The King’s Canvas is a non-profit studio/gallery in west Montgomery, Alabama, with a focus on providing a creative space and resources for underexposed and under resourced artists in the community, and was founded by Kevin King.
While downtown Montgomery Alabama is exploding with art activity and an abundance of resources, evidence has shown that several artists, (particularly in west Montgomery and other areas on the margin of the city) lack formal networks, access to tools, and affordable spaces to freely create as well as display their work. Furthermore, many of these artists have not received the formal entrepreneurial training, life skill development training, affordable studio rentals, and exhibition space needed to thrive in their talents. The King’s Canvas will provide artists on the west side and other areas on the margins of the the city with comparable resources so they too can thrive from their talents. Creative Placemaking strategies will position The King’s Canvas to cultivate economic development in West Montgomery, which will have positive outcomes in the health and public safety of the community.
The King’s Canvas is a first step in preparation of connecting the community with more opportunities in the broader art community in Montgomery. Connectivity in our city, state, nation and the world is what is needed to propel their work or their brand.