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Art Heals: Kiosks Installed and a Community Engages

the project

We love playing with other artists. With Tiny Galleries, we bring artist-curated, hyper-local art into our neighborhoods. The game is to make and exchange art with other artists. We hope our neighbors will enjoy seeing each other's work, and be inspired to make and share some art of their own creation!

We're looking forward to seeing and celebrating many different themes, styles, and media. Our biggest reward would be to spark a conversation in local print and broadcast media about the value of art within a community, elevating the role of artists as change-makers and community leaders.

the steps

We've refined our vision so we can easily work with various agencies and stakeholders. While there are always surprises, we don't anticipate any big roadblocks to building and installing a few of these kiosks.

  • December 2019 to January 2020: Work with our Economic Development and Community Leaders to identify a few key locations to host Tiny Galleries. Are these libraries? Tattoo Parlors? Public parks? Two locations have been proposed so far and we're hoping to hear of more as we conduct our community engagement efforts.
  • February 2020 to March 2020: Fabricate Tiny Gallery kiosks and develop our social, print, and broadcast media outreach. Secure any necessary permits and event insurance.
  • March 2020 to June 2020: Install Tiny Gallery kiosks, have launch parties, and start exchanging art!

why we're doing it

We've developed Tiny Galleries to bring art into more lives. Like the folks behind Art-o-mat and Tiny Libraries, we believe in the power of art and sharing. What will happen when our neighbors discover California's billion-dollar art industry? What will happen as they make art which reflects their concerns, their loves, their hopes, and share these works with each other? It's our dearest desire to start conversations among friends and neighbors as we explore the themes that divide and unite our communities.

​Tiny Galleries are made possible, in part, with funds from Creative Sonoma along with support from the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.

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Disbursed Budget:

Three Tiny Galleries - $4500
Three sets of initial art purchases - $1500
Permits, fees, marketing - $1500
Upgrades to Tiny Galleries: solar lights, aluminum skins, shatter proof
polycarbonate cabinet doors - $2586.84

TOTAL RAISED = $11,002.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $550.10
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $330.06

Updated budget (2/28/20):

  • Three (3) Tiny Gallery kiosks - $4500
  • Initial round of art - $1500
    (up to 10 artpieces)
  • Permits, fees, marketing - $1500

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $410
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $246


Original budget:

Each Tiny Gallery Art Exchange is a locking kiosk, about the size of a vending machine, with a big window to view the art within.   

  • Two (2) Tiny Gallery kiosks - $3000
  • Initial round of art - $1000
    (up to 10 artpieces)
  • Permits, fees, marketing - $1000

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $274
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $164


Art Heals: Kiosks Installed and a Community Engages

An artist stands near a Tiny Gallery

“Participating in the Art exchange through Tiny Galleries was a way to feel connected at a moment when I felt very isolated from my community." - a contributing Tiny Gallery Artist

Tiny Galleries are going up around town, and people love them! While there are still some wrinkles to smooth in terms of the user experience, artists and the viewing public alike love this new way of connecting with each other. The businesses downtown seem to apprecaite the extra foot traffic, too!

As we emerge from the pandemic

We're listening to unfamiliar perspectives and uncomfortable topics as we all adapt to life after Shelter-in-Place and take on the next necessary steps of dismantling institutional, structural inequality. The project has been interrupted by supply chain issues. The most crucial element, the polycarbonate window material, is unavailable until July or August, as available supplies are diverted to sneezeguards. 

We're very hopeful that we'll be able to install our galleries before the summer is over. We feel art is an important tool for expression, healing, and understanding, and hope that our communities will use their kiosks to promote better relationships within and among our neigborhoods.

Art Exchange in the Time of Covid 19

We're building the kiosks, but also practicing physical distancing. Our mini-game is to exchange postcard art! We're gathering a small inventory of postcards and then we'll be swapping those through the mail!

Tiny Galleries Postcard Swap

Super Success!

Thank you everyone for your generosity and your commitment to bringing artists and art into our neighborhoods' everyday experience. This is going to be great. :)

Success! And Reach Goal

Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us get this far. We're entering uncharted territory now: a reach goal! With funding up to our new goal we'll be able to build one more Tiny Gallery! 

Halfway to our goal!

Thank you for helping us get closer to our goal of building more Tiny Galleries. With current funding we'll be able to build two and we'll also be able to support a robust outreach program to entice more artists to participate. When we meet our goal we'll have to face the decision of where to put a third, and if we blow past our goal we could have a fourth to install somewhere!

If you've already donated, thank you so much. The folks at Ioby are extremely committed to supporting lots of small actions; their favorite projects have hundred of donors each donating a little bit. I love this idea, because community is built by small actions. So I have a favor to ask:

Will you let a few of your friends know why you donated, and ask them to contribute as well? I can't reach as many people as you can. If dozens of people get involved, the project's power to shape and grow our community increases exponentially. I'd like to see that happen.


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