There is a need in our community that has developed over the last decade that has been steadily ignored in the dogged pursuit to maintain the status quo. This need is for a community arts center that has evolved to meet the needs for a new kind of community – a community that has become centered on the latest technological advances. We have moved our style of communication and our sense of community to text messages, emails, and social networking websites. The North Texas area is a hub for technological advancement with companies such as Texas Instruments and Perot Systems, among countless others, but the structure and presentations in community arts centers in the area have remained for the most part stagnant.
The North Texas area has experienced a drop in the attendance of traditional art galleries, but popping up in their stead are exhibitions, lectures, and even universities studying and examining the combination of visual art and technology as it changes and becomes such a large part of our daily lives. A painting hung on a wall or a sculpture on a pedestal has become mundane, leading to a progressive lack of interest on the part of the average member of the community.
The art works being created have evolved into new media works, but the galleries have stayed the same and in most cases do not have the equipment or know-how to incorporate new media works into their exhibition schedule. New media is visual art either created or displayed in a way to reflect recent technological change. From Gordon Young’s copy machine collages to Nic Nicosia’s surreal video narratives, new media has become the majority of art work created in this day in age.
Simply New Media is in the process of creating a community arts center to address just this need. With a background in non-profit arts administration and technical arts presentation, Simply New Media has the experience and passion to carry through this idea to its full fruition. There are no other organizations, non-profit or otherwise, looking to fill this need in the community.
We are looking to you for your support in bringing this community arts center to the North Texas area. With your generous donation, Simply New Media will be on the way to creating a venue, offering educational and exhibition programming to the North Texas community.