The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department has received a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council to continue support for the Community Open Studio's Artists on the Edge program. Artists on the Edge is a peer-run program for artists in recovery promoting "outsider art" through mentoring, open studio space and art supplies.
Artists on the Edge focuses on the works of nontraditional artists and meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. at the "F" Street Recreation Center, 1225 "F" St. Art exhibits are included in First Friday Art Walks in the Apothecary Building, 8th and "P" streets, and at Indigo Bridge Books, 701 "P" St. Special exhibits also occur throughout the year at various local businesses.
Artists on the Edge has been a collaborative effort of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, CenterPointe and Community Mental Health since 1999. Through the joint effort, Open Studio has become a place for participants to interact with other artists to share ideas and provide feedback while creating an artistic outlet and building community spirit.
Most participants are referred to the program through CenterPointe and Community Mental Health, but anyone is welcome to join. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Melissa Lindeman at 402-441-4900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program is funded by grants, art sales and private donations. To purchase art or make a donation, contact CenterPointe at 402-475-8717, visit centerpointe.org, or find them on Facebook at "Artists on the Edge and Writer's Wordshop."