SPARC was born in a time of change – the 1970s. It has, since its inception, been a catalyst for social change through the arts and a home for artistic innovation. Being a catalyst has often meant handling the many currents that flow through historical events at the moment they are occurring and working outside of typical art venues in the places where people live and work.
SPARC is a facilitator – finding ways to tell richly textured stories that help community participants and artists achieve a measure of change and transformation. SPARC endeavors to communicate to the larger public – the means of communication may take many forms, from built architectural monuments, to murals or to new technological spaces such as the Internet. As with many organizations that articulate new visions and push the edges of content and aesthetics, SPARC is determined to be sustainable and relevant to the time we are living.
The ideas we propagated have gained credibility over the years:
- That art was for everyone regardless of their status in society
- That the distinctions between high and low art, fine art and folk art were false
- That innovation is important only while nurturing the significant traditions in which various ethnic groups preserve their cultures
- That art should not dwell only in rarefied halls but in the places where people live and work
- That the process not only the product, is the measure of the value of an art work
- That all Americans could be participants in the making of art and that collaborations work
- And last… That the arts can have significant transformative impact on the most significant social problems of our time