Open Collective
Open Collective
Our 2023 Report, lessons learned and plans for next year
Published on December 21, 2023 by Carolina Paz

Dear Artists, Friends, and Contributors,

We are thrilled to share our report and plans with overflowing gratitude!

In 2023, DO! Art Projects, fueled by the collective efforts of nomadic, independent artists, achieved remarkable milestones. Through diverse fundraising initiatives, donations, and volunteering, we successfully amassed approximately $6,000. These funds were thoughtfully directed toward website development, physical space, maintenance, curatorial text, and compensation for our dedicated staff.

Traversing the artistic landscape brought forth challenges in fundraising and sustaining independent projects. However, these challenges transformed into valuable learning opportunities. We delved into disrupting traditional power structures ingrained in culture and art systems. Collaborative creation became our beacon, uniting artists from diverse backgrounds to innovate and champion poetic experiences. This collaborative spirit spurred growth and adaptation, responding to the unique socio-geographical-historical-economic contexts of our participating artists.

As we set our sights on 2024, DO! Art Projects remains steadfast in our mission to support artists. We aim to collect funds for stipends, empowering artists during juried group shows scheduled between June 2024 and December 2024. This exhilarating initiative aims to bolster artists financially, empowering them to participate and contribute actively to our collective endeavors.

The DO! Art Projects team remains unwavering in our dedication to crafting meaningful artistic activations that honor the distinct nuances of the places they unfold. Our commitment is rooted in fostering connectivity and shared experiences among artists and audiences alike.

Here's a brief recap of our endeavors in 2023:

April and May Projects:

  • Three Constellations: A mesmerizing three-part journey exploring the technology and architectonics of light, featuring intimate portraits of three women artists. The exhibition transitioned from the analog to the digital, reimagining ideas of connectivity.
  • Relief Room: An innovative installation by Trevor Natan inspired by dream bathrooms. The astroturf-covered room with an open-floor design and grass-covered seat invited participants to share thoughts and memories associated with bathrooms, creating a unique and contemplative experience.
  • Aspiration: A contemplative site-specific installation by Diogo Montes, challenging viewers to reflect on the inequality of the capitalist system and the essence of the American Dream. The installation encouraged people to slow down, breathe, and contemplate their life goals.

Isolde Kille in "Three Constellations".

December 2023 Project:
  • Always Something There to Remind Me: A group show curated by Julie McKim featuring the works of thirteen international artists deeply rooted in the concept of memory. The exhibition explored personal, cultural, and historical memories through various mediums, providing a diverse and thought-provoking experience.

Explore more about each project here:

Thank you for being part of this incredible journey. Your support and contributions have been instrumental in our collective success.

With heartfelt gratitude,
DO! Art Projects