Connected community is the practice of working to understand the social issues affecting our community, actively promoting awareness of other perspectives, and fostering understanding through the visual arts.
VisArts’ strength is our ability to bring people together through shared creative experiences, fostering exposure to new perspectives, mutual respect, and a truly connected community.
VisArts’ vision is a vibrant, diverse community enriched and connected by the visual arts. Since its founding in 1987, the organization has been dedicated to nurturing artists and their work and celebrating the arts as essential to individuals and communities.
One of the many ways that VisArts serves the community is by connecting artists with community partners to produce public art in an effort to instill a greater sense of identity and understanding of where we live, work, and play. These creations provide memorable experiences, humanize the environment, and provide an intersection between the past, present, and future.
Early this year, VisArts was contracted by Duball, LLC to provide art on the covered sidewalk and construction barrier on East Middle Lane. VisArts’ staff, local and regional artists, and summer interns created the landscape by deconstructing more than 200 canvases created over the past seven years in VisArts’ highly-popular Cocktails and Canvas art activity. As part of its commitment to conservation and sustainable practices, VisArts annually donates hundreds of instructor-created canvases to shelters and transitional housing programs. We also find creative ways to upcycle the canvases as demonstrated in this exhibition.
The project was inspired by the City of Rockville’s commitment to forest and tree preservation and was originally conceived to include a community participation component. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to safely carry out that part of the project. VisArts modified the initiative to provide paid work for artists – a community that has been particularly hard hit since the March 2020 shelter in place restrictions were put in place.
This project is one of many opportunities that VisArts has developed for artists.