Art Experiences for the LOLA Arts Community
2020 has introduced a lot of new words/phrases into our vocabulary. We all are quite familiar with the phrases "social-distancing" and "COVID protocols." The new buzz word in the art center world is "pivoting." This is a word that those of us who manage art centers love/hate. We hate it because it means we need to analyze and reinvent how we provide art experiences due to the pandemic, taking us out of our comfort zone. We love it because it presents a new spin (and a challenge) on how we deliver experiences to our community.
At a time when arts centers are wondering how they will sustain the pandemic, members of the LOLA Arts Community have helped us make a temporary pivot possible through our Giving Tuesday fundraiser. Many thanks to the donors who helped us exceed our goal, allowing us to present a variety of virtual program offerings free of charge to the entire LOLA community across the country.
We will continue to have a small number of on-campus experiences at LOLA, interspersed with virtual experiences. I have been partaking in virtual art experiences; concerts, art projects and, cooking classes. Last Friday I participated in an acrylic painting class fundraiser through the Center for Visual Arts in Wausau, WI. The experience ended up being so much more meaningful than I could have ever predicted, on so many levels. An art packet of supplies along with zoom instruction set me up for a memorable experience that left me filled with hope for virtual art experiences.
The photo collage below shows the steps from left to right that outlined my journey during the class which was entitled "Paint With A Purpose" ala Jim Dine's "Confetti Heart." The middle photo on the bottom is that of my husband's experience; a contrast to my work, exemplifying that art is a personal expression. I found that the final product did not mean so much to mean as the journey that I took to get there. Truly, an art experience that will stick with me for years to come.
Happy Holidays and cheers to many new art experiences virtual or in-person in 2021!