STAGE TUBE: Broadway Legend Brian Stokes Mitchell Joins 'Art Set Free', Encourages Public Art
Broadway legend and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has joined hundreds of artists from around the world to celebrate public art in Art Set Free, an unprecedented global arts showcase that aims to create the world's largest collection of public art over the next year. Acclaimed for presenting hundreds of exciting, world-class cultural experiences for free to hundreds of thousands of people each year worldwide, Arts Brookfield launched Art Set Free in October 2013 to celebrate its 25th anniversary and offer the opportunity for artists of any level anywhere to have their work presented to an international audience on ArtsBrookfield25.com and at Brookfield's premier commercial properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, and Perth.
Brian Stokes Mitchell, who performed in 2009 as part of the River to River Festival at Brookfield's Winter Garden in New York City, recently filmed a message for Art Set Free encouraging artists around the world to "set their art free" with the hashtag #ArtSetFree on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Check it out below!
Since its launch, Art Set Free has collected over 4,000 works of art from over 900 artists worldwide who submitted their sound, visual and performance art on social media with the hashtag #ArtSetFree. The Art Set Free microsite, ArtsBrookfield25.com, is updated in real time and features work from artists in more than 200 cities in 36 countries. Every six weeks, Arts Brookfield selects 10 artists who are featured in a series of Best of Art Set Free video installations presented at select properties. The first digital art installation is currently onsite at Brookfield Place New York. In the coming months, video installations are expected to launch in Los Angeles, Denver, Houston and Toronto.
Other artists who assisted in launching the global Art Set Free showcase include Executive Artistic Director of New York Live Arts and Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones; action architect Elizabeth Streb; and the acclaimed vocal ensemble The Tenors.
To participate in Art Set Free, artists capture their work in a photo, video or audio recording; and then share it on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #artsetfree. Entries are welcome from any genre, including dance/movement, music/sound, painting, sculpture, photography and street art. Arts Brookfield reviews submissions on a rolling basis and curates the best pieces for display at select Brookfield buildings around the world and on ArtsBrookfield25.com, potentially reaching an audience of millions.