A Touch of Light
A Touch of Light is a not-for-profit organization that represents Captive Artists – individuals who are currently in prison or being released – and shows their art around the state. During the 6 weeks between June 13 and July 31, 2016, the gallery donated space to A Touch of Light to hang art by their artists at no cost to the organization. The gallery sees the A Touch of Light as an in-kind benefit as we are providing under represented artists with a space to hang their art.
Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends for Mental Health, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, exists to improve the lives of people burdened with mental illness, addiction, and homelessness in King County through programs in visual arts, music, writing, drama, computer graphics and photography.”
Circle of Friends is in keeping with our gallery’s mission to give underprivileged and underrepresented artists an opportunity to show art work to the community. The artists here suffer from a range of different mental disabilities, and even homelessness. In addition to the wall space we also provided them an event space, for a theatrical show for and by their members, presented during a special opening event, a week after A/NT Gallery’s opening reception.
For the month of September, the gallery hosted a show by photographer Phil Eidenberg-Noppe called ‘Vigil’ that focused on the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 events in New York City. The days after the attacks, the International Fountain at Seattle Center became a mourning spot for locals.
Flowers were the tangible symbols used at both locations to express grief, empathy and compassion. At the Seattle Center, it is estimated that over 30,000 people placed flowers at the International Fountain over a period of several days, in what became known as the “million flower vigil”. Those in attendance represented the diversity of the Puget Sound population as the tragedy had a profound effect on humanity regardless of age, race, sex or any other identification. The photos in the exhibit were a detailed documentary of the flower vigils.
The Art by Homeless People
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission provides emergency care and long-term recovery services to hurting and homeless people in the greater Seattle area. During the month of March, the gallery donated the central area to a special show “The Art by Homeless People,” featuring art created by Seattle-area homeless.
Art of Infertility
The gallery donated space to a curated exhibit highlighting female infertility and its struggles. The exhibit is curated by the University of Michigan art museum and the pieces showcased at the gallery were produced by low-income women, artists and women struggling with infertility in the Seattle Metro area. The hosted an art workshop for community members at A/NT Gallery, using donated space and materials.
Mt. Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts provides opportunities for artists at all levels, with special focus on creating an inclusive gallery experience. Participants include artists with disabilities, from underserved communities and artists who are emerging and underrepresented. This show included artists who are legally blind and artists with other disabilities from the Seattle area.
Push/Pull is a collective with seven artist members who all teach, exhibit work, and contribute to its functioning.
Push/Pull’s mission is to:
• Promote underground art and comics
• Foster community between those creating and viewing art
• Encourage emerging artists, illustrators and cartoonists
• Stimulate diversity by showing marginalized artists
Art and Homelessness
The show is a collaboration between the University of Washington, Downtown Emergency Service Center and residents at 1811 Eastlake who are part of the UW-1811 LEAP Project. The LEAP Project is an innovative, clinically focused, alcohol-specific intervention for marginalized and severely affected populations, such as chronically homeless individuals with alcohol dependence.
Ongoing Not-For-Profit Show
Seattle Center School has a portion of the gallery reserved to showcasing art produced by students. Three spaces for student work.