Spectrum ArtWorks, a program of RESOURCE, is a multifaceted program that provides support and studio space to artists living with mental illness. A component of the program is a Core Group of artists who actively organize as a collective to use the studio to make new work, exhibit together, and build community. Spectrum ArtWorks promotes opportunities for Core Group members through finding group and individual exhibition opportunities, writing artist statements and biographies, and updating resumes.
Artists of the program have shown their work in different venues throughout the Twin Cities, including Soo Visual Arts Center, Intermedia Arts, Augsburg College and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. In addition, members have worked to educate the public about mental illness; thereby reducing stigma. We have received national honors for our efforts such as The Eli-Lilly Pharmaceutical Company’s “Moving Lives Forward Award” for 2004, VSA Arts Accessibility Award and an award from NAMI-MN in 2006, praise from Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and an endless amount of positive press.
Although in different stages in their careers, members of Spectrum ArtWorks Core Group are working as professional artists. Members work diligently and consistently on creating new work and use the program to further their ventures into the larger arts community. Spectrum ArtWorks staff provide support, but members of the program are expected to create their own work, have consistent attendance, and manage their own careers. The Core Group is not a class. This is not art therapy nor is it a drop-in program. This is a serious group of artists who are committed to their art careers and are working toward a common mission. Core Group members are required to participate in a 30 minute meeting every Tuesday beginning at 2:00pm. This meeting is to reflect on past activities, share exhibition possibilities, and set goals.
We always provide acrylic, watercolor, colored pencils, paper and painting surfaces as well as other supplies. We aim to make the studio a safe space for all.
We currently have 1 Core Group opening. Apply now!
Members of the Core Group review your application. They collectively have decided on the following criteria to consider when reviewing your application:
• Level of seriousness of the artist
• Overall quality of the art
• Ability to contribute new skills and talents to the larger group
• Willingness to make a long-term commitment to the goals and mission of the group
• Overall quality of the application in general
To learn how to apply contact Jes Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (612) 752 - 8282. Deadline is August 4th!