5 Organizations Working To Support & Celebrate The Arts

Art allows people from all walks of life to express themselves, and if we want the artistic community to thrive, it's important to give it our support. From groups to festivals, we present, in no particular order, organizations working to foster creativity.

First up, at #1, we have the Alfa Art Gallery. This non-profit organization aims to support new and well-established artists, giving their work exposure and helping draw in a critical following within the community. It conducts local, national, and international exhibitions, and provides an open studio for exhibiting talents.

Located in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey, the artists' hub works with first-time buyers, as well as seasoned collectors, helping them identify a style that expresses their personal image and purpose.

At #2, we have Richmond Art Center, which was founded in the 1930s by Hazel Salmi together with local artists and art lovers. It aims to empower an inclusive community, recognizing and uplifting every person’s artistic potential.

The gallery promotes learning for adults, teens, and kids through exhibitions, tours, art-making events, and classes at their facility, as well as in schools and community centers. In addition, the organization offers professional development programs for educators, helping them bring art to their classrooms.

In the #3 spot, we have CreativeFuture. This non-profit organization is composed of filmmakers, photographers, writers, and musicians, fighting to promote the value of creativity in the digital age.

The group advocates for copyright protection, empowering artists to speak out against piracy and its effect on their livelihood. The group is focused on raising awareness about ownership, which helps foster greater respect for everyone's works.

Next up, at #4, is Lit Youngstown, which was founded in 2015 in Ohio by Liz Hill and Karen Schubert. The group aims to provide opportunities for writers and readers, helping them experience and enjoy the literary arts through festivals, writing camps, workshops, and classes.

The nonprofit provides a platform where writers can share their work, cultivate creativity, and increase self-understanding. It also promotes cultural awareness, critical analysis, and active citizenship.

Finally, at #5, we have the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival. This was started in 1980 to support and benefit the Claudius Crozet Park, and takes place twice a year at a dedicated growth area at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The festival showcases diverse fine art and craftwork from the community. It also features local food, Virginia wine and beer, musical performances, children's activities, and more.