Artspace, a nonprofit visual art center in Raleigh, NC, has received a $15,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to support the first Artspace Pop-Up studio in Raleigh. The temporary, interactive art studio, which is open-to-the-public, will be located in a high-traffic area of the community. The program’s mission is to broaden community awareness and access to the arts.
“PNC believes that the arts are vital to the social and economic fabric of our communities, and this initiative fosters interest and creativity with new audiences,” said Paula Fryland, PNC regional president, Eastern Carolinas.
Artspace received support from PNC and Kane Realty to transform an unused retail space in North Hills Mall into an Artspace Pop-up Studio. Located at 4421-103B Six Forks Road, at the intersection of Six Forks Road and Lassiter Mill Road, the studio will host an opening reception on Thursday, Apr. 18 at 5pm.
“The Artspace Pop-Up studio will expand our reach beyond the walls of our facility, further eliminating barriers to the creative process and fostering economic growth,” said Mary Poole, executive director of Artspace.
The Artspace Pop-up Studio will be free and open to the public from 3 to 7pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays, from April 18 through June 29. Professional artists will work in an open environment, conducting demonstrations, exhibiting, and selling their work.
The studio will have an activity station where visitors can explore their creativity through make-and-take art activities. The activity station will provide a taste of Artspace’s existing educational programming for children, families, and the community at large and encourage creative expression in a friendly and accessible way.
In addition, Artspace will also host several Saturday classes for youth, featuring more in-depth instruction on activities such as still life painting, encaustic collage, and more.
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. For more information, please visit (www.pncgrowupgreat.com) and (www.youtube.com/PNC) or follow @PNCGrowUpGreat on Twitter.
Artspace is a nonprofit visual art center dedicated to providing arts education and community outreach programs, creating an environment of more than 100 professional artists and presenting nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Located in downtown Raleigh in the historic Sanders Ford building, Artspace has been providing the community with the opportunity to interact with working artists and to participate in hands-on arts education since 1986.
For more information about Artspace, exhibitions, or membership, visit (www.artspacenc.org).