The Free Art Society is an East Village based international arts organization that explores the degree to which art in public spaces can transform the community that owns it. Through large-scale multimedia art projects we help the public to reach their full artistic and expressive potential. It is our mission to propose that making art is a common human impulse and essential to building communities based on the principles of freedom, beauty and understanding.
How Can I Help?
The Free Art Society is seeking like-minded people who share our value of making art accessible to everyone. We are currently in pre-production on numerous projects that are in need of funding. If you believe that art is intrinsic to building the kind of world you want to live in, please contact us for further information. All financial contributions are tax-deductible and help to make our common vision happen.
Nicolina Johnson, Director
Nicolina maintains a home-base in New York City’s East Village and travels often, spreading her art around the world. She specializes in guerrilla street art, vibrant murals, collaborative painting projects and interactive performance-art spectacles. Hearts of the World, her ongoing international art project, brings art to underprivileged children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to express themselves creatively. She is a artist in residence at the L.E.S Girls Club of Manhattan and also the founder of the Free Art Society, an East Village based arts organization in New York City that explores the degree to which art in public spaces can transform the community that owns it.
Perola Bonfanti, Co-Director
Pérola Bonfanti, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, creates projects around the world that bring art to public spaces and connects the community. She specializes in murals, installations, urban interventions and multi-media collaborations. She is working on developing experiments involving technology, virtual and extended reality along with relational aesthetics. Pérola is currently collaborating with the L.E.S Girls Club of Manhattan, has served as assistant professor in the E.A.V – Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage in Brazil and is the co-director of the open international collective, The Free Art Society.
Dan Bratman, Project Manager
Dan Bratman is project manager of The Free Art Society as well as a writer, filmmaker and publicist. He currently appears on the masthead of numerous magazines from Qatar to Mexico and has fiction and poetry published around the world. He has graffittied in Rio de Janiero, bought paint at gunpoint in Haiti, trained Olympic level horses in Canada, was hired as a cowboy in Wyoming and interviewed transgender HIV survivors in New York City. Recently, Dan has parlayed his wide experiences into project management and making documentaries for the Free Art Society. He currently lives, writes and rides in Brooklyn, NY
Walker strives to use his talents as an artist to engender in our society a love and practice of our innate creative gifts; both as a way of gaining respect for ourselves as unique individuals, as well as recognizing our roles as integral parts of the greater culture.
Zorrilla Monsoon, Head of Creative Technology
Zorrilla Monsoon, a freelance graphic designer, singer, and chronic idealist, is constantly in the act of making something beautifully functional. He has done work for Allure, Jaguar, Heineken, Charles Schwab and more. From illustration, graphics, video editing, web design, coding and web development, Zorrilla, laptop in hand, is a one-man production company. A native New Yorker, he continues to reside in the Burroughs, casting his magic to those lucky enough to find time on his schedule.