I would like to offer brief not of thanks to The Greater Columbus Arts Council, and especially Mckenzi Swinehart and Allison Barret, for their guidance and support while the residency was running. While there was not much done about funding for the residency Misty were gratified by their willingness to listen to our ideas and concerns and are glad to see the ways that GCAC is changing its funding structures in 2020.
I would like to personally thank GCAC for the support it has given me as an individual artist in 2019. I received both supply and professional development grants this year that allowed me to pursue my personal practice in new ways.
After two and a half years, we have to put the residency program on hold indefinitely. We are extremely grateful for the support we’ve received and opportunities to work with extremely talented, engaged, and open-hearted artists. We set out to prove that an artist residency can be done at the grassroots level, and we feel that we’ve succeeded. We hope that others will be emboldened and encouraged to start their own programs.
The most compelling reason for us to regroup and reconsider is the prominence of white-owned and -led spaces in Columbus (and most cities). At the beginning, we didn’t want to be “the faces of Cart Pushers,” but it was inevitable that we would be — especially in fundraising. We strongly believe that the best way for us to support people of color in the Columbus arts community is to support spaces directly managed by them. It was time for us to get out of the way.
In this moment, however, finances made the final decision for us. The small size of our budget has made it very difficult to secure funding for studio space. We’ve done some fundraising, but most of the cost of maintaining the program has come from our pockets. We are in the process of vacating our spaces at the Millworks building now.
Our gofundme page will remain active until we can pay the remainder of our back rent. We appreciate any small amount you can chip in. We’re leaving the Cart Pushers Facebook page open pending any new directions we find for service to the community.
Thank you so much for sharing this experience with us, with a special thanks to the artists who have come through the program. Your work, your ideas, and your stories have enriched our lives in a way that is immeasurable and priceless.
We were so excited to participate in our first Big Table event this year: Greater Columbus Arts Council’s lunch table at the Southern Theater. Thanks again for the invitation!
If you’re unfamiliar with or interested in The Big Table, check out these links…
We are pleased announce that Annie Burley has just begun her residency at Cart Pushers Studios. Her work includes animation, sculpture, and painting that deals in “creating metaphors that explore act of dehumanization, over-sexualization, and policing the black female body within the black community.” See more of her work on her website at https://anniechrissyburley.wordpress.com/.
Resident artist Cudelice Brazelton recently exhibited work made during his residency session at MAW in New York City. Misty and I happened to be in town at the time and had the chance to stop by the opening!
Our second resident, Liz Roberts, brought in a whole crew of fellow artists to work collaboratively in the Cart Pushers studio space. Their efforts were recently showcased at Spring Break: Brooklyn Immersive in Brooklyn, New York!