Code and Canvas Launches Artist in Residence Program
in San Francisco Bay Area
The New AIR Program breaks down barriers and connects art and tech through co-creation
Nathan Phelps with his work, titled “Nova” at Kenshoo
October 28, 2015 6PM - 9:30PM
Code and Canvas | codeandcanvas.org
151 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110
October 19, 2015, San Francisco, CA--Code and Canvas is pleased to announce the launch of its Artist in Residence program on October 28, 2015. The mission of Code and Canvas is to bring artists and technologists together, in order to foster community and creativity.
The first installment of the Artist in Residence program matched artist Nathan Richard Phelps with Kenshoo, an Israeli headquartered software company that has an office in San Francisco. The successful pilot residency will be celebrated with a launch party at Code and Canvas (151 Potrero Ave) on October 28 at 6pm. Attendees will be able to meet the artist, technologists and organizers that helped put the residency together, while learning more about the program.
The residency was a genuine enhancement for both the artist and Kenshoo employees. Phelps describes his experience working at Kenshoo:
The residency has shown me that art and tech have a lot of shared common ground and the time is ripe to start working together. It was clear from the beginning that both camps want to do interesting and important work. We all want greatness in our lives. It's really just a matter of starting the conversation and then bringing projects to life. For me, the most satisfying part of the residency was taking people from a blank surface to framed pieces on the wall. Seeing people light up and fall in love with the work is amazing.
The positive experience extended to Kenshoo employees as well. US Operations Manager, Orlee Maimon discusses the experience of having an artist onsite:
From the art that adorns our walls to hosting a gallery exploration, the artist in residence program has been a major success for our company. We're thinking and speaking in ways we weren't before--about the importance of creativity and collaboration in the workspace, about our own visual language, and the way art can make a space feel. I don't think any of us expected the level of creativity that has come out of this process and were honored to have been the first participants in this hugely important program.
With a desire to take actionable steps in supporting artists to continue practices necessary to their livelihood in a city with a rising tech population, the idea behind Code and Canvas AIR program was born. Patience Yi, founder of the program, discusses the importance of connecting San Francisco’s arts sector with the new tech industry:
Kenshoo is a company that already believes that there is a natural intersection of art and science that is necessary to create innovative, cutting-edge technology, and its employees are a mix of creative, passionate and hard-working people. We matched Kenshoo up with the artist, Nathan Richard Phelps because he is an advocate for connecting these two worlds, outspoken, positive, fun. Code and Canvas felt that his personality and artistic style would be a solid and powerful partnership with the team at Kenshoo.
By bringing San Francisco’s diverse cultures together in one space, the Code and Canvas AIR program seeks to create an understanding between two different types of creative classes. By placing artists directly amidst technologists and allowing them to have meaningful access to one another, the AIR program facilitates both spontaneous and structured discourse, creating excitement about and participation in the local art scene. Ultimately, the program intends to strengthen the Bay Area arts community and to help break down perceived and real barriers between artists and tech industry workers. The residency will be an open, application-based program. For more information, please visit www.codeandcanvas.orgRead More