After seven years of putting political art on your computer screen, I’m now hoping to put some art on your walls.
We started Art Threat in 2007 because we felt that artists creating socially-engaged work weren’t getting the attention they deserved. After 1200+ posts over the years (and many more to come), I’d like to think we’ve managed in some small measure to introduce these artists to new audiences and help further the appreciation and understanding of political art.
About a year ago, however, I began to think about how I could do more. As someone who is an arts marketer by profession, I figured I could help in a more material way — in a put-food-on-your-table kind of way — beyond the necessary but often insufficient task of generating awareness.
And so I would like to introduce you to Hugs With Arms. My latest project is an online art shop featuring prints by artists who strive to better our world. In a nutshell, it’s affordable art for folks who give a damn. (And few people give more damns than Art Threat readers!)
The idea is simple enough. We offer limited-edition art prints that you can snap up for as little as $25. The artists receive half the proceeds from every sale, and since we focus on promoting their work and getting it into your homes, they can keep their hands dirty making art and social change.
Some of the artists we’re partnering with may be familiar because they’ve been featured by Art Threat in the past, such as Kate Puxley, Kevin Lo, Tatiana Philiptchenko, Pierre Leichner and Anthony Freda.
The project will officially launch this summer, but right now Hugs With Arms is crowdfunding on Indiegogo, and I’d like to invite you to lend your early support the project. Supporters get rewarded with art prints, coupons to share with your friends, and advance access to the website before it opens to the public.
We hope Hugs With Arms will help fill your empty walls with meaningful artwork that inspires you, while supporting artists who use their creativity for good. If you have any questions or ideas you would like to share, feel free to get in touch with me or contact us on Twitter.
Here’s a small taste of the work created by artists partnering with Hugs With Arms. Image at top by the USGS Bee Inventory & Monitoring Lab.