ARTXV is the first NFT collective for neurodivergent (autism, ADHD, BPD etc) artists (and coincidently the first collective supporting the disabled community).
- Work to enable neurodivergent artists to get their art recognised and celebrated
- Challenge the outdated, traditional art world which is exclusionary, inaccessible and elitist
- Accelerate the economic independence of marginalised artists globally
- Onboard as many people within the disabled community onto Web3
We provide educational, commercial and community related support and opportunities for these individuals so that they can enter the space safely within a supportive, approachable community.
How it all started
ARTXV started with two sisters, Ava (me) and my older autistic, non-verbal sister Tara, who is an abstract artist. I tried and tried with no success to get her art recognised by the traditional art world, but was met with dismissal instead when they’d find out that she was autistic. It was clear that they weren’t taking disabled and neurodivergent artists seriously and I soon found out that this was an all too common story amongst our collective of artists.
So where could we find a new, forward thinking and creative community to share all these artists’ work? That’s when I was introduced to NFTs.
For our artists: disabled people make up the largest minority in the world(!!!) yet they are so incredibly underrepresented. They are also often economically disadvantaged due to the working world not being accessible to them. However they WANT to work, WANT to contribute to the world and Web3 and have so much capability to do that - they just need the appropriate support and tools. We want to support them in doing this and earning money from their art.
I also truly believe that Web3 will be absolutely massive for the neurodivergent and disabled community. Imagine all those physical and mental inaccessibilities when it comes to accessing venues, being a part of communities and experiencing culture - and imagine having that all at your doorstep with Web3.
For the Web3 community and the wider world: I consider these works of art as hidden gems. Imagine art from someone with different brain function and a completely different perspective of the world. These are works of art that are absolutely incredible and unique and something that the world has been missing out on.
Onboarding these artists is also important for the Web3 community’s efforts in inclusion and diversity. Inclusion isn’t just onboarding women, there is a HUGE community out there of disabled and neurodivergent people who want to be a part of this. I have faith in Web3 that we won’t leave them behind like so many other worlds have.
Solution (and progress)
We want ARTXV and its members to be a loud, bold, proud presence in the space and worldwide. We are challenging these outdated notions that neurodivergent artists can only get by through charity and showing the world that they can have a firm spot in the NFT space as successful artists. We also want to give these artists a voice and platform to show the world what neurodiversity really is and who they are (a rare opportunity for them).
I want to continue onboarding members of the neurodivergent and disabled community and revolutionise the space until it has the same % of them as in the real world (15%), however long that will take.
We have become the first NFT community to partner with Google, with a project coming out in March with Google Arts & Culture for our artists to tell their story. This will coincide with our first drop which has been selected amongst few others to take place on Coinbase’s upcoming NFT platform.
I’m Ava, a computer science student from London, UK. Alongside my studies I juggle being the founder of ARTXV and a sister and carer to Tara (so a grant to expand the team would be of much relief!). Justin Padinske acts as our advisor who is also an advisor at Alchemist Accelerator, and I have recently met Noah Levine, a brilliant autistic student at Stanford who works in marketing for FloydNFT, who I am planning on adding to the team.
Grant request ($)
Amount requested: $10,000
Primary funding needs:
Video editing and promotional material for our Google Arts & Culture project
Marketing and community managers (which I will strive to hire at least 50% neurodivergent people)
Legal and business costs
… for reading and supporting us in whatever capacity. It was always important to me that as my own career progresses, Tara’s is not left behind. I feel lucky to be surrounded by people like her every day and would love for anyone reading to join us and be a part of our community and movement. <3