Art for People

Mission Statement

Art for People Projects is committed to promoting creativity that is open to all people everywhere.

Purpose 

  • To offer and support culturally sensitive art projects in diverse communities; 
  • To focus on the healing potential of art making; 
  • To create a legacy of creative art projects; 
  • To create an initiative that incorporates art/craft making into a marketable product for individuals and communities to achieve more sustainability;
  • To contribute to social change and justice by bringing art therapy to the global community.

Vision

Art for People was created by Martine Bédard and Andy Holmes, two graduates from the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. The seeds of Art for People originated from Martine and Andy’s dilemma around selling the art they created. They wanted to sell affordable art to counter the historical trend of art being bought by wealthy people. They also wanted to make the sale of artwork about something broader than personal profit.  

Structure

Art for People Projects is an initiative overseen by KATIA, which raises money to support creative community projects around the world. Art for people Project intends to continue fundraising to support creative projects around the world.

Coordinator

Andy Holmes
Email: art_for_people@yahoo.com

History & Highlights

(for more info visit www.artforpeople.ca)

  • August 2005: 1st Art for People fundraiser to benefit the Kootenay Rowbusters, a breast cancer survivor dragon boat team, and the BC Breast Cancer Research society.
  • February 2006: 2nd Art for People Fundraiser held at Diamond Mountain University, Arizona, to raise funds for:
    • an art therapy project at the Casa Elisabeth Orphanage in Imuris, Mexico;  
    • an open community art project for children in Imuris, Mexico; and
    • the Diamond Mountain University Foundation.
  • June 2007: 3rd Art for People Fundraiser held at Coombe Cottage, Rossland, to raise funds to purchase art and school materials to be distributed in rural communities in Peru. 
  • June 2008: 4th Art for People Fundraiser at Coombe Cottage with funds going to:
    • the theatre of the oppressed project in Brazil;
    • a project in Nairobi using expressive arts with street youth; and
    • two grants to fund creative projects
  • June 2009: 5th Art for People Fundraiser at Coombe Cottage with funds going to:
    • the Nepal House Society;
    • rural schools in the Annapurna region; and
    • Take A Stand For Kids project in Nicaragua.
  • June 2010: 6th Art for People Fundraiser at The Expressive Arts Studio in Vancouver with funds going to: 
    • the Nepal House Society; and
    • The Expressive Arts Studio.

Art for People Community Grants

These grants are intended to support creative community projects and to support groups or individuals doing grassroots community work from a not-for-profit base. Any project attempting to promote individual and community well-being through the creative expressive arts will be considered.

Other criteria that will be considered are:

  • Projects that are planned with other community partners;
  • Cultural sensitivity to the communities needs;
  • Projects that lay the groundwork for the potential of continued programming; 
  • Creativity in breadth and depth;
  • Initiatives that incorporate art/craft making into establishing a marketable product for individuals and communities to achieve more sustainability;
  • Contributions to social change and justice through bringing art therapy to the global community.

Please note that grant money is preferably put towards art supplies and program supplies and programming costs rather than for wages.

Grant applications will be reviewed by the Art for People Projects committee.

Send applications to:
admin@kutenaiarttherapy.com

Art for People Projects Grants c/o KATIA
191 Baker Street, 2nd Floor
Nelson, BC, V1L 4H1
Canada