Museum MACAN Organizes the “Arisan Karya” Initiative to Help Fund Local Artists

Arisan” is an Indonesian term that refers to (usually) monthly social gatherings by neighbors where every participant would contribute an agreed amount of money, which would be collected and raffled at the end. Inspired by this element of contemporary Indonesian culture, Museum MACAN is collaborating with Komunitas Salihari to organize an initiative to provide funds to artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, dubbed “Arisan Karya.” 

Melati Suryodarmo – Kleidungsaffe (2006) in the exhibition of ‘Melati Suryodarmo: Why Let the Chicken Run?’ at Museum MACAN, February 2020. The Museum, in collaboration with Komunitas Salihara, organized a clothing drive to create this work.

The Arisan Karya art raffle will be organized in three rounds starting on May 20 through 28 on, with subsequent rounds held in June and July. Museum MACAN has already started reaching out to its networks of artist across the nation to submit paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and other works.

The museum is also calling on the public to support the initiative by purchasing a ticket at IDR 1 million (equivalent to USD65), which will later be raffled via Instagram Live at @museummacan and @shopatmacan_id. For each ticket sold, the buyer will receive an artwork. However, the buyer won’t know which piece they will receive until it is revealed through the raffle, making it a a rare chance to acquire a work by a leading Indonesian artist or an up-and-coming, yet-to-be discovered star.

Artists (or charities of their choice) will later receive 70 percent of collected funds. They can use these to stay connected to their audience through online resources, including workshop tutorials or talks via Museum MACAN’s digital platforms. The artists who have pledged their support for Arisan Karya include, among others, Tisna Sanjaya, Saleh Husein, Agus Suwage, Ika Vantiani as well as Melati Suryodarmo whose “Why Let the Chicken Run?” exhibition is currently on display.

In addition, the museum will also be providing practical training for art managers in various cities across Indonesia. This will cover everything from business development, art handling and professional communication.