What is Charlotte Without Art?
In 2010, most of Charlotte’s murals were indoors. Most of its paintings were seen in small gallery showings. Many of its best sculptures hadn’t been commissioned yet. Mostly, what Charlotteans knew of art came from museums, our skyline, and Festival in the Park. Many of us didn’t see Charlotte as an ‘Art’ city.
In 2014, Wendy Hickey formed Charlotte-based ArtPop to change that. Since then, it has worked with over 130 regional visual artists, sculptors, painters, digital artists, and creators to showcase their work across public viewing platforms throughout the Charlotte region. ArtPop didn’t bring art to Charlotte, but it brought art out of the gallery, out of the museum, and into the public eye in a bold, new way.
For years, ArtPop received funding from a number of grants and partnerships including the Arts and Science Council, The Knight Foundation, and the Reemprise Fund throught Foundation for the Carolinas. Recently however, those resources have all but dried up. Without public and private grants, ArtPop will miss out on providing 20 artists with community networking. It won’t be able to provide a scholarship to one high school senior to put towards an art school education. And the public will miss out on seeing colorful art line some of our most public spaces in Charlotte. All of which in turn provides financial resources to the artists themselves in terms of private commission, exposure, and gallery sales.
So what is Charlotte without art? To many, Charlotte will look the same for 2020. The artists have already been jury selected. The ad space has already been secured. But in 2021, Charlotte roadways, walkways, airports, and more will lose colorful expressions of our people and our city. Art, and especially local art, is a representation of who we are. Do we really want to lose that?
ArtPop is looking for financial contributions to continue is mission into 2021 and beyond. Any contribution, no matter the size, helps us get one step closer to providing these artists with the resources so many of them don’t have regular access to. With your gift ArtPop can continue helping artists and Charlotte, forge a path into being a new creative gateway in North Carolina.
ArtPop by the Numbers
ArtPop is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to provide artists, both amateur and professional, with public platforms to showcase their work.
Each year, ArtPop provides public displays and business resources to 20 juried artists in the Charlotte region.
ArtPop artists have seen:
89% growth of digital audience
85% growth in art community networking
41% in sales/commission increases
59% sales growth through ArtPop related events