The Masters Program in Sustainable Design at Philadelphia University recently hosted a design charette for MAAG as we continue our building process. During this charette , or collaborative workshop, we worked together both in small and large groups to design a sustainable building plan to not only turn MAAG into the thriving arts center we envision, but how to also create a carbon-neutral space. During the creative and collaborative process we were free to dream up different ways of achieving these goals and our minds sure went wild! From a natural façade to solar panels on the roof to re-using rainwater—the possibilities were endless in the first no budget, no cares at all brainstorming session. After purging our heads of these infinite ideas, it was time to refine our ideas into things that we can actually achieve and afford. All in all it was an eye-opening, mind-expanding session that started MAAG off on the right foot; connecting with the community to create our space!
On a picture-perfect fall Saturday, MAAG hosted an art sale in Ned Wolf park to benefit the build out of our new space. With donated art of all mediums, from pottery to painting to leather to photographs, our event was a huge success. In the air of geniality and giving, we welcomed new members, emerging artists sold their first pieces and people even danced to our music! Thanks to all of our artists and art lovers, friends and volunteers. Because of you we were able to raise money that will help with repairs at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave! Thanks again to our wonderful community. Remember, without You there is no Us!
As we take steps toward our opening and start crossing things off our long to-do list we need YOU now more than ever! Our need for volunteers is growing as are the ways you can help. Whenever, wherever and however you are interested in helping out there is a place for you!
Volunteer: make some phone calls, hand out leaflets, or just float around helping out where it’s needed
Fundraising: got skills for writing grants? Calling for donations? This is the place for you
Construction: are you a carpenter? Handy-man, cleanup crew or know someone who is? We would love to have you join our team!
Event Coordinator: help us as we get the word out; in person, online, you name it!
We would love to have you on-board and help us achieve our vision. Please contact Linda@mtairyartgarage.org and come and be a part of something great in your neighborhood!
Here at MAAG we are so excited to have our new space, and we even have things to move in! After all, what good is a home without furniture? Our wonderful team of members and volunteers helped move in display cases, shelving units and wall displays, all while creating a neighborhood buzz about MAAG. Want to get in on the buzz? Become a member! Volunteer! Visit www.mtairyartgarage.org for more info.
Mt. Airy Art Garage Finds a Permanent Home
at 9-11 W. Mt Airy Ave.
We couldn’t be more excited! From the moment we saw our new location our imaginations ran wild with its possibilities. Permanent gallery space! Fine Art and Handcraft Markets! Studio rental space! Performances! Workshops! Oh my!
The best part is we can do everything we envisioned under one roof. We have a 5,000 square foot garage in the heart of the Mt. Airy business district with heat, A.C and a beautiful high ceiling, but it’s up to us to build it out. First things first, we need to fix the floor. Once that is done we would like to have community and artist meetings where people can come see the space and share in our vision. Remember, we are a non-profit so we need your help. Become a member and join us on our journey! We are looking for volunteers, donations, referrals and to just spread the word. Our main goal is to bridge community and art – what better way than to contribute to the renaissance of your Mt. Airy Art Garage! If you are interested in being involved please visit our website www.mtairyartgarage.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mt. Airy Art Garage, on Mt. Airy Avenue in the heart of the Mt. Airy business district. Fate brought it all together, now we need you to make it a reality!
Create, Learn, Imagine, Grow
Community Connections and Art
Our vision is to create a cooperative in Northwest Philadelphia where emerging and professional artists can create and sell their work in a community of like-minded colleagues, friends, and neighbors. We expect to achieve this through the creation of a weekend arts and crafts market as well as an indoor space where one can take a workshop, watch art being created, learn about crafts, and purchase art and craft objects. We are currently incorporating as a 501(c3), based in Northwest Philadelphia embracing artists in Germantown, Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, and surrounding communities.
