At ArtSpeak Collective we are committed to giving. We invite you to join the chorus by either purchasing art created by our featured guests who have committed to giving a portion of the proceeds to our chosen organization, or via a donation. Whatever you chose to do, you help our collective voice grow.
Pictor Gallery is an artist-run gallery located in the Landmark Arts Building in New York City’s Chelsea Gallery District. It was established with the mission to encourage and promote the creative efforts of painters, sculptors, and other visual artists. Member artists, from New York and around the country, bring a diversity of ideas together in order to inspire one another, to curate collective and collaborative exhibitions, and to continually engage the art-seeking public in meaningful conversation.
Pictor Gallery is an affiliate to the innovative virtual platform ArtSpeak Collective, which was created for emerging and established artists in 2020 as a response to the global coronavirus. In a single year, ArtSpeak Collective produced six online events, earned 500 subscribers, logged 1,500 viewers on YouTube, and worked with 55 artists. As physical gallery space reopened in New York City, the move to create Pictor was a natural one.
Among the goals in the next year, Pictor aims to sponsor exhibitions, discussion groups and other programs to foster a more intimate experience and appreciation for art as an alternative to those found in larger commercial galleries.
For our fourth virtual video event, "Art in The Aftermath: Making Sense of 2020" we've selected to work with Alison Cook-Beatty Dance.
Alison Cook Beatty Dance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dance company based in New York City. Founded in 2012, the company is a classically-based modern dance company exploring the universal human condition through expansive and emotionally-driven movement grounded in American modern dance while exploring new approaches to finding unique creative expression. The healing and transformational power of the arts inspire the company to work with diverse groups within the community, as well as collaborative efforts with other artists across multiple disciplines.
Alison Cook Beatty Dance has performed throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, California, Vermont, Washington D.C., and continues its rehearsal, performance, and community outreach events for 2019.
Community outreach is at the core of the company’s mission. Alison Cook Beatty Dance has brought its energetic and creative performance approach in the form of lecture/demonstrations to the Mary Manning Walsh Home for six consecutive years. The company shares how dance is created, rehearsed, and refined- all with full audience participation. Collaborations with local musicians who share this same passion for outreach have helped to make these events truly special for the residents. The Company has also performed and taught classes at The New Jewish Home, The Southern VT Dance Festival, The JCC of Staten Island, the Milford Fine Arts Center in CT, and I.S 10 Horace Greeley School in part of its way to give back to the community and share dance with all.
Alison Cook-Beatty Dance welcomes direct donations via their website.
For our third virtual video event, "We Really Do Care, Do You? - Art, Politics, & Protest," we've selected to work with Ballet and Beyond NYC.
The mission of Ballet and Beyond NYC is to change the lives of New York City kids who have a passion for dance. They have devoted to giving kids a safe and affordable way of exploring the joy of learning classical ballet at a high level, and they are equally committed to helping them develop the self-expression, confidence, and discipline that will allow them to succeed in the world beyond ballet.
Too often, children from low-income families are unable to study ballet with the intensity required to experience a sense of achievement. Serious ballet schools are mostly located in upper income neighborhoods; classes and attire are expensive; and the time required to learn is prohibitive.
Ballet and Beyond NYC is unique in making rigorous ballet training accessible to all populations. It partners with existing after-school programs and other non-profit organizations that provide services to children outside of their academic day. And by bringing the ballet studio (the appropriate teacher, structure, attire, and training) to the locations where children are already going after school, it removes two of the biggest barriers that limit access to ballet training for lower income students: cost and travel.
Driven by a strong belief that dance training creates an opportunity for children to learn what empowers them, Ballet and Beyond NYC is dedicated to ensuring that all students who work hard will be able to say with confidence, “I am a dancer.” With the newfound courage to go to more unfamiliar places, they learn to ask for things that they didn’t know could be theirs.
Ballet and Beyond NYC welcomes direct donations via their website.
For our second virtual event, Monumental Changes, we've selected to donate a portion of all funds generated by art sales to National Action Network, FareStart’s national membership network and consulting initiative. The donation will be valid if the art is purchased within 30 days after the ArtSpeak Event.
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, criminal record, economic status, gender, gender expression, or sexuality.
NAN also puts youth and young leaders at the forefront of the movement for Civil Rights. Initiatives including NAN Youth Huddle, NAN Youth Move and the NAN Campus Ambassador program seek to lift up the voices of our young people so that they may lead the fight for the next generations. With leaders ages 11 to 25 we never leave out the passionate and visionary voices of our youth.
National Action Network welcomes direct donations via their website.
For our first virtual event we've selected to donate a portion of all funds generated by art sales to Catalyst Kitchens, FareStart’s national membership network and consulting initiative. The donation will be valid if the art is purchased within 30 days after the ArtSpeak Event.
Catalyst Kitchens provides support to more than 80 nonprofits that are providing real solutions to poverty, homelessness and hunger across North America. Since 2011, FareStart and the Catalyst Kitchens network have provided over 72 million meals and placed over 14,000 individuals experiencing barriers to employment into jobs.
FareStart helps people overcome barriers by teaching them work and life skills they need to succeed in the foodservice industry — and in life. Through their restaurants, cafes, catering and programs they provide meals to social services, shelters and schools. Participants get practical work experience while giving back to their community. Their national initiative, Catalyst Kitchens shares the unique model with nonprofit organizations across North America.
By investing in people and building community, we transform homelessness, hunger and poverty into human potential.
Catalyst Kitchens by FareStart welcomes direct donations via their website or by check. If you are interested in the 1:1 match opportunity provided by Focusing Philanthropy please see the information below:
Gifts made through Focusing Philanthropy are match 1:1 up to $100,000. Gifts are fully tax deductible and 100% of the funds go directly FareStart’s Catalyst Kitchens program.
Donations can also be made by credit card through the Focusing Philanthropy website. Be sure to select Catalyst Kitchens & FareStart as your Designation!