The ÀNI Art Academies was recently featured with Slojourn Studios. More than simply a purpose-driven marketing & representation studio, Slojourn features a team of storytellers and campaigners who elevate brands with vibe. Slojourn contributor Annie Kelly writes, “ÀNI Art Academies currently has six schools worldwide, two in the United States in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and four that are situated just minutes from ÀNI’s private resorts in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Anguilla, and the Dominican Republic. While many luxury hospitality brands establish outreach programs to support the communities in which they operate, ÀNI Private Resorts was founded at the same time as ÀNI Art Academies to support and grow the art organization and help uplift the local communities of some of the world’s most beautiful natural destinations...
Over a four-year period, apprentices are encouraged to develop their own creative voice and go beyond the rudiments of just being able to draw a good picture. They take the subject or the visual format and push it to a different level by evolving it, perhaps narratively or historically. Each artist decides what kind of story they want to tell, and each is mentored individually by the Academy’s Dean.
“When students of ÀNI Art Academies graduate, the goal is for them to have a full toolbox of skills. From photorealism to abstract painting, they can paint anything, as their artistic development has been supported through learning,” Tim said.
When Tim started this initiative, he felt that placing some of the strongest artistic training into the hands of emerging artists around the world would give rise to a generation of creatives capable of contributing exciting new ideas, sharing robust cultures, and pioneering new means of connection and communication through expression on a scale previously unseen. Over the past decade, this vision has come to impressive fruition.
“The success of ÀNI Art Academies is not measured by revenues; rather, it is and will continue to be measured by how many people this program has touched,” Tim explained.”