Mt. Airy Art Garage Cooperative will provide opportunities for artists in Northwest Philadelphia to create, exhibit, and distribute their fine arts and handcrafts; to educate and teach workshops to both adults and youth; to create an ongoing Art Market that highlights unique fine arts and handcrafts; all while recognizing and appreciating the diversity of this unique section of Philadelphia.
Upcoming Plans for 2010
- Launching a membership drive—we welcome you to join! Whether you are an artist or a supporter of the visual arts, the Mt. Airy Art Garage can be the place for you. Find out more at our website www.mtairyartgarage.org and friend us on Facebook.
- Creating our next Art Market, hopefully for April. Stay tuned for more information.
- Silent Auction, Sat., May. 15. This will be a unique evening of music and art held at the former PA Governor’s Mansion in Germantown, listed on the National Register as a historic site. You will have an opportunity to bid on unique fine art and handcrafts donated by our members while enjoying music and food donated by area businesses and musicians. This should be an amazing night. You’ll never even feel like it’s a fundraiser.
Look for us at Mt. Airy Day, May 1, 2010!
The Mt. Airy Art Garage will be reaching out to our neighbors in a big kind of way! We’ll have at least 4 tables “representing!” You’ll find unique fine art and handcrafts, get a calendar of events, and have the opportunity to become a member. Stop by, meet our artists, learn more about our vision and upcoming events!
For more information, visit us at www.mtairyartgarage.org, or friend us on Facebook.
Celebrating Together To Make The Mt. Airy Art Garage A Reality After completing our second weekend of the Mt. Airy Art Garage, we are all being struck by an unexpected experience. It’s not about how many visitors crossed the portals of our doors. It’s not about artists’ sales, and it’s not about more Holiday marketing ads to bring you in. It’s about community. We have been deeply moved by the warm embraces of visitors thanking us for what we are doing. We become teary-eyed at unexpected (and ongoing) dropoffs of home-made food for everyone at our festivities. We are touched by the musicians who have stepped forward to volunteer their time, for the love of art, to add warmth to everyone’s spirits in a cold Garage. We laugh with our artists as they run through the aisles in glee having sold a painting of the highest caliber. Everything is offered with a smile, or an embrace, and open heart. The crossroads of cooperation. Weavers Way has embraced our vision with their support. Our brainstorm, our vision became theirs, employees and managers alike. They have provided us with space, with opportunity, with moral support. Businesses in Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill have stepped forward with food donations to feed the soul, provide Holiday cheer, and add some chocolate to the mouths of babes—old and young alike. Some of the businesses who have opened their hearts to us include High Point Café, Little Night Kitchen, Bredenbecks, Baker Street Bread, Point of Destination Café, Mi Puebla, Platinum Grill, Urban Café, Metropolitan Bakery, and more. Our first weekend, Meg, owner of High Point Café, welcomed us into the neighborhood with wonderful signs, coffee, and scones for all. Neighbors come by with baked goods, home-made treats, and cider! Our Mt. Airy Art Garage musicians have come from all walks of life, all volunteering their time—professionals such as Richard Drueding, Terri Rambo, Barry Goldstein, Zak Stock, Jerry Allender and his trio, Slippery Slope, to name a few. And then we are thrilled to have new, emerging artists like Mark Robinson, Ian Zolitar, Sondra Rodriguez—and that’s for starters. Some have already played, others will come soon. Perhaps Barry put it the best this past weekend when he said “This place is really cool, and I am here to play and be a part of it.” That’s what it’s all about—cooperation, making art happen, all for the love of doing it. So, wish us well for our final weekend. We will have the largest, most diverse offering of fine art and handcraft yet—with live music all day long! In 2010, we move on to the next phase of our vision and dreams—to create an Artist Cooperative at 542 W. Carpenter Lane. The Mt. Airy Art Garage is not a competition—we are an Art Collaboration in its purest form. We are artists, creating art for you, our neighbors, our community. We are a magnet for energy, support, laughter, song, and for sharing. So join us, celebrate our last weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19-20 from 10 am-6 pm at 542 West Carpenter Lane. We welcome you with open arms.