Art Lover's Place
Enhances People's Lives by Inspiring, Encouraging and Nurturing their Creative Spirit.
Art Lovers Place, Inc. (a FL Not for Profit, 501c3 Tax Exempt Organization) will provide the opportunity for fine and aspiring artist Seniors, Disabled and Veterans to create and thrive in community. They offer classes, workshops and host special-events for all.
THE STORY: In 1998, Mickey Krause, Art Lover's Place Founder and Executive Director, Resident Artist and Board Member, was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension caused by a hole in her heart when she was born that was not discovered until she was 26. She has had two open-heart surgeries to repair it, but still lives with high pressure in her Pulmonary Arteries that causes shortness of breath, fatigue, and an enlarged heart. It is expected that she will ultimately go into Congestive Heart Failure.
Shortly after moving to Florida in 1999, Mickey went on disability. When she turned 50 in 2001, she started pursuing art… And it has made a big difference her life.
"My involvement in the art community has allowed me to give back in a small way," says Mickey. "Now I want to extend that same opportunity to others."
When she discovered the Art Lovers Place building in 2014, she envisioned an art center geared toward others, like her (seniors and/or disabled, veterans),who would benefit from the therapeutic aspects that art can provide when dealing with stress, difficulties and even PTSD.
The building, located in the heart of Clearwater-Largo Redevelopment District, was abused, dilapidated and neglected but Mickey saw it as a blank canvas and a way to give back to the community. The building's exterior and interior renovation complete. WE ARE OPEN!
"The country is so wounded, bleeding, and hurt right now. The country needs to be healed—it's not going to be healed from the top, politically. How are we going to heal? Art is the healing force." ~ Robert Redford, National Arts Policy Roundtable 2012
We're reaching out to friends, family, fellow artists and the community. With your support, we can operate a space and create a community that enhances the lives of those in it by inspiring, encouraging and nurturing the creative spirit in each of us.
With your support, we'll create something beautiful. Please consider a tax-deductible gift today.
"At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity." ~ Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
The ALP is reaching towards a peak level performance - re: fine works while helping to beautify the Clearwater Largo development corridor, and more!
An Excellent Artists' Enclave!
This project will be a wonderful addition to the community.