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GoingPlaces Art Collective

 

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GoingPlaces Art Collective

Artist Community | Based in Connecticut

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Our Mission

Going Places Art Collective is an Artist-Based Community Group originally founded by Alex Ranniello, Matt Aloma, and Kim DiMilia. Formed in 2018, GoingPlaces started as our passion project composed of artists seeking a more connected community here in CT. The core mission of our Collective, is to unite and empower artists, performers, musicians, and craftsmen from across the Connecticut tri-state area. As an organization, our goal is to form & maintain strong fortified relationships and be an advocate for creatives (of all forms) here in Connecticut. We continue making great strides in cultivating sustainable opportunities to offer the artists of our community.

 

How do we do it, you ask? Opportunity. Development. Empowerment.

  1. Opportunity: As a collective, we coordinate and develop live local events. Through partnership with local businesses, organizations, and community groups we orchestrate these art shows, pop-ups, and festivals for the local community. These efforts bring live local music, performances, and visual art to the community accompanied by food & drink, local vendors, live activities, raffle auctions, and so much more! 

  2. Development: As an organization, we serve as project developers. Through a plethora of promotional materials, we tirelessly market & advertise public art initiatives across the state. We’re proud to lend a hand to Connecticut’s Office for the Arts, county-wide cultural councils, arts alliances/coalitions, local galleries, community organizations, local businesses, and other community groups. Furthermore, we cherish opportunities for partnership on local projects in our state.

  3. Empowerment: Online, we serve our artists as advocates. Between events, we continue to empower and support artists by sharing news and opportunities throughout the calendar year on our social media and in our newsletter. Our team publishes weekly social media posts showcasing individual artists from our community.

 

Humble Beginning

In our first full calendar year of operation (2019), we held three community art shows, with attendances exceeding over 500 people per event. Self-funded and grassroots, our debut show of April 2019 at K. Simon Center for the Arts amassed:

  1. 16 local performing acts - consisting of musical groups, hip hop artists, and dancers.

  2. Over 20 local artists & vendors - consisting of artwork on handmade skateboards, painting & drawing, photography, illustration, graphic arts, handmades, and beyond.

  3. Showcased fine art of local professionals and college & high school students, and set up activities for the kids at our shows.

 

Our Portfolio

Check out some of our past hosted GoingPlaces events:

SEEK Revolution Fest (2019)

 

   

GoingPlaces Fall Exhibit (2019)

SEEK Revolution Fest (2020)

 

Remain-True Twenty Two Festival (2022)

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In addition to our shows we have been a part of The 2019 Queens Youth Music Festival (New York) and The 2019 annual Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair. Additionally, we have also been a part of Danbury’s In-View Public Art Project (2019) and in 2020, Co-Founder Alex Ranniello and two GoingPlaces artists served as jurors for The 2020 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

  

2023 and Beyond!

Moving forward, we continue to strive in being local partners and advocates for the widespread artist culture here in Connecticut. A critical goal of ours is to bring different subcultures together that have artistic aspirations. To name a few, tattoo, skate, and brewery subcultures are sectors that Connecticut excels in and we want to serve them through our artist community by meeting to inspire one another. Many of our artists took different journeys to get involved in the arts. No matter what your skill level, past experience, and background is, we encourage those to make Art a part of their lives. Through Art, our possibilities are endless in being able to unite people in our community.

What Is Ahead…

The GoingPlaces Arts Monthly Newsletter

The first of every month, we continue publishing our newsletter filled with Arts & Cultural related News, Event Listings, Call to Artist Postings, and helpful resources for the creative people across our state.

The GP Website LIVE launch!

We’re excited to finally debut our Website’s long awaited inaugural launch for the end of 2022. On our website you’ll be able to discover art-related news & opportunities, Local Artists profiles, a comprehensive online gallery, and so much more! Get connected at the next level with our newly launched website!

The Let’s Go Places! Initiative

In our new public initiative, we’re seeking young aspiring artists and creatives to join the GoingPlaces Team! Through this comprehensive initiative, eligible students earn exciting showcasing opportunities for their work, and a mentorship track with our co-founders. Here, we cover practical topics:

  1. Hands-on experience working with GoingPlaces Art Collective

  2. Pro Tips for young working & exhibiting artists  

  3. Marketing & Advertising for Artists

  4. An Introduction to Arts Administration & Gallery work.

Community Partnerships with Local Business

In 2021 and 2022, we partnered with businesses like Max Deli (Hartford), Glaze Innovative Salon (Hamden), and Almost Famous Brewery (East Granby) to help showcase Connecticut’s artists. As we move into 2022, we’re proud to partner with A.R.T. Tattoo Studios (Hartford) to be hosting our annual GoingPlaces Group Exhibit this spring while we continue bringing exciting new opportunities to showcase our artists here in Connecticut! For 2022 and beyond, we’re excited to return to resume operations by partaking in new festivals, events, and local business partnerships for our community!

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GoingPlaces Art Collective

Artist Community | Based in Connecticut

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