by Johnnie Grant –
Asheville native Aja Cobbs has taken her passion for the arts to create an interactive traveling exhibit.
The Art Trap House is a culturally diverse traveling music and fine arts platform that serves as a catalyst for rising artists across the nation. Each exhibition helps to develop rising artists of all genres by giving them the tools necessary to gain exposure, build connections, and learn the importance of reinvesting and flipping their money to make more.
The Art Trap House (T.A.T.H.) began in Charlotte in 2016. Founder Aja Cobbs, an artist herself, realized that many art exhibits were lacking promotion, and the artists came unprepared on many different levels. She also notice the people who attended the shows were not interacting with the artists. So she created and designed The Art Trap House to bridge those gaps and help maximize the exposure of artists and their work
“The Art Trap House is a fun, culturally diverse experience,” she says, describing it as a travelling music and arts festival “where guests can purchase amazing art.” T.A.T.H. caters to all artists, but specializes in the development of African American artists and entrepreneurs. “Its purpose is to showcase the talents of new and seasoned artists, providing an opportunity and passion for the arts, one city at a time.”
“Music, poetry, dance, and art have played a role in African American culture for thousands of years,” she says, both “to help deliver messages and to heal people.” And in her own creative and healing journey she has worked with numerous artistic messengers, including rappers Merc the World from Columbia, SC, Cash Rodgers from Baltimore, MD, Shawn Sky from Virginia, and others.
Aja attended Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, NC, planning to obtain a degree in Fashion Merchandising. She moved to Charlotte, and after quitting her day job in 2016—the same year she had her own first exhibition—she founded The Art Trap House.
Her mission with every show is to give back to the community. T.A.T.H. hosts fundraising events to pay for school supplies or provide food to the less fortunate, teaches children to paint and use art to express their emotions, and through exhibits or special events, addresses social justice issues within the communities.
With the help of friends Aja has taken the traveling interactive exhibit around the country, including Asheville, Charlotte, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Austin, TX (during SXSW), Atlanta, and even New York. This summer’s tour will take Aja to the DIME Detroit (MI) Fashion Show June 1; the New Era Music Fest, June 8; The Plug-Glow Party in Asheville, June 20; and The Art Trap House “Graffiti” at Overspray, on Staten Island, NY, August 3 and 4.
As a fashion designer, painter, exhibition host, and entrepreneur, Aja Cobb is determined to bring attention to her fellow artists as she moves both their work and their reputations to a new level.
The Art Trap (T.aking R.eal A.rt P.laces) House is a diverse, traveling, music and arts festival that serves as a platform and catalyst to rising local stars across the nation. To learn more about The Art Trap House, visit www.TheArtTrapHouse.com or call (843) 780-0739.