Dreams do come true! Thank You! ArtPop 40 for 40

In the fall of 2016, a man named Charlie Elberson came into our lives.

He’s a well-known philanthropist in the Charlotte, NC community, and he took a liking to our little nonprofit. He generously donated funds in 2017 to help us define our strategic direction so our organization can grow to the levels we’ve dreamed about since ArtPop began. 

Then, he took things one step further. He pledged a matching $40,000 grant, if we could get our act together and raise $40,000 ourselves. 

And so began our #ArtPop40for40 campaign — an incredible, challenging and inspirational journey that came to an end on March 31, 2018.  We raised $35,594 by the time midnight rolled around, and we were beyond grateful to all of you for that success. You heard our call for funds and you gave. You showed us you believe in what we do, that it matters to the communities where you live. And that propels us forward. It inspires us. We are putting art in your face, and you like that — a lot. 

We were also beyond grateful to hear that Charlie was going to match what we raised, even though we didn’t hit our target. $71,000 is a lot to an organization like ours, and we knew our biggest plans could begin to take shape. 

Then Charlie came back with another wonderful surprise: He’s not giving us $35,000. He’s giving us $40,000. In his own words, here’s why: 

“A compelling vision, when matched with an inspired, hard-driving leader, is an almost-certain recipe for success. You’ve built an impressively effective organization in 14 markets, impacting local artists and their communities, all with one hand tied behind your back. It’s what’s enabled you to grow yourself into an independent and focused instrument for helping artists thrive. Even with all that to point to, it’s still like you’re just getting started. Looking ahead, your ability to grow and deepen your impact on artists and their communities will redefine success for ArtPop, and I have the privilege of being a participant in making it happen.”

We hope all of you find the Charlie in your lives — the person who will believe in you and push you forward and remind you that you can change the world. We can say firsthand that the impact is profound. 

Thank You to Foundation for the Carolina’s and the Reemprise Fund.  We are grateful.  

Watch us, and you’ll see. 


Obey Giant prints!

Hello friends of ArtPop,

Shepard Fairey/Obey Giant has made an incredible donation of 3 signed artists prints to support ArtPop Street Gallery in our ArtPop 40 for 40 campaign.  We are in a matching grant, where a individual donor is donating $40,000 to ArtPop in April when we raise our own $40,000 by March 31.  Be generous to our local artists program, please.  Thank You.

Auction details can be found here:  www.charitystars.com/artpop



Update on #ArtPop40for40

Hello all of you amazing followers!  We thought it would be great to let you know that our Crowdrise.com/ArtPopStreetGallery fundraising platform is one of many ways we receive your support. 

It is easy for us to use this Crowdrise  "link in profile" on social media but we also receive donations through our P.O. Box 5322 Charlotte NC 28299 as well as grants and other sponsorship support.   

So long story short as of March 11 we have in $21,880 towards our $40,000 goal!  

We can't thank you enough and we have 31 days to get to the $40k. I know we can do it!

Thank you and much love,


Charlotte, NC - Pop Up Gallery Events are back!

Please join us on March 10 at Le Meridien Hotel Charlotte, 555 S. McDowell St in Uptown!

We will host 4 pop up gallery events this year, March 10, May 19, July 14 and September 15. 

We will have 5 artists that you can meet and buy art directly from.  This is a wonderful chance to get to know your local artists and have a great time!  

Live music, $7 craft beer and a red/white wine special and passed hors d' oeuvres.  Get your parking sticker inside at the EVOKE lounge and your parking is free.  The event is also free!  We look forward to spending the evening with you from 6-9 pm. 

Our March 10 event artists will be Carmella Jarvi (glass), Polly Dove Lamal (pen/ink/colored pencils), Gary Abramov (painter), Amanda Foshag (painter/fabric) Casey Cline (painter) 

Thank You to Le Meridien Charlotte and the EVOKE lounge for always supporting our local art community and ArtPop Street Gallery!  See YOU there!  Invite your friends. 

$40,000 matching grant news!

17,600 minutes, 293 hours, 12 full days.  

That’s the amount of time the average American spends driving a car every year. And it’s too much time to waste staring at asphalt. 

Why not art instead? 

Therein lies the ArtPop mission: Showcase the work of local artists on available media space —billboards, news racks, buses — and improve the lives of those in the surrounding communities. Not only does this allow for great artists to be noticed, but it is taking the twelve days the average American sits in the car every year and contributing positively to their mental and physical well-being. 

Isn’t that a cause you can get behind? 

