The following does not describe one kind of artist; rather, it paints a larger picture of the many aspects of different Leeway artists.
An artist who helps us see art in its broadest manifestation.
An artist who owns their practice and knows what and how they want to engage; art that is expressed as clean, clear and confident.
Wherever they are in their practice, there is passion and a sense of digging deeply into the work as an exploration.
Thoughtful or Insightful
The work comes out of some kind of analysis and provides some articulation (verbal or visual) of that analysis.
There is a clear intention and the artist has the ability to translate that intention through the work.
The work can challenge audiences or create a sense of tension; the impact is rooted in challenging norms, perceptions, and the status quo (e.g., issues of race, class, gender).
They are part of a community or in the broader sense they are connected to something other (larger) than themselves.
Underserved, Under-acknowledged, and/or Under-engaged
These are the practitioners who have not traditionally received support (e.g., folks of color, immigrants, poor folks), or they have made/are making a significant contribution to a field that has not been fully recognized, or they do not fit the traditional definitions of artist and/or activist but are clearly using an “art form” and working in a creative way to have significant impact, or they are identified or perceived as “outsiders” (e.g., not engaged in the formal or mainstream societal structures).
Artists who may not be originally of the community they are working in but share a genuine connection to the culture and the work, and/or artists who serve as ambassadors in other communities as a way to build alliances within larger movements.