BreakfastTable with Jessica Stafford Davis
ArtTable Members were joined by Jessica Stafford Davis, the founder of Agora Culture LLC, for a casual breakfast. Jessica talked about growing up with limited access to the arts. Her exposure to the arts was mainly on field trips where she was not seeing work that reflected her experience. Realizing that her best fit was working with people who did not understand the legacy of master artists, Agora Culture was born.
Founded to help navigate unfamiliar spaces in the arts, Agora Culture was launched in 2013. Its focus was originally to create a marketplace to buy art. It has since expanded to focus on building a community around appreciating art and connecting with the arts. Jessica holds salons in her home and creates an environment of trust, comfort and learning about artists, with the opportunity to ask questions. She addresses tactical issues, such as how to start collecting art, that are rarely discussed. The group focuses on engaging living artists, with a separate non-profit arm called Art on the Vine that incorporates a residency program for artists with an exhibition of contemporary artists of color on Martha’s Vineyard. Jessica has created engaging and innovative environments, both online and in person, for potential and current art lovers.