WALLTHERAPY's Indiegogo campaign recently launched and needs your help. With approximately one month left to support their 2014 campaign, this season looks to expand making this a bigger and better collection of events for our city.
http://vimeo.com/92699076 Indiegogo fundraiser link
No doubt you've heard about (and seen) many of the walls that have manifested out of what has become a street artist - city tradition here in Rochester. Having started as "Visual Intervention" back in 2011, what is now known as WALLTHERAPY continues year-after-year growing into a bigger and more expansive project throughout our city and region, with ultimately far reaching effects encompassing the globe.
You see, WallTherapy is closely linked with its sister initiative, "IMPACT!" (IMProving Access to Care by Teleradiology), and are housed together under its non-profit parent company, The Synthesis Collaborative. "The organization raises funds to set up teleradiology services within these developing communities and grow a network of volunteer radiologists around the world. These doctors use cloud computing to access images, interpret them and recommend treatment. As a result, afflictions that are commonly misdiagnosed, or missed entirely, are properly diagnosed, saving countless lives. Artists travel to these communities as well, improving life with inspirational murals."
Whether its by WALLTHERAPY or IMPACT!, to the founders, organizers, and curators that make up these organizations, the goals are inextricably linked - to bring about positive change utilizing images and imagery. One might do this by street art and beautifying public spaces, another by bringing medical care to communities in need. Tasked with bringing change to the world by the use of imagery? Probably not coincidental for Rochester residents, artists, doctors and the organizations inspired out of our "Image Capital of the World".
WALLTHERAPY has promised something of a change for 2014…hosting these smaller, highly curated events focusing on specific topics from now until old man winter returns. This past weekend, WALLTHERAPY started off its 2014 year with what was coined, "Writes of Spring". Several domestic and international artists were out and about painting with a focus on typography and the art of the letter. Take a look at some of the shots we got:
Niels Shoe Meulman - Amsterdam
Queen Andrea - Brooklyn
Max Ripo - Spain
Peeta - Italy