I like it when institutions take art out of the intimidating space of the museum and gallery and put it in high-traffic areas for everyday people to see. Not only does it make a space more beautiful, it allows people to see how talented Filipino artists are. It makes my heart swell with pride when I hear record-breaking visits to Art in the Park and Art Fair Philippines.
SM is joining the movement to bring art to everyone with Art For Everyone, a week-long exhibit across 23 SM Malls to showcase the talent of local artists. I got to visit the exhibit in SM Aura, where they featured works curated by the Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS), a non-profit aimed to promote children’s literacy, explore national identity, and deepen public appreciation for Philippine art, culture, and the environment.
This year’s theme was Looking for Juan: The Filipino Dreamer.
Here are some of my favorite works:
Pagpupugay Kay Andres by Neil A. Manalo, Maestro Rizal by Neil A. Manalo, and Eclipse by Karen Flores
BAK(w)IT? by Archie Oclos
Katiwala 24/7 by Plet Bolipata and Senses by Farley del Rosario
Ang Patuloy na Pag-usad ng Lipunang May Sayad by Sangviaje
Itim na Poon by Angelo Magno and Manila Kristos by Auggie Fontanilla
Art for Everyone ran from August 27 to September 2 at the Upper Ground Floor of the SM Aura Atrium, but you can catch it again next year!