In the past 5 years Free Columbia has run seven Art Dispersals where over 450 paintings and other works of art have been dispersed to people who were interested in becoming a steward of art. This year we are planning another dispersal to be held on Sunday May 28. We have held dispersals in Philmont and Hudson NY, Portland OR, Jarna, Sweden and last year in New York City. This time we are bringing it back home to Philmont.

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, “This is a good thing, this art dispersal. So 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 and Free Columbia. 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 its like to live with original artwork.

Participating Artists:

Kate Farrell

Mary Maschall

Sara Parrilli

Mado Spiegler

Laura Summer

Martin Summer

“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.”

Steward from past year

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Date(s) - 05/28/2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free Columbia