The seeds of Grassroots Arts Initiative were sown when we came together to organize new arts events for people of all ages and skill levels. Events that celebrate the artist in all of us!
Our goal is to encourage art in our everyday lives. We are all busy, filling our days with school, jobs, family and other responsibilities. But we also recognize that feeding that creative spark is a vital part of life. Not everyone is an accomplished painter or sculptor, but we also know that there are unlimited ways to be creative – mediums not typically considered conventional forms of art.
We encourage the re-use of ordinary items or clothing into new and exciting creative endeavors. Imagination knows no bounds when creating art. Perhaps industrial items like pipes are made into lamps; or donated used clothing into designer outfits; or pallets into furniture. We look at cast-off items as something that still holds value. They can be made into something new and artistic and exciting.
Our motto is “growing art and artists” and we mean that in the truest sense. We want to grow art by expanding people’s definition of art, and hold events to showcase the art around us. At the same time, we will grow artists by encouraging them in their creative efforts. We will be launching a scholarship program in 2017 to allow them to take their passion and fine-tune it.
We hope you’ll join us on this exciting journey! Check our website, follow us on Facebook, and attend our events. We’ve planted the seeds, and with your help, Grassroots Arts Initiative will be able to encourage and foster artists now and in the future.
Who We are:
Mary Rettenmaier, President
Brent Earl, Vice President
Mary Carusi, Secretary
Barbara Smith, Treasurer
A past president of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in San Jose, CA, Barbara has a life-long interest in quilts and textile arts. Barbara has worked with a number of non-profits over the years, and believes in supporting local organizations and businesses. She is a past board member of the Livingston Arts Council, and is the Race Director for the AFM, the largest amateur motorcycle roadracing club in the country. Currently working at the City of Howell, Barbara is also a writer, hoping to publish mystery novels and a collection of short stories in the near future.