Visionary Art Museum

American Visionary Art Museum, is located in Baltimore, MD. (One of my favorite parts of the country.) In their own words:

"Visionary art as defined for the purposes of the American Visionary Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself."
In short, visionary art begins by listening to the inner voices of the soul, and often may not even be thought of as 'art' by its creator.

Exhibitions have included themes such as: We are Not Alone: Angels and Other Aliens, and HolyH20: Fluid Universe, and Race Class, Gender \Character:
"Throughout history, visionaries have dreamed of a world where their characters are not judged, their creative potential is not limited, or their livelihoods are not proscribed by factors of race, gender, or economic circumstance."
Its hard to even imagine how cool this place really is. Since we are accustomed to "high art" concepts, rather than visionary art, its difficult to imagine all of what they might be talking about. Think the Procession of the Species, or that guy in Centralia who's yard is decorated with all that metal stuff. Included at the AVM are things like art cars, their annual "BraBall" event, and a place for ridiculously gigantic sculptures. I highly recommend visiting their website, and if you can swing it, the museum itself.
It is unpretentious, wildly creative, revolutionary, absurd, spiritual madness.
Do you have a guess as to where I am going next with this? That's right... Olympia needs a visionary arts museum! We have millions of artists, many untapped. We already have a start with the Procession of the Species. We just need a building, a curator, and about ten more projects to sustain it.


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