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ALTERED ESTHETICS

Altered Esthetics is a nonprofit community arts advocacy organization run by artists, for artists.

Altered Esthetics is a nonprofit community organization run by artists, for artists. Our mission is to foster an inclusive and sustainable arts community through exhibitions, education, and outreach.

Since our founding in 2004, Altered Esthetics has hosted 144 group exhibitions, launched a Solo Exhibitions Program for emerging artists, and has exhibited the work of more than 700 artists - many of whom are sharing their artwork with the public for the very first time. Ae is run by a volunteer-driven board who donate their time to create workshops, exhibitions, and events for emerging artists.

In 2017, Altered Esthetics has:

Exhibited over 120 artists, including 2D, 3D, film, and installation works.

Deepened our community connections by partnering with local organizations including The Emily Program Foundation (Art and Eating Disorders: Building Community Awareness) and Women’s Art Resource of Minnesota (WARM).

Presented new work and provided marketing support for  emerging artist Erin Sandsmark, with two additional artists, Emme Mandara and Ashley Adams, to be presented within the next four months

Coordinated workshops for the solo artists on grant writing, resume construction, submission/proposal materials, and the business of selling work.

Hosted our 4th annual Ae Film Festival (June 1-3) under the theme “Unravel / Reveal.” Screenings were co-presented by Midwest Special Services and Feminist Video Quarterly, with performances, sound and moving image work by Six Families, Why World, The Nunnery, Tamara Alswagger, Eddie Estrin and Mike Croswell

Reduced our Film Festival submission fee from $35 to $25 to increase our accessibility, as well as continued our fee-waiver program to reach low-income artists

Waived or discounted the submission fees for over 20 artists to ease the financial burden of exhibition participation

Collaborated with local performance artists for Debate the Denier, an interactive event for Northern Spark 2017

Our goals for 2018:

Develop and organize four free community Micro-Cinemas, allowing local emerging filmmakers to submit films to be viewed for free by the public

Continue free and low-cost educational opportunities focused on professional development for artists, including how to compose artist statements, resumes, and grant proposals

Organize studio visits from local arts professionals for Ae artists

Continue our Ae Featured Artist Program for group exhibitions to highlight emerging artists

Continue our exhibition fee waiver for low-income artists to lessen the financial burden of participation in our professional group exhibitions

Continue curatorial interviews with artists to increase visibility of artists within the community

Increase our partnerships with outside non-profit organizations to produce community-focused exhibitions

Organize and present the 5th Ae Film Festival, highlighting the work of moving image artists both locally and internationally

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