Chris, Sydney, Yexue and I are all very excited to embark on our journey into the realm of entrepreneurship! Our team will be working on establishing a pop-up gallery in downtown Appleton that will feature both work from local artists and students, hopefully setting up a place where the Lawrence campus and the Appleton community can be brought together. We will be approaching owners of empty storefronts, proposing our idea: in exchange for the use of the space as a gallery, we will be cleaning it up, ultimately allowing the public to have a better access and viewing experience of the space at little to no cost to the owner. There are a lot of great artists out there setting these up all over the country, but these articles and sites give a good overviews of the idea of a pop-up gallery, as well as interesting looks at the different artists who are contributing to them all around the world.
This week we are dealing with our first major obstacle--getting insurance from Lawrence to fund and cover the project, and sending out letters to business owners in the area. Without these two fundamental parts, we won't be able to actually set up a gallery in Appleton, but the responses so far have been extremely positive! We are all crossing our fingers as we go into next week, and we'll keep you updated as things move forward.