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“You Are Beautiful” fundraiser

October 6, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

* Fundraiser
* Art Exhibition
* Social

This Event:
* Has LGBTQ content
* May be of interest to the LGBTQ community

We’re very excited to tell you about a project happening. It will contribute to the beauty of our city, empower artists of marginalized groups, and host a positive message for all to see. We are confident it will become a regular attraction and photo-op for our community.
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When Madison East alum Brendan Scanlon–also known as street artist SOLVE– was killed in 2008, memorial art calling out YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL popped up around Madison, Chicago, and the world. SOLVE and others in his collective had painted the message around Chicago before his death, and it grows as a public art project 14 years in the making. Aesthetically diverse YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL murals have risen out of Illinois, Oregon, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, California, and as far as Italy. We are participating in a globally understood conversation. This mural project will live in both its history and its future simultaneously: it honors the art of those before us while optimistically anticipating what those in our community can do for each other in the years to come.
We are very proud to already have the support of the Madison Arts Commission and UW. The engineering and installation will be accomplished by Art In and the painting will be done by ArtWrite artists Alaura Seidl and Wendi Kent  alongside local LGBTQIA+ youth. These youth, who will be recruited out of the queer and trans groups with which ArtWrite often partners, will form a youth council committed to the project. Because they will be co-artists in the process, we do not have a finalized image to share for this proposal.
These youth will gain experience in public art making, be paid for their labor, and find an outlet in this work.
We need your support! There are numerous ways you can help us make this a huge success:
We are having a fundraiser open to the public and would be very grateful for any donations as listed below
  • Businesses, organizations, and individuals to donate goods, gift cards, and services that can be raffled off
  • Performers for entertainment
  • Businesses to donate food and beverages

Corporate and individual sponsors can donate funds at the following levels through cash, check, or credit card.

You will be recognized through social media announcements as well as at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Frida Kahlo-            $500

Isaac Julien-            $300

Keith Haring-          $250
Zackary Drucker-    $100

Zanele Muholi-        $75

Alvin Baltrop-          $50
Please contact Wendi Kent at wendiwkent@gmail.com to offer your help!
Our city is pretty beautiful already but amplifying quieted voices through art can always make it more beautiful. 


October 6, 2016
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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