesday, April 1st. Details on proposals available here.

Donate!

At Open Art Society we want to see art everywhere for everyone. Please consider donating today to support current projects Durham Storefront Project, Pop! Downtown Greensboro, and Welcome: Art in Your Home and help us produce more art in public space.

Donate now!

Open Art Society is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of  Open Art Society must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Durham, NC