Arts for All Inc. was founded in 2014 by Gerald Bryd. Gerald Bryd took a van filled it with art supplies and began coducting mobile art classes in areas of the community. The program quickly outgrew the van and soon after, The Institute of Imagination became reality. Now activities could be conducted in the comfort of the indoors. The Institute of imagination is the home for Arts for All, Inc. and the private studio of Gerald bry and the Artistic Affair. The program is built around the concept that our participants come to create, explore, learn and have fun. As Caregivers and ecducators, we strive to create and environment that is safe, stimulating and encouraging.
Arts for All, Inc., is a new, non-profit organization designed to provide high quality programming, instruction, and inspiration to families, schools, and individuals in the community at low or no cost. Long-time Carrollton artist and teacher Gerald Byrd describes the program, “Using creativity, input from our guests, attention to detail,and quality materials, we strive to encourage and develop the study and execution of fine arts with the highest professional standards. We address, educate, coordinate, and provide opportunities in the areas of visual and performing arts on a local level.”
“Our programs include the involvement of ambassadors both to raise awareness of the arts and to host fundraising events in order to provide immediate assistance to those who cannot afford tuition to our camps, workshops, and events. Participants who cannot afford the activities will be screened by our volunteers to qualify for free or reduced services.” Information provided in the screening will remain confidential.
Arts for All, Inc. serves the entire West Georgia Community. For more than a year their Pop-up Art Program has conducted “flash mob” style art workshops in city parks, schools, community centers, public housing developments, and libraries. Participants have enjoyed an array of free activities from expressive dance at the Lion’s Safari Park to mask making at the public library. The programs are averaging sixty participants per event. The Pop-Up Program does not publish a schedule because its intent is to surprise and delight the public with free art activities.
The Institute of the Imagination Located at 119 Bradley Street in downtown Carrollton, The Institute of the Imagination is the official headquarters of Arts for All, Inc. where a host of volunteer artists teach special community workshops and classes. Local sponsors provide scholarships for families in need. Proceeds from the workshops are being used to fund the free programming that the organization does in the community and also to purchase furnishings for the institute, pay overhead expenses, and build supply inventories. Longer-ranged, the organization hopes funds from the workshops will also pay visiting artists and hire a full-time staff.