Rarely do I get to wear all three of my hats at the same time: faculty member, board member at a local wildlife non-profit, and board member with the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. I got to wear two of three while I was with some folks at Zeitgeist yesterday. I was dropping off some brochures about Wildwoods and met with folks from the Wolf=Flow exhibit. This is what their materials had to say about what they are up to:
This is a celebration of the wolf. Our goal is to raise awareness about the undermining of the image of the wolf in its protected realm and restore it in a positive light. As wolf advocates and artists, we hope this exhibit gives the public an opportunity to step into their own perception of the wolf … seeing more, feeling more about the steady stream of Nature’s testament. Wolf = Flow reflects a revelation unearthing the wolf’s harmony, mystique and iconic poise.
What impressed me was the mix of volunteerism and artistic commitment; of political passion and a desire to ignite through art. They have a table full of materials about Wildwoods, about the International Wolf Center in Ely, and a bazillion other non-profits committed to helping Wildlife. If you happen to be nearby, take a look at this exhibit and grab some info.
I put my art hat on briefly because I used this exhibit as an opportunity to talk about Quickstart grants through ARAC. This exhibit was assembled through donations and sweat; indeed, the works on exhibit will not be for sale, typically (although I am sure the artists would love to talk about their other works). And because it came together quickly, the artists did not seek grant help to make the exhibit possible. But ARAC offers grants with a rapid (about two week) turnaround for projects with less than sixty days’ notice: Quickstart grants. I hope these artists (and all other artists reading this) will contact ARAC if they could use this kind of support.