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Help us raise $6,000 to launch a festival showcasing Asian American artists as agents of change and exploring the meaning of “sacred.”

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We’re the NYC-based Asian American Arts Alliance (aka “a4” as our cooler, hipper selves), and we believe that artists can change the world.

We’re raising $6,000 to launch Locating the Sacred, a 12-day festival that showcases artists as agents of change, demonstrating the power of art and culture to unleash imagination, break down barriers, and connect communities together for the greater good. 

Artists will be matched with spaces—both traditionally and non-traditionally “sacred”—to help explore what sacredness means to all of us through dance, music, film, visual arts, and lots more.

Sounds great, right?

But we can’t do it alone.

Locating the Sacred will be launched this September with a “mini-series” of three events, just in time to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The full festival will take place in fall 2012.

To make the mini-series launch happen, WE NEED YOUR HELP—to cover artists’ fees as well as rental and production costs. Bloomberg Philanthropies has already given us their vote of confidence in this project.

So help us launch Locating the Sacred this fall! Every dollar helps, and we’ll show our gratitude with some exciting rewards. 

Together, we can make a difference—and create a more tolerant, understanding and compassionate world.

CONCEPT

Locating the Sacred is a 12-day festival produced by the Asian American Arts Alliance (a4) that will feature dance, music, film, visual arts, readings and high-level panel discussions in venues that are traditionally and non-traditionally considered sacred.

The festival is inspired by the events of 9/11 and brings attention to the challenges faced by Asian Americans since then, including the economic devastation of Chinatown in Lower Manhattan and racial tensions that have arisen due to fears and misunderstanding. Asian American artists are among those best placed to explore these challenges and explore ways forward.

By creating fresh and innovative avenues for critical civic dialogue about our collective experience and shared history as citizens of New York, Locating the Sacred aims to promote Asian American artists as brokers of the creative capital required for lasting change.

MINI-SERIES

In anticipation of the festival, a4 plans to kick off the project with a mini-series of three events in September/October 2011. Working with partners, a4 will co-produce events that feature local Asian American artists creating or interpreting work on the theme of the sacredness of place, presented in traditional and unconventional sacred locations. In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and in the context of ongoing tensions in the city, the events aim to expand our thinking on the possibilities for creating personal and collective sacred spaces in New York City, and to signal the intentions of the full festival in 2012.

KICKSTARTER | AN EXPLANATION

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding Web site, where many people pledge to make small donations to reach a goal amount of money. If all of you help us reach or surpass our goal of $6,000, we receive all donated funds and are able to launch Locating the Sacred! If not, your money stays in your wallet and we don’t get a cent. So please help! Your donations will help us launch our festival, as well as continue to support our community of Asian American artists.

SPECIAL THANKS!

a4 is grateful for the support of our Locating the Sacred/Kickstarter sponsors, including TD Bank and Angels & Kings.

Video photo credits: Leslie Van Stelten, Alison Domzalski, Philipp Wolter, Tim Richards

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    Send us a picture of a place that’s sacred to you, and we’ll include it in a4’s Locating the Sacred slideshow! Attach a personal note of your choice to the picture, and watch it play for everyone to see on a4’s Web site. Also, your name on Locating the Sacred’s program and a4’s Web site.

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    2 tickets and backstage passes to Locating the Sacred Mini-Series event Transient City/Sacred Space: a Slideluck Potshow, an evening potluck and curated slideshow of the work of artists on the theme of “Transient City/Sacred Space.” Also, 2 Locating the Sacred t-shirts, and your name on Locating the Sacred’s program and a4’s Web site.

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    A cocktail, and 2 tickets and backstage passes to Say You Heard My Echo. This Locating the Sacred Mini-Series event will feature an evening of performance and dialogue that weaves together the fictional poetic narratives of 3 Asian American women in conversation with female religious icons. Also, your name on Locating the Sacred’s program and a4’s Web site.

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    Music can elevate an ordinary space into a sacred one. For $175, get a package of 10 CDs from Island Records! Also, your name on Locating the Sacred’s program and a4’s Web site.

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    A ticket to Locating the Sacred’s capstone event—a4’s 2011 Gala, a star-studded celebration benefitting New York’s vibrant and diverse Asian American artistic community. Past galas have attracted more than 1,000 artists, cultural and business leaders, philanthropists, elected officials, and community members. Past honorees and presenters have included Margaret Cho, Suketu Mehta, SuChin Pak, and many other distinguished members of the Asian American community. Also, your name on Locating the Sacred’s program and a4’s Web site.

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    The 3-2-1 Package: A VIP ticket and backstage passes to all 3 Locating the Sacred Mini-Series events, 2 Locating the Sacred t-shirts, and 1 ticket to a4’s 2011 Gala with premium seating. Also, your name on Locating the Sacred’s program and a4’s Web site.

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    For sports fans, the game is sacred. At this level of donation, you will get 4 premium seats for the 1:30PM 9/11/11 Mets vs. Chicago home game at Citi Field! Includes a VIP Preferred Parking Pass and access to the Delta Sky360 Lounge. Also get 4 Locating the Sacred t-shirts and your name on Locating the Sacred’s program and a4’s Web site. This prize is a steal, as the tickets alone are valued at $1000!

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