What is Random Gifts of Art?

A Private Lark Goes International

Speaker/storyteller Garret Garrels and artist Tim Holmes collaborate to create a multi-dimensional performance art project based on Random Gifts of Art, a social art movement spreading generosity and connecting people across our world. It all started as a personal means of friendly outreach as Garret traveled around the U.S. and Europe from his home in Helena, Montana. It was a simple idea: to give Tim's original art to random strangers along the way and ask nothing in return. But generosity is contagious!

The success of that simple idea has led to a website, a book, a TV show and a TEDx talk. Then the project morphed into a funny yet poignant live performance. Following a rousing premier, the show headed to Europe for a short tour in spring 2016 and again in 2017 (see Tour Blog). In a world where there's too much fear and we all become too disconnected from each other, perhaps the medicine we need is a spark of generosity. See if you can go any further without being overtaken by a smile.

Prague kids give their art

What, a LIVE show?

Epsiode 2, of our TV show, Tales of Whoa!

Theater Show European Tour

Random Gifts of Art has gone through many iterations, including a live performance of a "philosphical comedy" version of the story. This one-act interactive play premiered in 2015 and then went on European tours in 2016 and 2017. That fall the show appeared in the Last Chance New Play Fest, where we won an award for best original script! One thing led to another and soon we had our own TV show! What fun!!

Check out our TV series, Tales of Whoa!