ART WORKS CONTINUUM Project Description & Awards
A Master’s Level Studio Fine Arts Program serving those at the
Margins and Extreme Interiors of Community
Art Works Works Continuum Project is a Master of Fine Arts Model studio, mentoring, and support program serving homeless, previously homeless, and other societally marginalized and underserved artists.
The Project is stylistically and thematically non-hierarchal and all-inclusive, embracing
traditional as well as cutting edge art forms.
Art Continuum offers both pathways of full instruction and then support for totally independent artists for whom support, studio space, and materials are critical.
While no style is posited as superior, nevertheless key to
the project’s history has been a strength in oil painting, (and
teaching and support in that domain) as well as classical rendering and drawing, with
subject matter often being urban or edge-of-urban/outsider themes.
The Art Works Continuum dynamic has evolved through its earlier
iterations and reiterations such as the first ten years of
the Lamp Art Project, then the East Hollywood based Art Works Project,
and now is re-shaping itself with San Pedro as its pied de tierre, and
serving artist-members that are both new to the project, but some who have
been members for up to 20 years, starting, and some still residing in,
Skid Row, and other inner-city areas, as well as all of the Greater Los Angeles
Past and present forms of the project have received awards and grants from:
Frederick Weisman Foundation,
Annenberg Family Foundation,
Eli Lilly Welcome
Back Award Program,
Aileen Getty Foundation, and many other validating and
existence sustaining grant-sources.
Currently the project is utilizing the very small studio of its director,
Rory White, while looking for a larger facility, and currently receives
Fiscal Sponsorship through Fractured Atlas a nationally acclaimed
501c3 Fine Arts Fiscal Sponsorship entity.
The project has previously always worked with a fiscal sponsor or
umbrella nonprofit, with an attempt to keep the project small, Master’s
Studio in feel and quality, and utilizing film and website to model itself
as a replicable model on a national basis.
The latter media-dynamics have
impact on large numbers of people, but the former keeps the quality
and one to one interaction levels exceedingly high and individualized.
A major focus of the project in its current status has been the involvement
in the documentary motion picture, now complete and released
through Gravitas Ventures, “Passing Through”, directed by Mr. Leslie Dektor,
who is simultaneously making the major Hollywood dramatic film on
the life of Dorothea Lange, “Lange”, with executive producer David Fincher.
Documentaries and web presence have always been an important
virtual exhibition dynamic for the project. Previous films, such as
“Humble Beauty: Skid Row Artists” have showcased the project and
garnered many film festival, and other, awards, the latter currently
getting national distribution on public television.
These dynamics have kept the project successful, aesthetically-educationally
intimate or personalized, and yet with proven macro-impact at a
Currently the project, while completing the main thrust of its heavy involvement
as subject of “Passing Through”, is now seeking a new studio space and new or renewed sources of funding.