Water Street Studios Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary by pARTnering Artists with Nonprofits to Make a Difference for All.

June 24, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               June 21, 2019
Danielle Hollis, Executive Director
Water Street Studios Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary by pARTnering Artists with Nonprofits to Make a Difference for All.

Batavia, IL – In honor of their 10 Year Anniversary on September 13, 2019 Water Street Studios is partnering 10 local artists with 10 nonprofits to create outdoor, public art murals that illustrate the programs and services that the participating nonprofits offer back to the community. These murals will be on display in the alley leading up to the entrance of Water Street Studios.
The goal of this project is to create an outdoor resource gallery for our community to learn more about leading causes and services in our community while improving the streetscape and public safety on Water Street in downtown Batavia, Illinois.

Water Street Studios Executive Director Danielle Hollis shares, “My vision in creating this project was to connect non-profits so that our missions can support one another. We don’t have to do it all on our own. We should be working together to make bigger impacts in our community. It’s all about understanding the strengths and weaknesses of our organization and going out to find partners that can strengthen our weaknesses and benefit from our strengths.”  
Water Street Studios invites artists to use their skills, passion and efforts to support important causes that are directly impacting our community while getting paid for their work. Interested artists can apply online at www.waterstreetstudios.org to make a difference in our community today by using the arts as a tool to further personal, professional, academic, and economic growth for those in our community in honor of Water Street Studios’ 10 Year Anniversary.
“This project is special because these art pieces will reflect one of our community’s strongest features—our commitment to service and taking care of one another,” says Batavia’s fifth ward alderwomen, Abby Beck.
Artists will be selected by jury and then presented to non-profit partners for pairing. Selected artists receive a $1,000 stipend from Water Street Studios for their work. All artists living in Illinois can submit. Final works to be completed on 3 foot by 4 foot (vertical) canvas, according to non-profit specifications, illustrating the programs and services provided by the non-profit partner. A digital vinyl replica will be presented at the Reveal Party to be scheduled by non-profit partners and hosted by Water Street Studios over several months from late 2019-2020.
Artists have until July 15, 2019 to submit their application to participate in the Activate the Alley project in coordination with Water Street Studios’ 10 Year Anniversary. All applications must follow the guidelines and be submitted online at https://www.waterstreetstudios.org/activate-the-alley-partnership-project.
Nonprofit organizations interested in becoming mural pARTners can contact Danielle Hollis directly to learn about availability. Stay tuned for the full announcement of the ten participating nonprofit organizations and their selected artists in the coming months.
Please contact Danielle Hollis, Executive Director of Water Street Studios for more information about the Activate the Alley pARTnership Project.

Image: Example of the vision for Activate the Alley on Water Street by September 2020.
About Water Street Studios
Water Street Studios is a 501(c)3 for-purpose art center located in downtown Batavia, Illinois. Our mission is to help make the arts more accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. Our vision is to be a cultural hub in the Midwest. We provide our community with classes, artist studios, gallery exhibitions, free programs for under-resourced families and schools, events in our historic venue, and more. Learn more at www.waterstreetstudios.org

Water Street Studios is committed to maintaining a welcoming and safe environment for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, or disability.
Danielle Hollis, Executive Director
(630) 761-9977