Outsider Collective is a non-profit arts community founded by artists and professionals whose main goal is to create a community of artists while enhancing the lives of those living with differing abilities. Our mission is to direct, encourage, promote, and stimulate the practice and appreciation of the arts amongst individuals of all abilities who are in search of an arts based community to belong to. Our focus is on “Outsider Artists” to come together to create, belong, and connect.
The OC strives to bring quality art programming, art exhibitions and shows, art classes/workshops and community gatherings to assist and support local efforts which enable all members of the community to be involved.Our brand new studio is located within the Hope Artiste’s Village in Pawtucket, RI. We are surrounded by so many gifted artists and entrepreneurs there, and the Wintertime Farmer’s Market is right outside our door. We feel very lucky to be able to occupy this studio and soon will have many different events to share with you all.
Art is one of the most wonderful ways to heal through expression and creativity. In a time where we are all social distancing, we are blessed to have this time to uncover our creativity and share it with others through social media. Even though we cannot come together physically right now, we can all be inspired to create and share our art work with others.This is why we are challenging YOU to make artwork based on the four elements of life -
We will be showcasing all artwork made based off of this theme on all of our social media outlets as well as a virtual gallery of all the work submitted on our website.Once we are able to congregate again, we will have an in person show at the Outsider Collective. Get creative, we want to see artwork of ANY medium including photography, painting, drawing, sculpting, woodworking etc. You can make a series of work with a piece representing each element, a singular piece that incorporates all four elements, or a piece of work based off of one element.
Submit your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. or use the #elementsoc on Instagram. This is a continual call for art, and we will be updating the virtual show regularly. We cannot wait to see what is created!
Rhode Island has a rich arts scene, with many people trying to find their home and where they belong within it. Outsider Collective was born from a place of wanting to create a community space for people who had trouble accessing an arts community or felt otherwise excluded from joining one. There are artists all over Rhode Island who have unbelievable skill that face road blocks making it difficult to get their artwork out there, and we hope to give all those artists a home to belong to.
A resident of Rhode Island for ten years, Carrie has been part of the Rhode Island Non Profit world for five years. Even though Carrie comes from a classically trained metal smithing background, exposing the art and raw talent of Outsiders its her main passion. She believes that all artists regardless of their background or training deserve a community to be a part of.
Carrie is the Arts Program Director at RHD-RI where she met Jess Lee. Through their work together it became abundantly clear that the artists of RHD needed a venue and a community space to connect with the rest of the world to show their talents.
Rhode Island native and Pawtucket resident, Jess Lee has been honing her skills as an Outsider Artist for many years. Black ink illustrative work with spiritual symbolism is what she prefers to create, and is a RI licensed tattoo artist. What she loves more than art is helping encourage and support other Outsider Artists. Her passion is to promote the artwork of the community she serves and assist artists in becoming gainfully self-employed.
She is currently the Community Program Director at RHD-RI, an arts based day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, where she met Carrie Hyde, RHD-RI’s Art Director. Collectively, they came up with the idea of forming Outsider Collective as a way to create a unique and inclusive type of artist community in the heart of Pawtucket, RI.
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