The Free Art Society
Make art be Free.
The Free Art Society is an East Village based arts organization that explores the degree to which art in public spaces can transform the community that owns it. Through large-scale multimedia art projects we help the public to reach their full artistic and expressive potential. It is our mission to propose that making art is a common human impulse and essential to building communities based on the principles of freedom, beauty and understanding.
The Massive Mad Hatter Tea Party
The annual Massive Mad Hatter Tea party in Tompkins Square Park erases the lines between spectator and performer by inviting unsuspecting passers-by to don a hat and jump down the rabbit hole, becoming a character in Wonderland.
The event has had live music from bands such as Raya Brass Band, Amor Obscur, The Saxaphone Army and Yula and the Extended Family. Recurring characters include Bob Holman founder of the Bowery Poetry Club, Fritz Donnely of Hi Christina and Sierra Carrere.
The Massive Mad Hatter Tea Party is made possible by Two Boots, The Lower East Side Girls Club, Rooftop films, and Sustainable NYC.
Universal Heart opening
An event celebrating the opening of The Free Art Society’s L.E.S. Pop-up space, Universal Heart brought together artists from all over NYC resulting in a collaboration of spectacular diversity. Audience members participated in a live painting jam to the sound of music by Astro Club Blond and Egemen Sanli. There was visual art from over 30 artists in addition to performance art by Baby Skin Glove, Liliana Velasquez, Eija Ranta and Katie-O. Aric Gutnick lit up the night with fire performance while spectators took a spin on our mini carousel.
Free Art Society projects are the result of contributions from the minds and hands all kinds of people. We invite you to be a part of our upcoming events and endeavors. Bring your Excitement, your experience, creativity and passion and become part of the Free Art Society.
Make Art. Be Free.
Make Art. Be Free.