The Free Art Friday Detroit has exploded over the past year, but did you know that the Motor City movement was inspired by Evereman?
Evereman (pronounced "every man") is an Atlanta street art icon who has been dropping his unique brand of eco-friendly art in Atlanta for over 10 years. The easily identifiable image is friendly and inviting. Pieces are left respectfully in public places around the city and in the "leave no trace" spirit, is not permanently attached. The message "4U" on the back lets you know that you can take it. Or you can leave it. Or give it away, hang it up or leave it in your back seat when you pick up out-of-town friends from the airport. Then they can get inspired and bring back the free art movement to their town. It is not uncommon for people to take Evereman with them on trips and leave them in far-flung locations all over the world to share with others.
So Evereman is one of the early contributors of the Free Art movement. Wait, when you say "Free Art," do you mean...free as in...free?
Yes, as in no cost. Free Art embraces the idea "art for everyone." If you find a piece you are at liberty to decide if you want to take it, leave it for someone else, take it and put it up in a different area or ignore altogether. Imagine if you found piece of art outside a coffee shop and later found out it was created by Kenny Scharf, Josh Agle or Frank Kozik... or and up-and-coming Andy Warhol or Vincent Van Gogh? Free art fosters artists by empowering them to create art without the burden of having to exhibit or promote or worry about acceptance. The Free Art Friday Detroit is based around this concept and holds its free art drop every...well, Friday.
What happens at an Evereman workshop?
Evereman opened his workshop to encourage street art enthusiasts to explore their creative side and become art-givers. Participants will be able to go through the steps to prepare the art pieces for painting. The excitement comes when the paint cans come out. It is always inspiring to watch people exploring their artistic side when they create Evereman art. Some people crank out dozens and dozens of pieces. Others will carefully craft a few. Experimentation with techniques is encouraged -- mistakes become masterpieces.
Following the workshop, collaborators are invited to take completed pieces with them and distribute or "drop" them in their neighborhoods. The workshop allows you to go from art taker to art creator and art giver. In completing the Free Art circle and distributing the art to others, you introduce the free art movement to others.
What costs are associated with putting together an Evereman workshop?
At home, Evereman has all the necessary tools, hardware and materials needed to put on a workshop, so it's simply a matter of opening his garage for a select number of people. In bringing the Evereman workshop on the road it is necessary to find a location that can host such an event with the proper tools, equipment and event insurance. We are hoping to be able to make 500-800 pieces during the workshop. That translates into a lot of plywood, spray paint and magnets, as far as other supplies like gloves, soap and towels that need to be purchased for the workshop
Additionally, there is the cost associated with Evereman to travel to and from Detroit. Our goal is a modest one, the bare minimum we feel is needed to put on the workshop without us contributing too much out of our own pockets. Topping our goal would allow us to purchase more materials and open up the workshop to a larger number of people. It would offset travel and lodging costs as well as fund any future Evereman workshops.
Risks and challenges
One of the challenges of mounting an Evereman workshop away from home is locating an facility that has the proper space, equipment and capacity for attendees. The bigger challenge though, is determining the interest level of the Detroit art community for such a workshop -- how many people will want to attend? Free Art Friday has a large following so we are fairly certain there will be interest in the workshop. Keeping the workshops small and personal is what makes them a popular draw, so it will be a challenge managing a larger group if the workshop proves to be a popular one. If this is the case, a second workshop may be scheduled to handle the overflow and allow as many people to experience creating art.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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