Bikes are the world’s most fun, accessible way to get around. Posters are the world’s most fun, accessible art form. ARTCRANK™ brings them together.
ARTCRANK stages live events featuring bicycle-inspired posters created by local artists. We began in 2007 with a single show at a bike shop in Minneapolis. We expected 50 people to turn up. We got 500. In 2012, more than 4,000 people attended our Minneapolis Opening Night Party. Last year, more than 30,000 people attended ARTCRANK events in the U.S. and beyond.
Each ARTCRANK show features the work of 30 or more artists who live and work in the host city. Artists create an original poster design about bikes and what cycling means in their lives, and produce a limited edition of signed and numbered copies to show and sell. All posters are made by hand, using printing techniques like screen printing and letterpress. And all posters sell for the same price: $40 in the U.S. and £30 in the UK.
Through our Cause Partner program, we also raise thousands of dollars a year for local, national and international charities.
ARTCRANK uses creativity to change the way people think about bicycles and grow the cycling community.
Bikes, Art and Doing Good.
The best part of our jobs is that we get to travel to some of the country’s (and the world’s) great cities and get to know people who are as head-over-heels in love with cycling and creativity as we are. This is a great privilege, and we channel that same energy into supporting people and groups who are out there doing good.
In every host city, we select a Cause Partner: A local, national or international organization that’s using bicycles to make a difference in communities, help people live better lives, or just make the world a better place. In concert with our sponsors, we use ARTCRANK as a means to help raise money and awareness for these organizations.
Some of the groups we’ve worked with include:
World Bicycle Relief
People For Bikes
International Mountain Biking Association
Springboard for the Arts
Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Bikes To Rwanda
Full Cycle Bike Shop
St. Louis Bicycle Works
Des Moines Bike Collective
The Otesha Project UK