“I had a vision…”
30 years ago artist and educator Bob Bates was inspired by a vision to ‘get an art space for kids.’ So often on tours, in the studios, or during staff gatherings, we are transported to the origin story of Inner-City Arts with Bob Bates’ famous introduction, “I had a vision…” This remarkable and creative envisioning is woven so deeply into the fabric of Inner-City Arts.
As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we look to honor not only Bob Bates’ original vision of Inner-City Arts, but the true essence of Inner-City Arts. At its core, Inner-City Arts is a place that cherishes, uplifts, and amplifies the artistic visions of our city’s most underserved children and teens and serves as a place where young people use creativity to envision an inspiring, bold future for themselves and their communities.
In honor of our 30-year history, and this year’s Imagine Awards Lifetime Achievement honoree and Inner-City Arts Co-Founder Bob Bates, we present this exhibition, uplifting and spotlighting 30 different visions — visions from current students, past alumni, supporters, local artists, staff members, volunteers, co-founders, community leaders and more — each highlighting the impact of our history, while providing inspiration for our future.
Did Inner-City Arts inspire you to find and express your own vision?
Do you have a poem, film, sculpture, painting, dance, piece of art that expresses your vision for the future? Inner-City Arts friends, artists, makers, and creators are encouraged to send in their art, video, music, performance (and more!) submissions for review and consideration before Monday, July 15th.
Submit here: bit.ly/ICA30Visions