Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Changes in 2017 and New sponsors

Over the last few years, Artcult International has been on hiatus due to studio relocations, donor   renegotiations, and, most beautifully, families expanding, yet 2017 aims to be our most expansive and progressive in multiple Northeast markets with the assistance of our newest Central NY donor, Sleepmaster Mattress.

When my fiancé and myself, relocated to Florida in 2011, we regretfully could no longer sustain a relationship with Artcult's original and primary sponsor, Lowe's Hardware Inc., which was based in Concord, NC, neighboring Charlotte, where Artcult facilitated and taught Art as Therapy, and creative confidence-building classes for seniors, youngsters, and many underprivileged, unfamiliar budding artists. I personally could not sustain our demand for classes and equipment, with the birth of our daughters in subsequent years, and thus, since I have anchored all elements of Artcult since I conceived and created it in 2008, the blog and various functions of our services have not been consistently updated or rendered.

During that time we have maintained relationships with our previous recipients, and have cultivated associations with new organizations who can benefit from, and are anticipating, from myself, our art educators, and our affiliates, the high-quality art materials, education, entertainment and therapeutic benefits that Artcult has provided in the past. I have personally, over the last couple of months, taken myself out of the demanding insurance sales career that has sustained our family, to be a work-from-home, artist-father and art educator. This change has empowered me the freedom to enjoy their youth, as well as allow myself time to teach, as I previously did in Charlotte and Florida.

The passing of my mother in March reminded me how sharing ideas in good company have been the happiest moments of my life, and my soul beckons me to devote more time to enlightening the lives of others through symbiotic creative channels, as she showed me. My mother nurtured and encouraged me to expand my artistic horizons, a university education expanded my educational tool belt, and now I am ready to renew my commitment to serve my communities, educate and learn along with my friends, and art associates. I could not be more excited to get more wind under the sails of the Artcult venture, and I wouldn't trade the time I've recently spent rediscovering the creative process with my daughters for all the riches in Babylon. The stretched canvasses, wood panels, paints, brushes, etc., we donate have never been made of better materials, due to our current sponsors, and we expect a busy year.

For more information on ways we can be of service in your communities, contact us and we will respond with a phone call, and email promotional packet, as soon as I find where my girls hid my laptop. Cheers, and thank you for your interest. I would also like to extend an appreciative mention to those who have aided this venture: Carolina International Schools in Concord, NC; Holiday Senior Communities nationwide; The Corkscrew of Birkdale Village in Huntersville, NC; Onondaga County Public Libraries, Cork & Olive in Lake Mary, Florida; Restaurant X in Davidson, NC; our highly supportive family and friends around the globe.  I sincerely hope we can promote better living through creative expression in your community soon, and stay tuned for updates on all things enriching and beautiful in art education, art therapy, and a soon a Video Blog of the art adventures of my 2 and 5 year old daughters, and also our recipients.     - Ian Reid

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Artcult would like to warmly thank the McColl Center of Visual Arts in Charlotte, NC for their informative and exciting tour which was given to the art class of Shad's landing Retirement Home on Thursday, May 27th. Exhibitions and Residencies Coordinator Claudia Griffin was more than helpful and we are looking forward to coming by to admire the current artist's work in the near future. Artists such as Dan Allegrucci, Patricia Steele-Raible, and Carmella Jarvi (featured in video) opened their studios to our budding artists and we greatly enjoyed their advice.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Just announced:

Artcult has presented a commitment for the Clinton Global Initiative of donating 500 wooden canvases over the next year. Any assistance can be directed through and will be greatly appreciated. Wish us a busy year, Cheers.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

!!! NSC 2009!!! Get your tickets now

The newest installment of the Nuthing Collaborative Summer Concert Series is changing venues and beefing up the already proven excellent record of representing the QC's best artists. This year's festivities will commence at 11 am on August 15, 2009 and will showcase 20 bands for 20 bucks at the NC Music Factory. It will be an unbelievable value and a great opportunity to check out Charlotte's growing infrastructure of musical and visual artistry. Artcult will be participating at the annual Nuthing Clothing musical gala by creating live artwork and giving individuals the chance to explore their own creative energies. Don't miss out, for this is the type of all-day auditory and visual excitement that your senses have been craving, and if you ask anyone who attended last years event at Salvador Deli, they will tell you that there will not be a musical onslaught of this cloth anywhere else in Charlotte. See you there, Cheers

The future of Queen City art!

Color-field experimentation with some of Charlotte's finest art fans.

Just announced! :

Artcult will be providing art instruction and materials for Carolina International Schools in Concord, NC over the fall semester, furthering their exceptional focus on well-rounded enrichment programs and a complete education for today's youth. We would like to thank CIS for their interest in advancing aesthetic appreciations and express our excitement in being a part of such a reputable institution.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Our latest addition of smiling art-crafting faces at Shad's Landing Retirement Home in Charlotte, NC.

From left: Millie L., Helen C., Ollie G., Betty B., Georgia A., and Clarice B. They'll be presenting a show on July 23rd. Watch out art world, these girls are feisty and motivated as all outdoors.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

New Arts Initiative in Charlotte

Wednesday afternoon, amidst an attentive crowd of 160 in the main theater of the Fillmore at the N.C Music Factory, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and UNCC presented an analysis of the Business Growth Index for 2006 and 2007. The BGI is a barometer of spending and involvement in the Arts of Mecklenburg and the 12 counties in closest proximity. A presentation outlining the need for a new framework for creative exploration in our diverse communities was shared based on the popular enthusiastic desire for cultural development.

Arts and Science Council's Robert Bush announced they and the Chamber are launching a Creative Charlotte Committee made up of creative business people.
In their own words:
"Over the next year, the ASC will engage the creative workforce in a dialogue about their strengths, opportunities and challenges. ASC will also leverage the skills, talents and passion of the Charlotte Chamber's Creative Industries Council. Based on this input, the steering committee will develop a strategy for advancing the role of creative industries in this market.

Both organizations understand the need to attract and retain highly-skilled workers, develop creative industries, as well as expand markets for creative products and services. ASC and the chamber have often collaborated to address community issues and engage the private sector in important conversations. Both organizations are committed to working to advance the creative industries as a key sector in our local economy."
More details will follow on opportunities for both Artcult and our affiliates to help. Volunteers , as always, will be needed but creative thinking and proactive attitudes will be most vital to develop this initiative. Stay tuned!!