SALON NOUVEAU MISSION STATEMENT

TAKING CUES FROM THE PAST TO CREATE THE FUTURE
Beginning as early as the 17th Century in Europe and flourishing in France during the Enlightenment period, the salon has a rich societal history.   These gatherings, which have taken the form of visual art shows, literary clubs, discussion circles, and parties for thinkers, are said to have created “an independent cultural realm, free from religious dogma and political censorship.”1  Bringing together philosophers, literary lions, political thinkers, and visual artists, these early events existed “partly [for people] to amuse one another and partly to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation and readings, often consciously following Horace’s definition of the aims of poetry, to please and educate.”2

A GRASSROOTS APPROACH
We believe that the Boston of the moment is ripe for an event created by artists for artists. Allowing a group of creatively-minded people to build a community that gathers regularly seems to benefit all those involved and the creative population in general.  Salon Nouveau seeks to approach the arts from a grassroots level, recognizing the value of a completely new, locally-focused, for-us-by-us artistic endeavor.

NOURISHING EACH OTHER
It seems only natural that the diverse facets of the creative community should coexist within a single environment.   Recognizing the ways in which various types of artists and different forms of creative expression are able to nourish one another, Salon Nouveau aims to include art and artists from all areas of the creative realm.  It is our hope that the creators of visual work, music, performance, and literature--when brought together on a regular basis--might inspire one another, ideally forming lasting creative connections.

A PARTY WITH A PURPOSE
Salon Nouveau aims to be a “productive party,” a forum where socialization and revelry intersect with networking and productivity.  It is our belief that the exchange of ideas and the sharing of creative work and work-in-progress can flourish in a relaxed, social environment.  We feel strongly about gathering people who have common interests (and are uncommonly interesting) in artist-friendly spaces with great music, food and drink, and creative work of various media to channel the event’s focus.

BE A PART OF IT
Salon Nouveau is a young venture and is being formed and defined more and more with each of its early installments.  It is our participants—the artists and supporters who attend and contribute—who determine its course and its character.  The invitation to Salon Nouveau extends to all those who are interested in being a part of it—including non-artists, collectors, creative thinkers, art enthusiasts and supporters.  Anyone with an open mind is welcome with open arms.  Join us at an upcoming event and help to shape Salon Nouveau.


1 McKay, John P., Hill, Bennet D., and Buckler, John A History of Western Society. 6th ed., Boston, (Houghton-Mifflin) 1999, p.614
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