The artist Joseph Beuys once famously said, “Everyone is an artist.” He believed that art belongs to the people, and can be created by people in meaningful ways just as it is by professional artists.
That’s why we call ourselves Everyartist.me. We are the story of Brendan O’Connell, Artist – and of Brendan’s vision to democratize that creative experience to kids everywhere.Brendan is a professional artist.
Brendan was lucky enough to grow up with a strong support system that helped him develop his creativity into becoming a painter. That support sustained him as he honed his craft as an artist on the streets of Paris. Tough times, but Brendan knew art was what he was destined to do.
He became an artist despite being told as a child that art was not something he was good at.
That was misguided advice, and Brendan vowed that someday he would figure out a way to keep that kind of thing from happening to other kids.
Now is that time.
Along with some like-minded partners, Brendan created Everyartist.me. Everyartist.me is a child focused movement to support the expression of creativity innate in every child.
Everyartist.me’s purpose is simple . . . Spark Human Creativity
We are a movement that fosters creativity by nurturing and celebrating the artist in every child. We do this by engaging children to make art and provide tools for children, parents, and teachers to help sustain and fuel that creativity.
Imprinting on children the power of their creative sense and helping them to develop it is key to their future. And key to our future.
Children initiate their creative thinking abilities before they develop reading, writing or arithmetic skills. It is this creativity, comfort and connection with the visual world, that drives innovation in everything they do. It is too critical to leave a child’s creative sense to atrophy when they start on the path of their academic life. It drives the other subjects. It is what moves them to new ideas and advancements.
“Art + Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century just as Science and Technology did in the last century. We need to add Art + Design to the equation.” - John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the former Assistant Director of Research at MIT’s Media Lab.
So what have we done so far and why do we need your help?
In April 2012, Brendan and his friend Breck Kling helped more than 8,000 elementary school kids fill a football field with their art.
The event was a huge success. In fact, they set the World Record for the largest number of pieces of art created on the same day – 8,416, to be exact.
They were inspired to bring this democratic art experience to millions of children nationwide.
Based on this experience, Brendan and Breck believe Everyartist.me is a movement that can, and needs, to be spread to every town, big and small, across the country and then around the world.
In 2013, Everyartist will create a national, collaborative art event that engages elementary school children across the country – the largest art event in history.
Where does your money go?
We’re raising money to launch and facilitate this national collaborative art event, taking place in November 2013. Included in this funding is building a downloadable kit that will make it easy for parents and teachers to register and become local event coordinators. The kit includes instructions for staging an event, group lesson plans with the rudimentary elements of drawing designed by a professional art educator adaptable to every age group, stickers and other incentives for the participating children, and a press release that can be shared with local media.
We can bootstrap this event for $30,000, but the more money we raise, the greater our impact will be and the more kids we can reach. We need your support!
We have several unique incentives and ways to thank you for your support. Please have a look and give generously!
At Everyartist.me, we believe this is as important as all the work we do for Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. It will better prepare our children to transform our country, and the world, in their lifetimes.
Please support our Kickstarter campaign and tell your friends. You can help launch the largest art event in history.
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Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
Lack of properly marketing of the national art event could cause us to fall short of our goal. We feel we can overcome this because we have a fantastic team and an incredible Chief Marketing Officer, Anne MacDonald.
We could run into issues building and disseminating an event kit that is easy for a local event coordinator to download and use, and that could cause us to fail to launch a scalable event on a national level.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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