Our story begins not with great sea gods or thunder battles in the clouds, but with 6 people in a living room in the Jenifer Street neighborhood of Madison. Community Unity is term thought up by artist Joel Pfeiffer and presented to a small group of excited collaborators in February of 2017. Joel shared his historical Clay Stomp projects and his new concept of Seed Peace, and encouraged his audience to follow their inspiration and organize a clay stomp of their own. Community Unity's ART in the PARK events were intended initially as a trial run, but CUA's founders quickly realized that the possibilities and opportunities for some sort of public art collective in Madison were varied and endless. CUA has since developed organically as we began partnering with various organizations, and continues to grow each and every day!
SO WHAT IS COMMUNITY UNITY, ANYWAY?
We are an art collective and (soon-to-be) non-profit organization that hosts free, public events in Madison and the surrounding areas. We work with our community to help bring various visions to light, and focus on outreach to encourage diverse participation within the communities we serve.
Community Unity Arts operates with the philosophy that we are all artists. Sometimes it just takes an available opportunity or some encouragement to explore our individual artistic expressions. We believe that through the lens of creation and expression, we are able to see ourselves simply and fully, and to regard the humanity in others, no matter how different or unfamiliar.
Our core values are based on the concepts of creation, Ubuntu, and love. Through the process of creation, we open our mind to see the world in terms of possibility and beauty. In experiencing the innate love we have for our fellow man, we can break down barriers and unite. It is the idea of Ubuntu that we exist together and are interdependent. When energy begins to flow between these three principles, we experience the magic of being alive and the unexpected gifts that come with it. This shared experience builds strong relationships and community, and these connections help us to see the world in new and dynamic ways, in a realm of what is possible.
GREAT! HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
We would love for you to join our mission! There are many ways to get involved with CUA. Of course, the most exciting way is to attend one (or all!) of our events! CLICK HERE for our list of upcoming events, or JOIN THE ART CLUB to receive our monthly newsletter and event reminders. If you have a vision for an event or community project, submit it to our SUGGESTION BOX. If you are an individual within the community, you can DONATE HERE. If you are a business or organization interested in partnering with or sponsoring CUA, CLICK HERE!
COME CREATE WITH US!