Valley F.E.A.S.T is a sustainable community building event that democratically puts funds into the hands of local artists.
Valley F.E.A.S.T., modeled after its many predecessors, is a series of exciting and progressive community building events that support local artists in order to sustain and develop the area’s cultural vitality.
F.E.A.S.T. (Funding Emerging Artists through Sustainable Tactics) is a forward thinking concept which is quickly being picked up in cities small and large all over the globe.
Located in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, Northampton, which hosts a massive artist population of its own, is also the cultural center for many of the surrounding cities and towns. Despite Northampton's reputation for being a cultural center, opportunities for young and emerging artists are limited, both in funding and exhibition.
Drastic budget cuts affect every city and town and Northampton is no different. Here in Northampton, as in many other places, large pools of artists are vying for small sums of funds available for grants. Often times artists proposals don't meet the criteria for government or privately funded grants, and for those that do, it still sometimes takes years to land the needed funding. Consequently many good ideas don't get funded.
F.E.A.S.T. is a way to change seemingly impossible circumstances for young and emerging artists. It is the future of cultural sustainability.
At every F.E.A.S.T., the public is invited to come enjoy a fresh, innovative and locally sourced menu that is prepared by a special guest chef, to experience a unique line up of live entertainment and to also vote on proposals that are presented by artists who need funding. Entry to Valley F.E.A.S.T. is set at a sliding scale with a suggested donation of at least $10.
At the end of the night, the winning artists take home the evenings proceeds with the community supported responsibility to go make their art, which is later presented at the next Valley F.E.A.S.T.
If funded, we will use the money to cover start up costs including covering the cost of campaigning, primary space rental fees, catering equipment, and locally grown food.
Valley F.E.A.S.T. is unique in that it is organized under the complete volunteer services of Portal Arts Group, Now.For.Art, local chefs, entertainers and donors, all for the sake of community development and supporting the arts.
A little bit of money in the hands of emerging artists impacts entire communities, the results make our cities and towns more exciting to live in and visit and brightens our daily lives in big ways.
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For just $5 you get a unique limited edition artist print print by Now.For.Art director Katherine! 3 in. x 5 in., color print on heavy stock, archival print paper, signed and numbered. These prints are being made specifically for this campaign, after which no other reproduction is to be made.
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For $10 you get a set of three unique limited edition artist prints from Now.For.Art director Katherine! All color print on heavy stock, archival print paper, signed and numbered. These prints are being made specifically for this campaign, after which no other reproduction is to be made.
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For $15 you get "Zombie Attack" a limited edition Zombie Chap Book: an undead collection of art and writing from New England artists and poets. Featuring the work of Steve Subrizi, Ryk McIntyre, Matt Moore, Keith Sahlman, and Northampton’s own Bob Dean, Michael Isenberg, and Cody Masback. Compiled by Portal Arts Group director Kevin Devany
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For $20 you get a limited edition Zombie Chap Book: an undead collection of art and writing from New England artists and poets. You also get the "By This Light" CD: Four tracks of original work by Kevin Devaney. Recorded in front of a live audience in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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For $25 you get the set of 3 artists prints, the Zombie Chap book and "By This Light" CD, and Kevin Devaney's limited edition original book of poetry "Why I Believe In Winter" from DESIRE! Press all bundled lovingly into a special F.E.A.S.T. tote! Think of all the all the things you could tote!
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Okay big spender, you get the 3 artist prints, the Zombie Chap Book, Why I Believe In Winter, "By This Light" CD, the F.E.A.S.T. tote and you also get an original limited edition, signed and numbered screen print from Northampton based artist Brendan McCauley. You also get a special thank you on our website!
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Well, well Daddy Warbucks! You know what's going on, you get the 3 artist prints, the Zombie Chap Book, Why I Believe In Winter, "By This Light" CD, the F.E.A.S.T. tote, Brendan McCauley's sweet screen print, AND an original limited edition, signed and numbered wood block print from Northampton based artist Eben Kling. You also get a special thank you on our blog and on our printed program for our first F.E.A.S.T. scheduled for January 22nd. You can choose a simple thank you listing or opt for a space to promote your own business or website!
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