Saturday, March 23, 2019
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
138 West 15th Street, NYC (between 6th and 7th avenues)
Community event. Open to all. Free admission.
Free Columbia’s Art Dispersal at
Organized by Anthroposophy NYC
Free Columbia will provide an Art Dispersal as an experience of the Free Cultural Realm.
“This is a radical de-commodification of art! Artists leading the way to a new future!”
“Come see what happens when we ask people to support the conditions for creativity instead of purchasing artwork, and see what it’s like to live with original artwork.”
Art Dispersal is an event where we hang up original works of art and invite people to become their stewards. They can take a piece home, keep it for as long as they like, as well as return it to the artist if they no longer want to keep it. Stewards are offered an opportunity to make a contribution to Free Columbia. Contributions support the artists as well as Free Columbia.
Free Columbia has run 14 Art Dispersals over the past 8 years, with over 610 paintings (as well as other works of art) dispersed to stewards in Hudson, Philmont, Spring Valley, and Manhattan, NY; Eugene and Portland, OR; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; and Jarna, Sweden.
As a society we have placed original visual art outside of the financial means of the majority of people. At the same time we have impoverished most of our artists. At Free Columbia we are working in many ways to change this. Art Dispersal means that you can become the steward of a painting. That means that you can live with the painting for as long as you like, you can pass it along to someone else who wants it and, if you no longer want to keep it, you can return it to the artist who created it.
You may ask, how much does it cost to become a steward of art? It does not cost. You cannot pay for it. This opportunity is freely given. Of course it does cost something to bring a painting into existence. Someone has to buy materials and have food and shelter while they work. But you can’t pay for that to happen in relation to the paintings available at Art Dispersal. It has already happened.
And if the question then occurs to you, “This is a good thing, this art dispersal, what can I do so that it happens in future years?” The answer is – you can support the conditions that make free culture possible. You can make a pledge or a donation to Free Columbia. All donations support the artists, free Columbia, and the Anthroposophical Society. To learn more about Free Columbia and Art Dispersal, click here.
“Looking at your work makes me think that this kind of activity makes a more lasting impression by being in the house than not because it does form part of our daily life. It weaves itself into our daily imagination and emotions
without being prompted by external considerations. It forms part of our daily eyes.”
“It sort of felt like adopting a baby. A beautiful quiet well behaved baby. It was as if everyone had a painting that was meant for them in the room and they had to find theirs.”
“Revolutionary! Thank you for inspiring creativity.”