“Making residents happier is a few levels up the Maslowian hierarchy. But it makes sense
that cities shoot for it, since residents who are happier with their city are more likely
to be attached, and attached residents are more likely to get involved.”
-Melody Warnick, This is Where You Belong
With the participation of both generous citizens and local businesses, together we generated $75,781.01 for our city this year through Get Artistic—$22,010 of which to be given as grants to our six Get Artistic recipients, $3,000 to our DIY Fund winners, and $1,000 to our Artist-in-Residence.
We believe that investing in the arts is one of the most effective ways to turn residents into citizens. Guided by the growing body of research that suggests a thriving creative economy is a major predictor of place attachment, our goal is to help residents feel happier where they live as a means to inspire greater civic engagement.
In 2020, thanks to your generosity, we’ve leveraged Get Artistic to impact more artists than ever before.
In addition to our 6 Get Artistic grant recipients, we’ll also support two community arts projects through the DIY Fund. While the Get Artistic grant program helps artists deepen their individual art practice, the DIY Fund empowers pioneering projects that are more collaborative in nature. Unique to the DIY Fund, we invite the public to vote for their favorite projects at the annual DIY Fair.
This summer, we expanded our taproom programming opportunities for artists by establishing the Get Artistic Artist-in-Residence. With a goal of involving consumers, artists, and our very own Creatures in the creative process, local artist and creative waste specialist, Abigail West, spent 8 weeks working with hard-to-recycle industrial brewing materials in our taproom. The resulting artwork comprised of hundreds of individually cut and assembled flowers made from grain bags, which was displayed under our Snow Tire pavilion through October.
Finally, because we believe so strongly in the power of our creative economy to help people love where they live, we wanted to ensure that employees at Creature Comforts had the opportunity to invest in local artists directly, introducing a novel arts reimbursement program called the Local Arts Booster (LAB). In two months, 18 Creatures generated $10,720 in collective impact for their arts communities—90% of which was offset by LAB funding—which supported 13 different artists from Athens to Savannah, where our Creatures call home.
The 2021 Get Artistic season will kick off August 20, 2021, with the Request for Proposals opening earlier in the summer. In the meantime, thanks for helping create: More access. More artists. More art.