Postponed to Saturday, June 20, 2020
RAW Artists has announced the National Arts Drive, a three-hour community experience on Saturday, June 6, 2020 spanning throughout Canada, United States and Mexico. Local artists will showcase their work while respecting social distancing – from windows, balconies, driveways, front lawns, workspaces, or appropriate commercial spaces. Community supporters are invited to visit participating local artists, performers, musicians and designers living in their community from a safe distance.
The driving tour will be paired with a mobile website designed and built by RAW Artists. Art showcases will be identified on a map within the app, enabling drivers to plan their routes. Using the site, visitors can support artists by liking, following and/or sharing artists’ work via social media, tipping artists through a touch-free pay app (i.e. Venmo, PayPal), and/or making future purchases from the artists online. All donations go directly to the artists.
“We are using all the resources available to us to continue our mandate of artists supporting artists,” said says Michelle Bylow, executive director of RAW Artists Canada. “The drive will give artists visibility and financial support from their communities. 100 percent of the proceeds go to the creatives”.
Bylow and her team are aiming to register 10,000 Canadian artists for the event. RAW supports 10 different verticals within the arts community – film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, beauty, accessories, photography, craft and technology. There is no charge for artists to participate, and they do not have to be members of RAW.
“While online showcases of creativity are abundant, nothing compares to an arts viewing experience in person,” Heidi Luerra, founder and CEO of RAW Artists states. “Arts events have gone dark. This is our creative response to ensure artists are still seen, heard, and supported.”
About RAW Artists:
Founded in 2009, RAW is the largest independent, international arts organization in the world. RAW’s mission is to serve independent artists with the tools, resources, education and exposure needed to thrive and succeed in their creative careers. RAW is an online and offline platform that has showcased over 200k artists in 70 cities across the globe in multi-faceted arts events that draw crowds of 1,000+ attendees.
Due to the “Stay at Home” orders issued by the Canadian government; RAW Artists Canada has halted regular operations since March 15, 2020.