Inspired by LATA 65 an Arts Program in Lisbon, Portugal.
ELderARTz is an initiative created to foster creativity and expression through public art for those of us who are over 55
The intention/purpose is to reveal that age is just a number, dismantle young/old stereotypes, provide the opportunity for elders to be seen creating art and having FUN
Will learn about the history of the Hip Hop culture
Will learn urban art basics such as stenciling, creating a graffiti alphabet and street tag
Will have the opportunity to work with and beside experienced graffiti artists
Graffiti techniques will be incorporated into a collaborative mural that can be but is not limited to a particular theme.
Workshop will be tailored to fit the needs of the “crew” (group)
The participants are not required to have a background in art.
Each group will be lead by a mentoring artist.
“The purpose of art is not to produce a product. The purpose of art is to produce thinking. The secret is not the mechanics or technical skill that create art - but the process of introspection and different levels of contemplation that generate it. Once you learn to embrace this process, your creative potential is limitless.
Artwork should be an active verb (a lens by which to view the world) not a passive noun (a painting that sits dormant in a museum). Creativity lies NOT in the done but in the doing. Art is active and incomplete. Always shifting, always becoming. Art is a sneak peek into the future of potential, of what could be. Not a past result of what has been already done. Art is a process not a product.
Art is a human act. Art is Risky. Generous. Courageous. Provocative. You can be perfect, or you can make art. You can keep track of what you will get in return for your effort, or you can make art. You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.”