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A CRAZY IDEA, PROBABLY

Four friends with a shared passion for social change met for cocktails one spring night. Then a simple question about decorating a new apartment's walls spiraled down a rabbit hole.

Who makes the art from those big box art stores? 
Why were art galleries so scary?
And where were the artists in all of this? 

Underlying all of these questions was the fundamental idea that art should be for everyone - but it's not. The confusing marketplace and expensive cost are intimidating. All the while, emerging artists struggle to make a living.

There had to be a better way.

Four co-founders at goARTful's Beta Launch event in August of 2017.

YEP, DEFINITELY CRAZY

We're an alternative to bland, mass-produced art that doesn't support the artists who made it.

We do the work of finding talented local emerging artists and high-quality pieces. Art should be fun, that's why the goARTful model is all about risk-free exploration and experimentation.  At the heart of everything we do is our artists: 33% of every membership goes directly to the artists and 3% goes back to the arts.

That's the goARTful story. Now get to know each of us.

Brandolon Barnett

Brandolon has a love for music and the arts that comes from his time as a performer, his love of anime and photography, and graduate research into the importance of the arts for economic development.
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Meghan Ball

Meghan sees extraordinary potential in partnerships for expanding access to the arts. Meghan is a creator, dabbling in data visualization, graphic design, and watercolor painting, but her true love is the fiber crafts, specifically knitting and sewing.
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Messay Derebe

Messay is a passionate believer in the transformative power of the arts having seen their impact on her own life. She has committed her career to expanding access to arts for all.
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Nacho Cerrato

Nacho loves connecting the dots between problem and solution with technology. He's excited to explore how technology can be used to connect art-creators and art-lovers and embraces the chaos involved in these new possibilities.
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