We've been waiting for this. Well, at least I have. The day when MMJ and its abundant resources will meet the arts community, a traditionally cash-strapped bunch. Lo and behold, it's happening in California, as reported Monday by the New York Times.
Writer Randy Kennedy introduces readers to Life Is Art, a Santa Rosa art foundation that takes the proceeds from its medical marijuana sales and spends it on art grants and projects.
Late this month, with some help from the sale of its first small crop, grown under California’s liberal medical marijuana laws, the group plans to present an inaugural exhibition on its land, of sculpture and installation work by more than 20 visiting artists — some of whom will have helped bring in the harvest. The foundation’s hope is that income from succeeding crops will fully support such projects, in perpetuity, creating a kind of Marfa-meets-ganja art retreat north of San Francisco and a new economic engine for art philanthropy.