Yesterday we came upon a blog post from Miriam Kreinin Souccar from Crains New York Business presenting the sad state of affairs for artists and creative people struggling and even leaving New York City to find artistic career opportunities elsewhere. It hit home with us...
We completely emphasize with these creative people who find that New York City through ever increasing rents, decreasing opportunities for work, etc., feel the dream of making it in New York is just that... a dream - and not a reality. This is sad, deplorable, and reversible!
From our standpoint with Art for After Hours as a street painting art services company providing professional quality 3D street painting (chalk) art since 2001 for corporate clients and public exhibitions across the USA, in Dubai, and Japan - we have the options of bringing our art form to locations other than New York City. However, we get many inquiries from potential clients whom are interested in public 3D street painting events and are thwarted by local regulations barring the application of chalk on any street or surface in the five boroughs of New York City.
Street Painting is a highly respected and sought after art form with a four hundred plus year history starting in Italy during the Renaissance and recently spreading through the world rapidly due to the internet, user generated video, and social media. There are those in New York City who lump street painting into the same category as illicit graffiti, and 'quality of life' type issues such as defacement of property, nuisances, etc. As professional 3D street painting artists and those who work only when a permit is issued, (only with professional clients, such as public relations, advertising, marketing, media agencies), we feel that NYC is missing the boat on the positive opportunities and urban benefit that our specific art form and the vibrancy of the full artistic community of New York City brings to our world class city.
The beauty of street painting art allows fine art to be created in front of the eyes of the general public who may not feel comfortable going into the Met, Guggenheim, MOMA, or galleries in Chelsea or DUMBO, but might wish to watch the creation of beautiful art on the asphalt on Museum Mile, or in the most beautiful areas of Central Park - beginning a revived tradition of culture embracing all New Yorkers.
The street paintings can be in the realm of the fantastic and experimental running over 100 feet long and the width of a road or they can be meticulous reproductions of famous artworks of history that are well known to the general public such as the Mona Lisa, The Pieta, or classics throughout the ages following the Renaissance period. A street painting art festival can bring in revenue, attract creativity and show New York that all of our artist - street painters or not have a positive place in our city and deserve to grow and thrive here.
Artists do not really differ from those who come to New York City for business, finance, entertainment, professions, or any other positive endeavors. All come to New York City with the dream of making it big or making it well in what any of us wish to do. What artists do is bring creativity and vision, pushing the boundaries of invention, precedence, and concepts to advance human initiative and achievements. Art for After Hours is for this without question. Let's hope and plan for a New York City that shows all artists that they are truly welcome here to live and work affordably even if they do not have work in a high museum or ultra trendy gallery.
Anthony Cappetto is President/Artist of Art for After Hours, an art services company designing and professional quality 3D street painting projects for corporate and festival clients in the USA and internationally since 2001.