Friday, April 3, 2009

Art Resources Transfer

I just came across this great organization that truly believes in preserving and promoting artist's voices. It's called Art Resources Transfer and below is more information.

Art Resources Transfer, Inc., founded by Bill Bartman in 1987, is a non-profit organization committed to documenting and supporting artists' voices and work, and to making these voices accessible to the broadest possible public by establishing innovative methods of distribution and access.

Since its founding, Art Resources Transfer has maintained two interconnected, program areas: publishing (A.R.T. Press), and the free distribution of books to underserved communities (DUC Program).

A.R.T. Press primarily publishes books based on artist to artist conversations. The conversation format permits a thorough and at the same time informal investigation of the artists’ practice and the larger social issues that inform it. By virtue of their clarity, personal focus, affordability, and innovative method of distribution, these books make possible the presentation of contemporary artists and their work to a wide readership.

The D.U.C. Program distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city libraries, schools and alternative reading centers nationwide. The program aims to actively further a more egalitarian access to contemporary art, and is committed to fostering partnerships between publishers, non-profit organizations, librarians and readers to enrich and diversify library collections. The D.U.C program offers well over 490 titles by 90 different publishers. The program reaches readers in all 50 states and has placed well over 200,000 free books in public libraries, schools, and alternative pedagogical venues.

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