Hidden River™Arts is committed to the “Outsider Artist,” living up to our name in the ongoing search for "hidden" creative talent that exists outside of the expected places: those creative people developing their craft and finding their voices outside of the MFA programs, those independent writers' or artists’ groups not affiliated with a university or any funding institution. Of course, there are also artists who, while affiliated in those ways, are "outsiders" to the prevailing or popular methodologies.
We will search for the writers who are finishing their novels while working as Emergency Room nurses, sculptors working as steam-fitters, song-writing dairy farmers or choreographer cowboys. We want the creative talent that is grown, nurtured, and matured in the kiln of real life experience. It is our belief that many, many talented people go unheard because they labor in obscurity or isolation, working with little or no support for the practice of their art.
Since we believe that college campuses should not be seen as the sole training ground for creative talent and skill, Hidden River Arts will always strive to reach out and encourage those more far-flung voices, to aid and support them in their efforts to be heard. Does this mean we are excluding MFA artists, or arts faculty? Of course not! Our goal is to be inclusive, not exclusionary - so everyone is welcome!
Another of Hidden River Arts' objectives is to offer support and guidance in the form of arts education through outreach and workshop programs for all ages groups. Through our education program, we hope to provide support in all disciplines of the arts. We offer a variety of workshops, tutorials, on-line teaching or manuscript review, residencies and classes which address the needs of all those aspiring creative writers among us, ages 5 to adult, who want to learn more about the art of creative writing.
We offer private classes, workshops and programs in a variety of venues including private, public and parochial schools, homeschool populations, Veteran's hospitals, retirement homes, clubs (or communes!). We are happy to work with individuals or groups with special needs, and are always willing to work with adapted processes, needs for technical support and differentiated instruction.
Through Hidden River Live, we offer readings, live music and art exhibits in spaces throughout Philadelphia.
Our independent small press, Hidden River Publishing, has several imprints. We stand proudly within the small press community, the valiant independent publishers who are keeping high quality literature alive.
We are always interested in hearing from artists. Let us know how we can better support you and your creative process. And for those independent arts groups out there: please let us hear from you -- we would love to partner with others who support the independent artist, in every discipline and genre.