Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District
In a world of smartphones, selfies and increasing access to professional photography tools, why would the Art Lives Here team want to corral all the incredible artists of the Gateway Arts District (GAD) in for a free professional headshot? The answer is simple:
We want to get to know you.
There are hundreds of artists registered online at MyGatewayArts.org, but our experience living, working and playing in the GAD has taught us there are so many more artists here than we know. So we’re funding an attempt to meet them all, document where they live and work, and photograph them all for free.
The creative placemaking story is a classic one. Artists move into an area, make it better, then comes big retail and big housing, prices go up, artists move out. This is not that story.
Founded in 2001 following the drive of four municipalities acting as one community to revitalize their neighborhoods and to develop an arts space designed to support artists’ living and working, the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts & Entertainment District is a safe, vital, and attractive mixed-use environment that celebrates the diversity of art and entertainment that exists in the two-mile corridor.
So how can we ensure the Gateway Arts District stays a haven for artists? By putting a face to a name. The Art Lives Here initiative is funded though the end of December 2014 with the goal of leaving the GAD empowered as a place where funders want to invest. But we can’t seek more funding to support area artists without the facts. How many artists are living here? How many artists are working here? What are these artists doing? What is their story? We are more than a list of names, studios and organizations: we live here, we create here, and we love it here.
What is this creative touchstone? We’re glad you asked! Perhaps it’s as simple as the instrument you play or the brushes you use, or as esoteric as a leaf from the tree you always compose under, or the book you read to inspire your writing, or the mug you use when burning the midnight oil, churning over an idea.
Whatever your touchstone is, it’s a part of you, and we want a portrait of you with it. This is an opportunity for us to show you off, as more than the names or numbers that makes up an arts district, but as the faces of the people who give the GAD its creative energy.
The ALH team will be organizing a photo shoot for artists that live and/or work in the GAD. If interested, please click here and fill out the form.