By Juan Yossarian / Photo by Kristina Yamamoto
In an effort to reignite the imaginations of America's youth, artist Blake Byers and filmmaker Andrew Fisher are launching an artistry-filled, shoestring journey across the country to film a documentary.
Backed by three of their San Diego artist pals (Carrie Anne Hudson, Monty Montgomery and Jason Feather), the crew is hitting 13 cities that have struggling arts programs to show them exactly what is, or at least what should be, up. Each stop involves lectures and hands-on art sessions during which kids choose the medium and artist they want to work with. The visits will culminate in the creation of community art pieces, worked on by children and artists alike, to be auctioned (for the benefit of the schools involved) at the close of the trip in New York City.
"We want to show kids art is an option," says Fisher. "You can work 9-to-5, but if you choose to create things or do something in a creative field, don't feel bad about it."
With just over a month until they hit the road, the benevolent outfit needs help to put a little money where their mouths are. By publically funding them on indiegogo.com, slyly charitable types can get their name included in the documentary's credits for a paltry five bucks, while real creators can score an Executive Producer credit for just... a few bucks more. indiegogo.com/artxamerica