What is the International Street Painting Society?
This is a totally new organization, which will focus on connecting street painters worldwide. There are other local or national organizations, both for chalk artists and general artists, but this non profit 501(3)(c) group will focus on street artists (which can include chalk & paint, traditional and 3D). We hope to elevate awareness and educate the public, on an international scale, about street painting. (See mission statement)
Together, we are stronger!
8 things we, as artists, can do to keep the arts as a way to be creative and make a living:
1) Be active: support each other
2) Be active: be an activist
3) Be active: be an artist.
4) Value yourself, your time and your skills.
5) Share your knowledge and resources.
6) Focus, strategise and plan.
7) Be critical, be fair.
8) Know your rights.
Message from the Founder:
As an artist with over 30 years of experience, I started this non-profit organization for a couple of reasons. I felt I could use my experience as an artist, a board member, a volunteer, an art buyer and as a business person to help other street painters grow and become successful.
Through my work at the Dayton Visual Arts Center, I have seen firsthand how valuable an organization like this can be in helping artists get the recognition and help they need to succeed. During my travels as an street painter, I have met many other great artists, but saw a need to help them connect. I also saw that many artists and students need help getting supplies and funding their travel to events.
The focus of this group is to help others to try street painting for the first time, enjoy it, understand it better, and/or make it a lifelong career.
We are a small but growing community, and deserve to be recognized for our contributions to the arts. This organization hopes to grow and meet those needs over the years.
We hope you join us and help us make this a truly global arts group.
- Jennifer Chaparro, Director
What is Street Painting?
Street Painting is a physically and emotionally challenging art form. It is usually pastel chalk or tempera paints on the pavement or sidewalk. It can be a spontaneous act, a way to get an idea out to the public, an artist trying to make a living or part of an organized event. Large events or sponsors often hire featured artists to create custom works. Some of the 3D works are interactive, inviting the public to become part of the art.
"An artist is an artist, no matter what form the canvas takes" - unknown
Did you ever wonder WHY we do it? Check out this video:
Why are chalk festivals such great events?
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