iSpyArt 2.0: ArtsWave’s Popular App updates with More Sharing Features

CINCINNATI (September 30, 2011) – ArtsWave announced the release of an updated version of its innovative iSpyArt App, with new features for viewing the virtual gallery and sharing with Facebook and Twitter. iSpyArt gives people all over the world the chance to share the art they find in unusual and surprising places—as well as the more likely venues.

Alan Brown, one of the nation’s foremost experts on arts engagement, cited iSpyArt as a cutting-edge response to the growing public desire for personal art-making and rapidly increasing use of digital platforms for arts engagement. “iSpyArt is an incredibly creative way to reach active cultural participants. These community residents place tremendous importance on the value of the arts, and they are are very involved in civic activities,” said Brown.

iSpyArt is already a hit with smart phone users. Appolicious - a national site featuring new and creative apps - highlighted the initial streamlined release, as did numerous other online app reviewers. CityBeat named iSpyArt Best Arts App, saying that it’s a “fun way... to engage the public in the arts” and the app is one of 10 featured case studies in a forthcoming paper on active arts participation commissioned by The James Irvine Foundation.

Every month, ArtsWave commissions a new show with a theme for sharing the art all around us - art that connects our community and makes neighborhoods exciting. To celebrate the launch, ArtsWave has announced a new virtual installation and is calling for submissions that represent pARTy Art!

All photos are placed in the ArtsWave virtual gallery, which can be viewed from the app or on the ArtsWave website - www.theartswave.org/ispyart.  Hundreds of photos from all over the world are already “hanging” in the online showcase.

To celebrate the new features, beginning October 4, Tuesdays at noon on the city’s downtown public square will now be the iSpyArt Lunch Break when the giant Video Board will show selected photos from the iSpyArt galleries.

The new version of iSpyArt offers more sharing opportunities too. Visitors can now use Facebook and Twitter directly from the app gallery, as well as online via the ArtsWave website.

iSpyArt’s easy and intuitive interface makes uploading photos simple. Once a citizen artist submits a masterpiece via the ArtsWave App or the web-based uploader, it will be available in the gallery for viewing online within a short time at: http://www.TheArtsWave.org/ispyart.

iSpyArt is in the App Store today. Find it here or by searching for ArtsWave. Everyone can also upload photos directly via the internet: http://www.TheArtsWave.org/ispyart/web. An Android app will follow shortly.

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About ArtsWave:

ArtsWave helps create the kind of thriving arts environment that makes the Cincinnati region a better place to live, work, play, and stay. We support and collaborate with arts organizations large and small throughout the area. Music, dance, theatre, galleries, museums, art centers, festivals, and more create communitywide benefits for everyone here. The arts create benefits like attractive, lively neighborhoods and a population that comes together to share ideas and experiences.

iSpyArt’s easy and intuitive interface makes uploading photos simple. Once a citizen artist submits a masterpiece via the ArtsWave App or the web-based uploader, it will be available in the gallery for viewing online within a short time at: http://www.TheArtsWave.org/ispyart.
 
iSpyArt is in the App Store today. Find it here or by searching for ArtsWave. Everyone can also upload photos directly via the internet: http://www.TheArtsWave.org/ispyart/web. An Android app will follow shortly.
 
 
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About ArtsWave:
ArtsWave helps create the kind of thriving arts environment that makes the Cincinnati region a better place to live, work, play, and stay. We support and collaborate with arts organizations large and small throughout the area. Music, dance, theatre, galleries, museums, art centers, festivals, and more create communitywide benefits for everyone here. The arts create benefits like attractive, lively neighborhoods and a population that comes together to share ideas and experiences.