We're raising money to support the costs of an exhibition exchange between artists of Durham and New Orleans' Level Artist Collective. We've brought together the work of these two communities for a show at The Carrack.
Who we are (in a nutshell): This is a volunteer, artist-run, Durham-based project that began in the fall of 2017 and has since grown to exhibit the work of 35 artists from Durham and New Orleans in an effort to broaden the connections and opportunities of artists who identify strongly with their vibrant and diverse southern homes. Our mission is linked to prioritizing artists who identify as POC, LGBTQ, or who may be underrepresented in their cities.
Why we need your help: We came together and have made things happen fast, without waiting for grants or large donations, and as a result have spent over $1,400 of our own funds to cover the costs of bringing Durham art to NOLA, and then NOLA art to Durham- funds we need to recover and build on to follow through with the exchange. In addition to getting the artwork to and from each city, we need help with reimbursing artists who travel to install the work and participate in community events such as artist talks. Through our website, and with the support of our fiscal sponsor, Liberty Arts, we've received tax-deductible donations of between $5 and $100, which has amounted to just over $700 as of May 16. (In April, we launched this Fundly to offer specific rewards to our patrons- if you donated before then, you too will receive a reward!) We thank our supporters from the bottom of our hearts for helping us make our collective vision a reality. Please join us in keeping this ball rolling!
What we're doing: In February and March, work by 19 Durham artists was exhibited at The Warehouse in NOLA, and in May, work by over 25 artists from both cities of NOLA and Durham will be exhibited at The Carrack for 5 weeks from May 3 to June 2. A typical exhibition at The Carrack runs for 2 weeks, so we have a lot of community events we can host during this time period with your help, including artist talks, panel discussions, dance parties, fashion shows, art sales, workshops, film screenings, etc!
Participating Artists and Creatives:
Ana Berta Hernandez (NOLA)
A Yoni Jeffries
Carl Joe Williams (NOLA)
Cool Boy 36
Erica Danielle Allen
Horton Humble (NOLA)
John Isiah Walton (NOLA)
Rontherin Ratliff (NOLA)
Our mission: We are artists, designers, and community organizers passionate about developing the cultural vibrancy of Durham, NC. With a proven relationship between community revitalization and the arts, our mission is to increase cultural variety in Durham while developing the city, it's reputation and it's artists.
Our initial collaborative project is The Bull Meets the Bayou, where Durham artists had the opportunity to show in New Orleans at The Warehouse, while New Orleans artists gained the opportunity to show here in Durham, at The Carrack.
We believe diversity is an essential force to fostering creativity. Through being a force for racial, gender and socio economic equity, we aim to combine various traditions to create works envisioning a world more suitable for all.
The Bull Meets the Bayou is volunteer-run and fiscally sponsored by Liberty Arts, allowing donations to be tax-deductible.
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