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The OCH Art Market: A Huge Success Story!

What an amazing first event Project Create had yesterday. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and supported us. Our booth had painting supplies for art market customers to paint their own artworks for FREE!!!

We had 14 paintings created, and more importantly, 14 NEW ARTISTS!!! The whole point of Project Create is to make more people explore their creative selves…and we succeeded 14 times! On top of that, we raised over $100 in donations. WHAT A GREAT DAY!

Check out some of our pictures from the day:

Project Create Booth

First Project Create Customers!!!

New Young Artists!

New Young Artists!

First Dollar Raised From Project Create Services!!!

“First Time Painting In Years”


Man Cat – A Project Create Mascot!

Family Day Out – Perfect Time To Make Art!

Painting Party

5 Brand New Happy Artists

A New Prodigy In Town!

Busy Makin’ Art

Is He Humming? Yes, He Is!!!

Creative Creature!

Having A Great Time At The Project Create Free Painting Booth!

The Art Market was also a great success for meeting new people and making some great networking connections (even some that may lead to a permanent space for Project Create to teach classes!!!). You can be sure to see Project Create at more OCH Art Market events, as well as other markets around the city. We will keep you updated on all of our events, and until then, don’t forget to like us on Facebook and share our page with your friends!

To help us raise the money for our own studio, you can DONATE here.

Project Create’s First Event: Paint Your Own Art at the OCH Art Market

Project Create has reached a new level: we have raised over $1000 (a huge thank you to all of our amazing donors), and we have officially booked our first event at the OCH (Oretha Castle Haley BLVD) Art Market!!!

This Saturday (9/8/2012 – not March 10), we will be hosting a booth where anyone and everyone can paint their own art for FREE! We will have a table set up with acrylic paints, paint brushes, and canvasses for you to paint your little hearts out. So if you are free on Saturday, make your way down to the OCH Art Market and make yourself an artist! This month is focused on wellness and health, so be sure to also check out some great original art, yoga, and Thai food (Yum!).

I hope to see you on Saturday!!! (and until then, be sure to DONATE and help us reach our campaign goal)

Daily Art Project: Doodle A Day

If Project Create hopes to accomplish anything, its to show you that anyone can be artistic at any time. Check out this inspiring idea from the creative mind over at Mindless Babble:

I recently saw this thing called the 365 project in which someone is suppose to take one picture a day for a whole year.  I got interested in this project but me not being one for taking pictures I decided to do my own version of the project.

Instead of taking one picture a day I will produce one doodle a day.  I’m not the greatest artist in the world, it’s just something I used to do a lot as a kid that I want to reconnect with. I’m also interested to see if my art will improve at all at the end of these 365 days.

Since I will be drawing something new each day I need a subject matter, and what better subject to use other than my favorite video game series Mega Man.  So for the next 365 days I’ll be drawing a new character from the classic Mega Man series and once that’s done I’ll most likely move on to other video game related things.

So let the doodles begin!!!

So how about it? Think you can doodle once a day for an entire year? If you work in an office, you probably do it already, so you might as well make a game of it. So grab a pen and a piece of paper and doodle away!

Please feel free to share your doodles with Project Create. We would love to see what you come up with.

Bartering for Art?

I think it is safe to say that one of the major inhibitors of creative expression is money. Art supplies are expensive and being a full time artist can certainly be a financial risk. Without a guaranteed return on investment, not a lot of people (including myself) can afford to create art without sacrifice.

When I was in high school I was lucky enough to have a job, but most of that money was spent on clothes (I had a misplaced obsession with turtlenecks back in the day), gas, and diner food with my friends. Not a lot was left over to spend on art supplies. This is one of the reasons why Project Create will be so valuable to New Orleans. With resources available for free to students and elderly, a huge portion of the New Orleans community can create art without worrying about the financial burden.

As Project Create develops, I am constantly thinking of new ways to benefit the “struggling” artist, financially or otherwise. I came across an article in the Huffington Post about a hospital in New York that exhanges healthcare for creative talent that reads:

Got talent, but can’t afford a visit to the doctor? A new program at the Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx is offering a unique healthcare option for uninsured artists and entertainers in exchange for their creativity.

Applicants will go through an interview process to demonstrate their work:

The process is quick and friendly. It is designed to assess what area of the hospital would be best suited for your artistic abilities, and it gives you the opportunity to learn more about this program.Executive Director Iris Jimenez-Hernandez explains the program, “We have a large artist community in the Bronx and northern Manhattan who often go without care. This (program) will change that and it allows artists to give back to their local community.”

Once artists are enrolled, they will be required to work with hospital staff on various tasks such as performing for hospital events and helping with creative art programs to help ailing patients.

For each hour worked, individuals earn $40 of healthcare which can be used on a range of services including doctor visits, emergency care, and even surgery procedures.

Renata Marinaro of the Eastern Region for the Actors’ Fund said artists generally make an annual salary of $24,000 and therefore, “They can’t afford that kind of money and they need to get their health care and this is an excellent way for them to get that health care and contribute to the community.”

The program, which started on Monday, comes at a time when the city’s jobless rate continues to rise. In December, it was reported that New York’s rate rose to 9 percent, with the private sector adding only 38,900 jobs in 2011.

Isn’t it great to find other people fighting the good fight? While Project Create has no intentions to offer healthcare to artists, this program does inspire some good ideas. Right now we are looking to encourage local artists and art students to volunteer, because volunteering has it’s own benefits. But the possibility of teaching a class in exchange for supplies is definitely something to think about. 

Do you have any ideas about how Project Create can make art less of a financial risk?

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