We sure hope so, because ArtPop is up for a matching grant, courtesy of the amazingly generous Reemprise Fund, that could change the state of public art across the country. If we raise $40,000 by April, we will receive a matching donation of $40,000. With a grant this large, we can only begin to imagine the artists we can support, the beauty we can bring to cities across the country and the happiness and health we can promote.  

As a nonprofit organization, we rely on your contributions to be successful. Please consider donating to help us reach our goal, to promote local artists’ work and to make art accessible to communities through available media space.

For more information on how to donate today, please visit our donations page here.


Thanksgiving - gratitude!

Reemprise Grant 

Nov. 22, 2017

As a nonprofit organization, our entire existence depends on the generosity of others. You believe in our organization so much that you are willing to give us your hard-earned money so we can continue our work. 

We are grateful every single day for that. 

Today we are particularly grateful because ArtPop has received a generous donation from Charlie Elberson, primary trustee and advisor for the Reemprise Fund within the Foundation for the Carolinas. 

It’s not his first gift to ArtPop. He is the reason our organization went through months of professional training and development this year, laying a strong foundation for us to achieve our wildest dreams. 

Now he’s giving ArtPop more of the resources we need to get there. 

If you don’t know Charlie, let us tell you: He is a force. He is vice president and insights strategist for Wray Ward and has been developing and building brands for more than 25 years. In Charlotte, he serves on the boards of various nonprofits. He’s also in a band, but we’ll let him tell you more about that… 

Suffice it to say, there’s a lot competing for his time, money and attention, and ArtPop made the cut. We can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for our organization, and for paving the way for our future success. It’s a powerful thing when someone believes in you and what you do. And Charlie is a believer. 

Thank you, Charlie. We’re going for it. 


The ArtPop team

Wendy Hickey, founder & executive director 

Lindsay McCleary, board chair 

Shira Sagal, vice chair 

Katrina Streiner, member 

Christine Switzer, member


Class of 2018 call for #ArtPopPocono is open now

Hello local artists of PA!  If you live in the counties of Monroe, Wayne, Pike, Lackawanna or Luzerne County, PA or the Slate Belt region of Northampton County, this call is for you!  

We are thrilled about entering our 3rd year in the Poconos' and want to thank our partners at Adams Outdoor Advertising of Northeast PA and Pocono Arts Council.  

Before we were ever known as ArtPop Street Gallery the first program we ever ran was in the Poconos' back in 2002, so this program is always extra special to us here at ArtPop.

Submissions are accepted now through 12/1/17.  Here: http://poconoarts.org/pac/wp-content/uploads/ArtPop-2018-Call-for-Entries.pdf

VOTE for $50,000

ArtPop's founder, Wendy Hickey was nominated for the Eagle Rare Life Award and now through December 5, 2017 your vote could earn ArtPop Street Gallery $50,000.  Simply by voting!

No forms to fill out, no information asked, simply click VOTE.  

This type of funding could be a game changer for our program and make the difference for so many artists and communities.  


You can click vote here, takes 2 seconds and you can vote 1 x every 24 hours now through Dec. 5, 2017.  

Thank you for taking the time to help us be awarded this incredible opportunity.  

2018 #ArtPopLehighValley call is open now

Hello local artists of Berks, Bucks, Lehigh, Northampton and Montgomery counties as well as Warren County, NJ our call for artists submissions is now open here bananafactory.org/events/artpop

Call is open now through December 6, 2017.  The specs for PA are different from the specs for NJ, so please be sure you are paying close attention to the details.  

If you are a Northampton County Slate Belt Region artist, wait to apply for #ArtPopPocono when that call opens later this fall.  

This will be our 4th year in the Lehigh Valley and we are so grateful to our partners at Banana Factory/ArtsQuest, Adams Outdoor Advertising of Lehigh Valley as well as Kutztown University.

Thank You and the best of luck to each of you who apply!  

2018 #ArtPopCLT call opens on 9/1/17

The call for the Class of 2017 #ArtPopCLT will be on CallForEntry.org on 9/1/17 and end on 10/15/17 11:59 pm mountain standard time.  If you are not registered with Call For Entry, please do so now. 

Don't wait until the last minute, especially if you are not familiar with the rectangular specs.

Live area of file will be 24" x 5.5" CMYK mode .PDF Format.   

There will be a $25.00 entry fee.  One image only will be accepted.  The call site will only allow for a 5MB file, please know if your work is chosen for the program you MUST be able to provide ArtPop with a 300 dpi high res image of your work when contacted that you have been chosen.  

