I am pleased to announce that over 30 applicants have applied for the Urban Art Scholarship!
It is very exciting to see the ambitions of artists around the globe, and how they strive to improve not only their lives but those surrounding them. I want to stress again, that this scholarship is aimed towards students who currently are improving their community through art, or who currently present detailed outlines of their positive intentions.
As an example, I made this painting below after a tragic suicide of one of my old friends. We drifted apart after years of skating and shennanigans together, when I recently heard about him taking his own life. This piece is very dear to me, yet does not impact my community directly. If this piece was auctioned off as a fundraiser for his family, then would have significant value towards communal improvement.
At times it is quite difficult to endure personal hardships, and we must keep our heads high and remain positive. However, we must also always know that someone out there hasn't been given the same opportunities as we fortunately have. This scholarship is aimed to assist those willing to donate time in their lives to assist others.
I hope this defines the lines between personal art and artwork aimed to assist the community, as it is often a line not defined. Both and any type of work is open to consideration, but powerful work impacts our communities for the better.