The Hideaway; facilitates the Space Invader Program: An Artist Sustainability Project the experience is one that is constantly evolving, the first incarnation of the restaurant was a food delivery service in Asheville, NC, acquiring over 70 patrons in the first week nearly 200 patrons in the first month.
Once I acquire 250 patrons in Kansas City I will be able to give a $1000 grant to a local artist each month along with access to a studio and two assistants, a materials budget, and free food. Their task is to create an art object in edition of 250. The art objects given to the Hideaway Patrons expands the artist’s network and introduces them to potential collectors. It also helps to get the fire going presenting the idea of multiples to the artist and how they can get “the art” to the people. I think all artists should be printmakers; it opens them up to a broad collector base, which is a key to "sustaining" an artistic lifestyle.
In addition to the twelve mini-residencies to local artists, once a year an artist in residence will receive a furnished apartment near downtown and the use of a large studio for 11 weeks as well as an opportunity to exhibit their work in the gallery at the end of their stay. The residency is designed to provide the artist an inspiring and supportive environment for individual and /or collaborative new work.
The Space Invader Artist in Residence Program is intended to foster artistic development and support arts education in the Crossroads Arts District of downtown Kansas City.