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About Big Picture

Big Picture Initiative’s mission is to build a thriving and vibrant community for all by using arts and creativity as a driver for social change, economic development, and wellness. We do this by providing arts-based solutions, promoting and supporting artists and arts initiatives, and advancing arts education.

Moved by our deep conviction of the economic, social, and cultural value of the arts, Big Picture Initiative envisions a community where: The arts are recognized as essential to the success and sustainability of our collective future;
·       Artists have the support, opportunity, and financial security to thrive;
·       The arts are prioritized in local and state decision-making;
·       People feel a sense of belonging, connection, and community pride; and
·       Every person, no matter their age, ability, or background can participate in and find expression through the arts.

2021 Annual Report

2021 brought growth in all areas of the Big Picture Initiative. See the new developments in our annual report linked below.

2020 Annual Report

2020 brought challenging times, but the Big Picture Initiative was able to find new and empowering ways to help brighten the community! See the full report linked below.

2019 Annual Report

2019 was a busy year for the Big Picture Initiative! Our annual street festival was a collaborative effort to bring the community together. See all that we accomplished in our annual report linked below.

Passionate Creators Driving Change.

Discover Our Partners

Giving Voice Community Magazine


Our Latest Projects

Our media archive holds extra snapshots into all that the Big Picture Initiative is working on.

Want to Collaborate?

We are looking for more collaborative artists, performance artists, musicians, community leaders, and businesses. Contact us if you want to get involved with one of these ideas or if you have an idea for a collaborative public arts project.