Hi, I am Wendy Hickey, Founder & Executive Director of ArtPop.
I started working in the OOH (out of home/billboard) industry in 1998, in South Carolina.
In 2000 I was transferred to PA for work and through my dedicated time to art and civic organizations, I was elected to the Board of Directors for the Pocono Arts Council in Stroudsburg, PA.
My love of the arts and my relationships with local artists through my board position and billboards via my career, this got me thinking, "how can I help promote local artists and their work?" From time to time there are available billboards and I thought what better way to give local artists a voice then to utilize available billboard space. This is how ArtPop was born! Back then I didn’t call it ArtPop but ran this same program in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Illinois.
I decided about 5 years ago to get serious about this, create a name for the program and a mission statement. ArtPop is now a 501c3 as of August, 2015!
ArtPop Misson: To promote local artists' work and make art accessible to communities through available media space Art + Public Outdoor Project = ArtPop
The first official ArtPop program launched in Charlotte, NC in January of 2014 with 20 local artists works displayed on available billboard space. Words can not express my gratitude to the Arts & Science Council and Adams Outdoor Advertising of Charlotte to help make my dream come true. ArtPop Charlotte will be in year 4 as of January of 2017. To date 80 artists have been featured on the streets of Charlotte, NC. ArtPop is now on the streets of 14 different cities across the country! Our new cities for 2017 were Columbus, OH - Charleston, SC and Nashville, TN. Each artist in the program receives between $30,000 - $70,000 in ad space value, while in the program.
I have a huge love for artists and want to be their voice. I want to inspire our communities and cover our streets with art. Currently, I reside in Charlotte, NC.
I could not do this without the support of all of our incredible board of directors, Kevin Swagerty, Lindsay McCleary, Josh Hayes, Christine Switzer, Shira Sagal, Susan Card and Katrina Streiner.
To Lisa Rubenson, Lauren Murray, Sam White, Jill Cody, Carmella Jarvi, Michelle Sordi, Dora Blaskievich, Craig Stevens and Wendy Verdu what would we do without your countless hours of volunteer work? Thank You.
My hope is to find a donor to fund ArtPop all over the country and eventually go abroad. I am ready to go to work to make this happen! So, if you know anyone who is interested, please send them my way.
Enjoy your commute,
-wendy, aka 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.