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DALLAS ARTS ORIGIN COLUMNIST | Gina Dunn


GOSS-MICHAEL


FOUNDATION Empowers


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In supporting an art community that collaborates and creates, the Goss-Michael Foundation encourages the creative souls of tomorrow to live their art. www.GOSSMICHAELFOUNDATION.ORG


BARTERINGARTISTS: Dallas/Fort Worth Artists Use Creativity as Cash


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n a tough economy, money may be short, but talent and skills are not. The DFW arts community has tapped into an age-old method to legally obtain what you need, want, or never knew you had to have, without having to pay.


Bartering Artists is a group allowing local artists to make exchanges with service providers in a friendly environment. Services range from chiropractic care, salon services, marketing assistance, and legal advice, to name a few. Created just five months ago using Facebook as its main platform, the group has more than 725 members, with successful barters occuring daily.


As an artist with no car who gets around by bicycle, Bartering Artist founder, Patricia Rodriguez, often asked friends for rides in exchange for art. She started the group because she saw a real need for creating a supportive network of people who wanted to barter their time and skills.


“The basic idea is to provide a platform where bartering is acceptable and the value is placed on people as resources and not cash. Add into the mix that artists founded the group and the opportunities to be creative seem endless. We are here to help people network,” says Rodriguez.


The first meet and greet, one of several planned live bartering events, was held on Sept 4th, at Exposition Park’s Fallout Lounge. The venue quickly filled with artists, photographers, hair stylists, masseuses, yogis, DJs, cake-makers and jacks-of-all-trades who came ready to mingle with barters in hand. The art up for exchange was as diverse as the people and more than 100 exchanges were made that evening alone.


Rodriguez is excited for what the future holds. “People are collecting art and supporting each other’s businesses. Galleries are offering their spaces to show our art. There’s a real, palpable sense of community. I hope to eventually get much-needed health and dental services integrated into the group. There is so much that is needed that people go without because they can’t afford it.”


Tomorrow’s Artists


n its continuing efforts to support and encourage promising artistic talent, the Goss-Michael Foundation has announced the winners of four $5,000 scholarships. These funds are designated annually to financially assist high school seniors throughout Texas as they embark on their college careers. The scholarships will be applied toward tuition at each winner’s college of choice.


Winners were chosen by art experts Aphrodite Gonou, art advisor to Kenny Goss and George Michael, and David Austin, songwriter and longtime collaborator with George Michael. Kenny Goss, cofounder of the Goss-Michael Foundation, along with his partner, recording artist George Michael, created the George Michael Music Scholarship and the Kenny Goss Art Scholarship to foster continued interest in art and music among high school students.


Presented annually to two graduating seniors from the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, both scholarships are awarded to students with plans to pursue their musical and artistic aspirations following graduation.


On a local level, The Goss-Michael Foundation annually awards the Goss-Michael Foundation DFW Art Scholarship for Visual Arts to a student graduating from a Dallas, Fort Worth, or surrounding area high school. The Goss- Michael Foundation Texas Art Scholarship is given annually to a Texas high school senior who demonstrates not only extraordinary artistic talent, but significant scholastic achievements and leadership, as well as school and community participation.


The 2011 scholarship winners are: Megan Wainwright, James “Austin” Allen, Isaac Williams, and Erica Garza.


In supporting an art community that collaborates and creates, the Goss Michael Foundation encourages the creative souls of tomorrow to live their art. Now that’s inspiring.


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