Your passion for art may be something that has been there since you were young. You are enamored by shapes, colors, forms and even how these things relate to the real world. You find deep meanings in Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm, and you are in love with Grant Wood’s American Gothic. Art is love. Art is life. And art is a pursuit that you want to share with your community.
This may prove to be a challenge, especially if the people you are targeting did not grow up to appreciate art and masterpieces that tackle human nature. That, however, does not mean that you have to give up. There are some efforts and projects that you can do if you want to promote art and culture in your locale.
Below are some of the things you can do if you want to promote arts and culture in your community.
Start an Art School
If you really are passionate about art and teaching, then you may want to start a small art school. This is an effort you can execute, especially if you notice that there are no art schools in your locale. You can even have it right at your home (given that you have a big space). You may target young ones, too. If you want a stable business model, schools like One River offer franchise opportunities that you can look into.
To inspire people, you need to show them beautiful masterpieces. And this is something that you can do by organizing exhibits. If you are into this project, you should find artists who are willing to have their artworks exhibited. Your exhibit should have a theme first so that everything looks pulled together. You must make sure that it has a wide range—from realistic art pieces to abstract and sculptures.
Exhibits will also serve as a venue for artists to attract buyers and collaborators. Initially, you may want to offer the fair for free to draw in more people. You can make it an annual happening for consistency.
Organize a Competition
Once you have gained a foothold in the local art scene, you may choose to organize an art competition. That way, you will inspire people in your locale to show off their hidden talents. You can have a separate competition for young people, too. Of course, you need to make sure that it also has a theme. The artworks produced at the competition can also be used for exhibits.
All these efforts can be started and sustained if they have a backbone. One piece would be you, and the other remaining may come from major sponsors. You can seek sponsorship from private companies, especially those who are known to be patrons of arts and cultures. On top of that, local government agencies, museums and cultural centers will be of great help.
If you are passionate about something, share it with others. That way, you get to spread the wonder and beauty of art.