The Artery is committed to helping promote art in the community and the use of art in programs in various ways. 10% of all the net proceeds on our website are put toward The Artery Scholarship Fund, which will go each year to an underprivileged student who is applying to or attending art school or for art supplies for a program in need. The more sales we have each year, the larger that scholarship fund will be, and the more budding artists we can support!
In 2015, we discovered the ArtWrite Resilient program, an emerging community arts initiative in Dane County, WI developing intentionally inclusive and potentially empowering art workshops alongside queer youth, youth of color, and young womyn. After hearing about the amazing work they plan to do with Briarpatch Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin, we knew that the small donation of art supplies would be utilized for a wonderful cause.
ArtWrite Resilient, also known as the ArtWrite Collective, is an emerging community arts initiative in Dane County, WI developing intentionally inclusive and potentially empowering art workshops alongside queer youth, youth of color, and young womyn.
The ArtWrite Collective represents a collaboration between community artists, educators, UW students, non-profits and youth passionate about social justice. Together, they develop uniquely strengths-responsive programming that encourages creative expression, cultivates resiliency through skill building, and shifts the local landscape to represent the experiences of all youth in our community.
Supporting local artists engaged in anti-oppression work is just as critical to the ArtWrite Collective. The current cohort of volunteers identify as pro-queer, pro-womyn, pro-POC artists and activists. As program capacity expands, paid community-based artist residencies will be offered to artists interested in contributing to this justice-oriented organization. The initiative utilizes multiple artistic disciplines to meet program goals and seeks expertise across media for future projects.
The ArtWrite Collective is partnering with Briarpatch Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin for a major pilot of this initiative; our artists facilitate weekly programs with the transitional living cooperative, GoldenEye, which prevents homelessness among youth ages 18-22. Members of this cooperative are working with ArtWrite to plan an art show and mural that represent their unique experiences and creative talent. The Artery donated money from the scholarship fund to be used to buy art supplies for this project. This donation will give the youth the chance to control a small supplies budget in preparing for the art show and mural. Negotiating use of these communal funds and managing the budget is a great opportunity for some life skills development.
Contact lead artist Alaura Seidl at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about bringing ArtWrite programming to your agency’s portfolio, to apply to volunteer with ArtWrite, or to offer resources to this arts initiative.