The concept for Art Cantina emerged after the founders met at a benefit art auction in their home state of Colorado. Ewing and Bogusz discovered a shared love for art, as well as a shared frustration that art classes weren’t particularly easy to find—for adults or kids. They were hard-pressed to find a comprehensive database of art teachers and lessons online, Ewing recalled, “so we decided to try creating one ourselves.”
They began by reaching out to local painters and sculptors in Colorado who they knew offered lessons. These artists became the first “art education providers” to list their services on Art Cantina. But Ewing and Bogusz wanted to facilitate connections beyond the Colorado art community, too.
The process of expanding the network of teachers, however, has been slow. A search for options in some states and countries yields little or no listings. When looking for art instruction in Ohio, for instance, only three teachers come up; and, as of yet, no instructors based in Alabama or Minnesota are listed.
It’s still early days for Art Cantina, and according to Ewing, the site’s main goal for 2018 is to expand its directory of educators, broadening both its geographic reach and breadth of disciplines offered.