If you are unsure how to lay out your art for the rectangle specs, hire someone who can help you or ask one of the ArtPop alumni to assist you.   If you are interested in a expert for hire, we recommend Melody Roberts or Melody@outofhomecreative.com  

You must be from one of the 11 #ArtPopCLT counties in NC/SC spelled out in the call.  You will also need to have a website.  We want to provide a platform of exposure and amplify the careers of full time or artists who wish to be full time artists.  If you don't have a website, you can create a free one on Squarespace.com or a host of many other sites out there that are free.  

You will also want to keep the date of 11/30/17 open for the annual artist reveal reception if you are chosen as one of the 20 Class of 2018 artists.  

We wish you all the very best!  




3rd Annual ArtPop fundraiser on June 3, 2017

Hello friends of ArtPop!

We will be hosting our 3rd annual fundraiser for ArtPop Street Gallery in Charlotte, NC on June 3 , 2017.  We will have many local artists works of art as well as incredible silent auction items at the event for you to purchase.  Full bar, live music and as always, you know we throw a great party!

We do sell out every year so get your tickets in advance, please.  

Tickets available here:


If you are unable to attend but would like to donate to ArtPop you can safely do that at Crowdrise.com/ArtPopStreetGallery 

2017 is almost a wrap!

Hello friends of ArtPop!  We are choosing the final artists right now for 2017 and soon you will see all 14 cities ArtPop artists work on the ART tab.  

All 2017 calls have ended and we will come back in fall of 2017 with our calls for 2018! Stay tuned.

Charleston, SC is in it's last 24 hours of the public vote which will end at 1:00 pm on Friday, April 7, 2017.  Once this final artists' work is chosen, we will be announcing the 5 newest works for the program in our 14th city #ArtPopCharleston!  

Once all of the cities works have been printed and installed ArtPop will be in 14 cities and since our inception featured the work of 200 artists on available billboards, news racks and bus sides. 

We could not be more proud to have grown this program so large since we received our 501c3 in August of 2015.  

We will be using the time from May - September to reorganize, fund raise and find our future donors to be able to grow this program dream sized, perfect it and bring it to as many cities as possible. Our arts and media partners nationwide we adore you and thank you for everything you do to make ArtPop happen!  

If you are interested in partnering with ArtPop please email Wendy@ArtPopStreetGallery.com 

We are actively pursuing a $300,000 2018 sponsor, is that you?  


VOTE for ArtPop

Please take 2 seconds and vote for ArtPop at http://www.seed20.org/vote/

ArtPop has been chosen as one of 20 non-profits for potential seed funding!  

One of the many benefits of #SEED20CLT is we could win $1,000 with your vote! 

If you live in or around Charlotte, NC and would like to attend the philanthropic event on 3/27/17 you can also buy tickets through the SEED20.org site.  

You can vote once a day every day through March 27.  

Thank You for your support!  ArtPop is actively pursuing funding and sponsorships to take our organization to the next level, this #SEED20CLT opportunity on March 27 could be our answered prayer to expand the program and help more local artists!  

Thank You 


ArtPop is one of 20 Charlotte, NC area based non-profits to be chosen for SEED20. 

On the evening of March 27, 2017 we will be giving our 3 minute pitch to potential investors to support ArtPop.  We are so grateful for this incredible opportunity! 

You are all invited and ticket information can be found at www.SEED20.org 

We hope to see you there!  

Charleston, SC

Hello Charleston, SC this call is for you!  

Thank you to our partners at Adams Outdoor Advertising of Charleston and the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts for your tremendous support!  Our 13th city for ArtPop.  Call ends on 3/3/2017!  Call is open to all local artists of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties. 



Hello Las Vegas, NV our call for year #2 is open now through 3/10/17 Clark County, NV local artists this call is for you!    This year the City of Las Vegas office of Cultural Affairs is awarding each of the (7) artists $500! 

Thank You to our partners at OUTFRONT Media of Las Vegas, Elite Media, AIGA of Las Vegas, AIA of Las Vegas and City of Las Vegas office of Cultural Affairs.  

Call link is here http://lasvegas.aiga.org/ArtPop/


Attention bourbon lovers!

Want a chance to own a very rare 1983 O.F.C. bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery?  

ArtPop is thrilled to announce we were chosen as one of the extremely fortunate non-profits to receive a bottle of 1983 bourbon to sell and raise money for ArtPop!  

On January 26, 2017 at Leland Little Auctions - on line, on phone or in person you can bid/buy our O.F.C. bottle!  6:00 pm is the start of the auction and if you are in the Triad area of NC, you can attend the auction as well!  

Leland Little Auctions will list the lot on January 19, 2017 here LelandLittle.com

The link for more information on the bottle can be found here   OFCVintages.com/Charities