2017 Progress Edition
These local businesses support the local arts, theater, and entertainment in our region.
We've done it! Artlandia, Inc. meets $10,000 artist fee goal with more funding in the works.
We've done it! Artlandia, Inc., led by Virginia Salazar-Buda, has raised the promised artist fee goal of $10,000 for a bicycle-inspired public work of art slated for Veteran's Park, adjacent to South Side Elementary School, in South Side Neighborhood (a.k.a. The Tree Streets) for 2017-2018.
The next step of the process is finding the artist and raising more funding for the artist's fee through tax-deductible sponsorships of $1,000 to $10,000. "A $1,000 donation will ensure that your name will be placed on the signage," said Salazar-Buda.
"We started off by creating fundraising events that were accessible to the general public to encourage arts engagement in the community. Now, we are asking for fiscal support through individual and business donors that understand the value of public art and how it enriches and continues to grow our community through this particular public art project," said Salazar-Buda. The Tree Streets neighborhood is comprised of a diverse population of people which are community-connected through events and programming which encourages accessibility and tolerance for all individuals. "One example of the uniqueness and availability is our neighborhood's annual Yard Sale where 200 families participate, and 10,000-15,000 people attend. This is an example of a community-oriented place where people engage with each other that would not communicate otherwise," said Salazar-Buda. "We have a tremendous opportunity to expose a lot of different folks to the arts through this fashion. And, we need your financial support to make it happen," added Salazar-Buda.
There are several positive outcomes for this project which includes an arts accessibility to the general public; engaging with a public works artist; and seeing work installed within a centralized part of the neighborhood. "What's exciting is knowing the project will be installed next to an elementary school where there is approximately 400 elementary students, staff, and families. The transient university population at East Tennessee State University; the individuals and families that live in the neighborhood; and those frequent visitors that are here because of the various city to privately held events that bring 1000's of people on our streets," added Salazar-Buda.
"I would also like to thank all individuals and businesses who believed in this bike art project and for supporting this grassroots arts initiative which began in 2010," said Salazar-Buda. "At the end of the day, if I have encouraged or inspired at least one person to be a part of the arts whether it is a child to a seasoned arts professional than all of this effort was worth it," said Salazar-Buda.
"We can all advocate for art and make a difference by sharing events on your social media platforms which are the easiest method of helping out. Please do not delay and support art today," concluded Salazar-Buda. Listed are state of Tennessee groups that advocate for art: Tennessee Specialty License Plate program (choose the art plate) at http://tnspecialtyplates.org. This license plate program directly helps The Tennessee Arts Commission who is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year (http://tnartscommission.org); and by being a member of Tennessean for the Arts at http://tn4arts.org.
Thanks to the businesses who participated (some are still participating) in showcasing Phase 1 of the bike art project (11 - 5’w x 3’h art bicycle silhouettes, produced by close to 30 people with 19 Johnson City businesses participating).
• Nelson Fine Art Center and Dos Gatos Coffee Shop
• Main Street Pizza Company
• South Side Elementary School
• The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room
• Energy Fitness
• The Johnson City Public Library
• Fizz Soda Shop
• Fouled Anchor
• YEEHAW Brewing
• Downtown Farming
• One Stop Wines and Liquors
• The Fresh Market
• Lifestyles Fitness
• Subaru/Volkswagon, Wallace Imports
• Atlantic Ale
• Summit Leadership
• Norris Bicycles
• Hands-On! Regional Museum
Artlandia, Inc., is a non-profit arts organization where Virginia Salazar-Buda has been advocating for art and creative projects since 2010. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit artlandia.org.