The Guild is where Art Alley and responsibility come together. The Guild is about showing up for more than just the fun because that's what makes Art Alley work. The Guild is everyone in Art Alley, the Guild is you. The Guild is opportunity to work toward a better Art Alley (better than the past few years have been), and creating a sustainable Art Alley that will be here for those coming up the path after us (there is no guarantee that Art Alley will stay Art Alley, it's up to you). Art Alley has always needed a core group of responsible people who will take leadership, and do more than simply create art in Art Alley (creating art is not enough, and creating "art" in Art Alley without being a responsible member of the Guild actually hurts the alley). The Guild concept - if it works - will be proof that Art Alley can work (otherwise Art Alley will slowly die). It is about responsible people who will give their time to Art Alley (and not just use Art Alley as something they believe they are entitled to - no one is except the building and business owners) The Guild is the opportunity for those who are leaders to actually lead and make a positive change in our community. The Guild is about showing up and doing things beyond the art. The Guild is about showing up on Fridays, having some coffee and talking about things. The Art Alley Artist Guild is an opportunity to show your stuff. Viva la Art Alley Artist Guild!
Do it better, do it old school, do it the way Art Alley started, do it spectacular. Create art in the alley, take leadership in the Art Alley Artist Guild, know the building and business owners, speak with them, be courteous and polite. Help them. See the movement that is being created and do things that will help that grow and last. Come into the Alley with a plan, have supplies, finish your work,
don't take away but rather add, don't scribble, that's not very good art. Do a better job than you did last time and plan on doing an even better job next time. Pick something up, throw something away, leave it cleaner than you found it, be responsible. Learn from those who do it better than you and teach those who you do it better than. Learn respect, show respect, teach respect, share respect. Remember that the consequences of what you do affect everyone, be careful with that. Help create a culture by talking about what works and what doesn't work, distribute the competence, share the information. Don't think the Alley is a free-fire zone because it isn't. Viva la Art Alley 2.0!!
Because humans have always strived for better. Because humans have always wondered "What if?" and tried to create something from nothing, beauty from ugliness, order from disorder, harmony from disharmony. Humans are the only animal that always wants more, but knows that more isn't always better, and rarely is it enough. Because Art Alley hasn't always worked, but it also has. Because Art Alley breaks the rules, it says humans can, in a place and time where humans often have shown that they can't. Because maybe, just maybe it is possible to create a "No Rules," 24 hour a day art gallery outdoors on other people's buildings in the center of a small town
in Western South Dakota that goes against convention yet is full of creativity and flourishes with all sides working together so that it survives and exists for those who will be here after us. Because maybe that is the point. Viva La Art Alley 2.0!!
Art Alley 2.0 is the future. It is about everyone who is an artist and everyone who thinks they are not. It is a 21st Century, social revolution. It's about integrity, character, honesty and the responsibility we have to each other
and our community to make things better. It is about working together and doing things differently, approaching the world as the artist sees it. It is about
better questions and better solutions. It is about reaching for the good, and understanding that with that comes the bad. It is about figuring out how to turn the bad into good. It is about leaving the world a better place than it was left to us. It is about all those things that Art Alley can possibly bring to our community, and working together to see that we achieve them. Viva la Art Alley 2.0!!
Friday mornings at Seattle’s Best Coffee in the Hotel Alex Johnson downtown. The coffee is black as death, but the conversation serves to breathe life into our community through a culture based on creativity. What we dream of, plan for, and put into action directly affects our downtown via the paint-filled vein that runs through its center –Art Alley.
In 2013, Art Alley was in trouble. Participating businesses and the city were unhappy with the state of the alley, and were considering shutting it down. In an attempt to stop this, the community banded together and the Art Alley Artists’ Guild was born. This group is tasked with taking responsibility for the alley, and the issues that arise with it.
But who is the Guild?? The guild is YOU. The guild is the artists that paint in the alley and the community that wishes to see it continue. The community benefits from Art Alley, and so the community is responsible to keep it an asset. The very rare and special thing about this is that it’s one of the few things that WE as a community care for without interference from government entities. That is why as a guild member, we are proud to know that every time we walk into a meeting, we are taking part in something bigger than just the maintenance of an alley, we are developing social change. We are using this tool that we have to develop innovative and exciting new ways to make our world a better place..
This is what we promised to those building and business owners that asked for our help, and it is so much more. In order for this to continue, we need your help, and we are very serious about this part. Art Alley is not promised to us. It is something we work for in order to receive its benefits.
More people are needed for this to continue. Please attend our meetings and help us keep this incredible thing that we have. We promise not to overwhelm you, or put anything on your plate that you aren’t prepared for. We are a community that works as a family, and that is a very rare and special thing.
We need you.
Every Friday. 8am. Seattle’s Best Coffee. Hotel Alex Johnson. Downtown Rapid City.
Graffiti artist, Art Alley Artists’ Guild member
In celebration of the start of season four (only 6 days away!), we give you... The Wall!
Check out the full article HERE.
"Street culture and graffiti are well-known for being provocative, appealing, bold and uncompromising. Originally used by gangs to mark their territory in some urban area, graffiti has now become a rich medium for unrestricted expression of ideas and statements. In fact, creative designers and artists across the globe use this form of art to deliver their message and showcase their work". See the entire collection and article here.
Art Alley Guild
The Art Alley Guild is committed to being a positive creative outlet, dedicated to the sustainability and accessibility of Art Alley through innovation and community engagement.