We believe that making and experiencing art is for everyone.
Our mission is to spark creativity and inspiration in people’s everyday lives. As a part of our creative community, we want to thank you for being a champion of creativity and supporting free and accessible art opportunities.
As you explore our Impact Report, we hope you are reminded of your special experiences at the art park, and hopefully learn about some new programs. As we are looking towards 2022 and finding our home in the new normal, we are thrilled to have you by our sides as allies and champions of a more creative community.
Susan Krischel, Alex Bryant, Joe Vena, Kathryn Wingate, Danielle Bricker, & Juliet Brown
ART MAKING IS COMMUNITY BUILDING
In 2021, we were honored to welcome 18 scholarship students to our Creature Builder Collective Summer camps.
We have built strong partnerships with International Neighbors, Boys & Girls Club, and more community organizations with a bevy of creative students in need.
The more scholarships we can offer, the better!
ART MAKING IS A HUMAN RIGHT
Have you experienced art-making in the art park? Thursdays through Saturdays we hosted Free Art-Making with watercolors, paint sticks, chalk, and more in our Outside Art Room art kits.
Over 5,000 of you have sketched your best friend, doodled your dreams, chalked what you want to be when you grow up and we are here for it!
In 2022, we want to keep expanding access to these experiences by bringing art-making directly to organizations, schools, and community centers throughout Charlottesville and Central Virginia.
ONE OF ThE ONLY FREE ART PARKS ON THE EAST COAST
Have you been to the Art Park? You're not alone! In 2021, we saw over 141,000 visitors at our free outdoor sculpture and mural park.
But what is a park without friends? That's why in 2021 we partnered with community organizations and contributed $34,000 back to those community builders.
Big Brother Big Sisters
Black Business Expo
Black Women of Central Virginia
Boys & Girls Club
Cville Salsa Club
International Rescue Committee
Martha Jefferson Foundation
United Way of Central Virginia
Vinegar Hill Magazine
INVESTING IN OUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY
Exposure won't pay your rent. That's why, since becoming a 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit in 2019, we have invested $350,786 into our creative community.
2021 also saw the inaugural Charlottesville Arts Excursion, spearheaded by Ix to present a more unified Creative Community in Charlottesville. The $20,000 campaign saw thousands of visitors explore our rich visual art community.
2nd Street Gallery
Charlottesville Albemarle County Visitor Bureau
Charlottesville Mural Project
Chroma Art Gallery
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
McGuffey Arts Center
New City Arts
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative
The Fralin Museum
The Front Porch
The Gallery at Studio IX
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
The Jefferson Theater
The Paramount Theater
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Virginia Discovery Museum
WE HAD A LOT OF TIME ON OUR HANDS
In 2021, like many others, we took on a renovation project—doubling the size of our existing immersive art space to over 6,000 square feet. The Dripstone Cave opened in September and welcomes visitors with kaleidoscopic minerals, new creatures and plants, and the Grotto—an art bar where you can grab a craft cocktail, art-making kit, or even better—both!
WE HAD A LOT OF HELP
A project this large was something we needed help with. That's why we partnered with 12 new artists who designed and created everything from new projections, new soundscapes, new scentscapes, and even a thrilling new narrative that ties the rooms together and expands on the mythology of the Looking Glass.
MEET THE ARTISTS
BiGGER & BETTER
In addition to growing our new signature events, like the Soul of Cville Festival and the MetamorphIX Art Fair, we aim to create a Fringe Festival for Charlottesville. Where MetamorphIX championed visual art, we see our budding fringe as an opportunity to elevate performing arts in Cville. Oh, and did we forget about our Summer Solstice Renaissance Fair & Cannabis Cup... it's going to be a busy year!
HOw can you help?
If you are able, we would love for you to share a donation to contribute to our offerings. With your support, we can ensure that everyone has the opportunity to experience and make art every day. Even if your financial situation doesn’t allow for a gift right now, your time in volunteering, sharing your stories, or offering your expertise is invaluable, needed, and appreciated. Any contribution you offer positively impacts all of the Foundation and Art Park for all of our surrounding community.
Thank you again for being a part of our creative community and championing creative experiences for all.