If you’re a fan of contemporary art, note that it just doesn’t get much more contemporary than “Art Has a Home.”
The visual arts festival series presented by creative development firm Modern Day Scribe will host its third installment Friday.
Co-organizer Patrick Dufauchard, who goes by the last name Melon, held the first “Art Has a Home” in his own home. Filled with balloons and the artwork of several local artists, Melon said he knew he would host the event again, much larger.
And he did.
The second time around, winter 2013, the event was held at the old Bible Bookstore on Government Street in Baton Rouge. Once again filled with balloons, the day-long festivities drew more than 400 attendees.
Drawing from results seen in New Orleans and in northern New Jersey, where he recently studied in an exchange program, Melon said he hopes urban art appreciation will begin spilling over into the Capital City and that’s why he sought to outdo his event yet again.
Securing sponsors and donations to make the third “Art Has a Home” both a day and evening event and free of charge, Melon, with the help of other organizers, even landed sponsorship from the LSU College of Art & Design.
“[Receiving sponsorships] is recognition that what we are doing is worthwhile and that it is worth continuing, because we’re obviously reaching and inspiring people,” Melon said.
Through this event series, he also said that he’s figured out the secret to making everyone want to experience art.
“What I learned is that inclusion is the most important thing,” he said. “I’ve been to art shows where everything is hand-selected and you can’t expect a big turnout when you hand-select a certain amount of people.”
“At the last ‘Art Has a Home’, a man, who had be like 22 years old, came up to me and said that was the first time he’s ever gone to an art show in his whole life — that’s what this is all about — reaching out and passing on these experiences,” he continued.
Melon borrowed from Modern Scribe pal Luke St. John McKnight in stating the purpose of the event series as ‘curating culture.’
“The purpose of it, at this point, is to give people the chance to reach out a little bit further and see what else is available inside their own communities that they might not be aware of,” he said.
“Art Has a Home” isn’t just visual art, however. The event will include an open mic poetry hour featuring Sadecru, and other live performances including music by DJ Automatik and Earthchilde Band. Theater teaching assistant Mark Gibson will also perform.
‘Art Has a Home’
WHEN: 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: The Healthcare Gallery, 3488 Brentwood Drive