We were fortunate enough to have Sherry Shaw-Froggatt, who is one of the Creative Airdrie Society founders, come in to explain to us how businesses could become more involved in Artember. We were surprised at some of her suggestions as most of us didn’t realize many of the options open to us as business owners.
Did you know that for a nominal fee you can display a local artist’s creations in your store front? In return you get free artwork for your office, advertising space in the Artember guides and a sandwich board in front of your business indicating your support and welcoming more foot traffic to stop in. This program has been so successful some of the companies have opted to display the artwork year round, rather than just for Artember.
Did you know that if you own a building with a blank wall, Creative Airdrie can match you with a local artist to paint a mural on it? (I think we all know how much a mural improved the look of the metal quonset on 1st avenue.) You can’t advertise by putting your business name in the mural but you can certainly choose a subject matter that highlights your business. For example a coffee shop might choose to have a painting of coffee beans and a cup done.
Did you know that if you have one of those ugly utility boxes or fire hydrants in front of your store or in your neighbourhood the city can approve artistic coverings for these? Just by contacting Creative Airdrie you could collaborate with them to have a unique cover created which complements your business or community. As an example the fire hydrants in Bayside could be painted up as lighthouses. This project could become our version of the painted cows. The possibilities are endless and the goal is to have every single one in the city done.
Creative Airdrie has also recently launched the Artistic Flags along 1st avenue and have been inundated with calls to have more flags added in other locations. Put your request in now so as not to miss out on the opportunity to display your civic pride and artistic support.
Are your creative juices flowing? Do you want to get more involved now that you know how easy it is? Well here’s how you can help... Creative Airdrie is currently looking for new board members. They can always use help from volunteers. They are also in need of places to host Pop-Up Galleries or “Dirty” spaces for Artists to create in. If you’d like to go all out, how about opening a full time Art Gallery in Airdrie? A first for our city and grossly overdue.
Statistics show that for every dollar invested in the arts, double that is returned to the community. A 50% return on your money is certainly nothing to laugh at. Airdrie’s population growth and development is unprecedented and seems to attract hard working, entrepreneurial individuals along with some amazingly gifted artists. Building our community pride and unity through support and cooperation between these two groups is the foundation of Artember’s immense success. We are truly blessed to live in such a great city, and the sky’s the limit when we work together.
For more information on Artember visit their website: http://artember.ca or to become more involved please contact the Creative Airdrie Society at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay classy Airdrie!