They call me the Fairy Art Mother.
It’s a nickname I’ve earned over the past four years as the founder of ArtPop, an organization that turns average, ordinary streets into galleries lined with stunning, thought-provoking and inspirational works of art.
I started this because I have a huge love for artists and I want to be their voice. I also want to inspire our communities and cover our streets with art — because we need it, now more than ever.
Our cities and schools are starved for art despite everything we know to be true — that art is good for your brain, your children, your community and our economy. That makes supporting art and the artists who make it one of the most important things we can do.
I created ArtPop in 2014 to ensure communities have never-ending access to public art, and that artists have the canvases on which to create it. Now, our 501c3 organization has been featured in 14 cities across the country, and we have provided more than 300 artists with an opportunity to showcase their work on a grand scale.
How grand? We’re talking billboards, buses, news racks and airports, on over 17 million dollars in ad space. ArtPop works with outdoor advertising companies (a collection of profoundly generous businesses we love very much) to secure that space for free, giving artists a one-of-a-kind opportunity to showcase their work.
We are quite literally a street gallery: We turn roads, highways and thoroughfares into opportunities for artistic appreciation and discovery.
It takes a village to do what we do, and we would be nothing without our incredible board of directors: Chair -Shira Sagal, Leonor D. Neisler, Vice Chair- Chris Horner, Stephen Belenky, Marty Viser and Treasurer - Tim O’Connell. Our board is growing, let us know if you are interested in serving on our board.
Or our dedicated volunteers: Too many to name, you know who you are and we adore you!
To Charlie Elberson & the Reemprise fund for investing in ArtPop and believing so strongly in our mission. There are no words for the gratitude we have for you. Thank You.
To Knight Foundation, Foundation for the Carolina’s (Reemprise Fund) and The Columbus Foundation, Winston Salem Foundation, Thank You!
To our Arts Council partners, Thank You. Greater Columbus Arts Council, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Poconos Arts Council the Banana Factory, NorfolkArts and AIGA Las Vegas.
Or you, our donors. We can’t thank you enough for helping ArtPop to get where it is today, and we hope you will continue to support us as we work toward our ultimate goal: taking ArtPop deeper into more communities.
Enjoy your commute,
Wendy Hickey, a.k.a. The Fairy Art Mother
If you're inspired to make a charitable donation, visit crowdrise.com/artpopstreetgallery or make checks payable to ArtPop and mail to P.O. Box 5322 Charlotte, NC 28299.