Long live art. Long live support.
What is support? And what does support look, sound, and feel like? As an adolescent artist who is support-deprived, whether the obstacles are financial, familial, or conceptual, the world can seem unfriendly and overwhelming. In the same realm, for parents of aspiring young artists who are not artists themselves who want to support their children but don't know how, the world can be just as daunting.
A continuum is something that keeps on going, changing slowly over time, like the continuum of the four seasons.
Continuum Arts Collective (C.A.C.) was conceived and created by artists who themselves struggled with finding the support they so desperately wanted as children and adolescents. As New Englanders, we are taught the value of hard work and commitment, but unless those endeavors involve financial or what is deemed worthy employment, things get tricky fast.
Everyone wants someone who understands their view of the world. After all, acceptance is part of our most basic needs as human beings. And defining art can be cumbersome, let alone deciding what it means to be an artist. C.A.C looks to support many aspects of art and creativity: music, visual arts, dance, theater, culinary arts, photography, videography/film, fiction and non-fiction writing, poetry, or design. Our audience are students who attend public schools in Maine who aspire to make art a lifelong pursuit while living a balanced life.
People often think of art as an all-or-nothing endeavor, when really, so long as it satisfies an intrinsic part of one's soul, it can be pursued in parallel with living a full life. Sleeping on couches and eating bad food doesn't have to be part of the equation.
Continuum Arts Collective looks support young artists by helping them acquire mentors, materials, methodologies, or a combination of all three. We are a non-profit as defined by the IRS 501(c)(3) code for public benefit, and we are also officially recognized and approved by the State of Maine. All of our fundraising efforts go directly towards supporting young artists, to help them grow and flourish, and to allow them to engage with a community that understands them at a root level.
In return, we ask only that artists supported by Continuum Arts Collective pass on their knowledge to others so that they might thrive, and to represent arts and community in a positive light. A continuum is something that keeps on going, changing slowly over time, like the continuum of the four seasons. Artists fit into this concept quite nicely. They change over time, like the seasons, each slightly different from one another, but always progressing, thinking, and using their senses to inform their art.