I'm excited to announce that I've been accepted into the Artist INC Advance program through Mid America Arts Alliance (headquartered in Kansas City, MO). I recently went through their 8 week Artist INC program in the spring of 2019. We met once a week and learned how to network, promote ourselves and our art, market, create a personal business/brand, and much more!
This time the program is a year long, ending in February of 2020. It is comprised of 20 artists who have gone through the Artist INC program over the last 10(ish) years. Each of us applied with a grant proposal that was then accepted into the Advance program. Next February, the 20 artists will present our project proposal and compete to win three different grants of $1,000 each!
My project, titled Sacred Spaces: Cultivating Hope, involves a body of work that inspires change in the way society thinks about mental illness. I would like to create ten 36”x48” paintings to permanently install in a psychiatric treatment institution/facility. I call my paintings Sacred Spaces because they are imagined environments that I created for myself to have a place of escape. They became sacred to me because painting them and reflecting in them helped my anxiety and depression. I’ve struggled previously with suicidal thoughts and am still struggling with depression and needed a way to cope with the outside world. Having these spaces to journey into and reflect in is helping me through my struggles. I would like my Sacred Spaces to help other people who also struggle to have the same sense of hope that I did. Creating these spaces gives people the opportunity to self-reflect and discover new things.
This project will have three phases to it. Phase one is the production of ten paintings, set to be done in January of 2021. Phase two will be to have a public exhibition showcasing these paintings along with writings, poems, and quotes I've gathered from survivors of suicide attempts, self-harm, eating disorders, depression, and more. Phase three will then be to permanently install the paintings at a Psychiatric Treatment Facility dedicated to helping people recover from the trauma of mental disorders.
Things I will need support with during the month of March: