ArtsShare is an innovative online platform that is designed to revolutionize the way we think about the arts, their accessibility and role in the everyday lives of people. In summary, ArtsShare permits artists to share their arts in exchange for anything from housing to studio space, performance opportunities, meals, transportation and so much more. At the same time, it also allows people from all walks of life and varying degrees of resources to offer their homes, unused cars, airline miles or other amenities or talents in exchange for artistic products or experiences. Ultimately, ArtsShare will allow the arts to be accessed and become integrated into the lives of people to an unprecedented extent through this groundbreaking platform.
During an age when sharing economy models are being explored worldwide and when the arts are more necessary than, perhaps, ever before, ArtsShare serves as the bridge that connects people through the arts. A young family with a spare room can simply offer temporary housing in exchange for yoga lessons, tutoring in language arts or piano lessons. A retiree can pursue a lifelong dream for voice lessons in exchange for a weekly meal with a recent conservatory graduate. Families can plan an evening of musical theater in their home in exchange for the use of space in their home for weekly rehearsals…examples are simply limitless, from the visual to performing and healing arts, to design, martial arts and far beyond. The possibilities to be realized through ArtsShare are truly only limited by its users.
ArtsShare is an open free exchange of arts-related services and products for anything else of value without any fees or other associated costs. At the core of ArtsShare is the idea of artists trading their work for what they need to not only survive but thrive and succeed, while an everyday person can trade anything they have for a desired artistic product, service or experience, without needing to exchange money. The value inherent in the offerings on ArtsShare lives in the arts themselves and what we are able to provide in exchange for having them in our lives. And for artists themselves, it is a way to sustain their careers and offset the necessary costs otherwise associated with their lifestyles.