What’s the project?
I’ve started this fundraiser to gather the amount needed to travel to Ajo, to take part in the Street Art Mural Project on the border region of Arizona in March 2017. Now more prominent than ever, the project - a coming together of artists, diverse in culture, disciplines and practice - started on the intersection of three nations, the United States, the Tohono O'odham Nation and Mexico.
Find out more about the small border town of Ajo in these articles by Deborah Fallows for The Atlantic;
Why do it?
Public art is an incredible way of bringing communities together and starting a conversation. Communities in the USA and Mexico border regions need support now more than ever. An international assortment of freelance muralists, Ajo Street Art Project alongside Tucson Arts Brigade are determined to raise enough funding to create large scale murals across the historic border town walls and host a several day event in the centre of Ajo.
The aim is to provide Ajo with artists to occupy and decorate the buildings in this unique place in the Sonoran Desert. The project is a framework for larger national and international dialogue to promote socially engaged practice and community based arts. I believe street art enhances its own surroundings and provides an opportunity for public interaction and community conversation.
This is not only an opportunity for renewal in connections within the community but a chance to forge and create stronger bonds between the town and its neighbours in Mexico.
Some of the previous Street Art events in Ajo have been wonderfully documented by Blaize Sun in her Rubber Tramp Artist blog:
So far I have relied entirely on my freelance work to fund my travel expenses that enable me to paint large colourful murals in every city I can visit. For this fantastic opportunity that’s further afield, I also need to cast my net wider and rely on your goodwill and generosity to support this goal. I’ve been involved in several online meetings with the project team, all of whom are volunteering their time, resources and skills.
The Ajo Street Art Mural Project is looking for funding and grants to provide materials, travel and accommodation expenses along with reimbursement for some of the team's time over the 5 months of organisation leading up to March 2017.
I am a graffiti artist and illustrator from the UK currently living in Barcelona, Spain. Through my work I have been voted in The Guardian's Top 5 Female Graffiti Artists in the UK followed by The Huffington Post's Top 25 Female Street Artists worldwide. My passion is creating street art and graffiti.
I started spray painting 11 years ago when I was 14 years old and have been determined ever since to turn my love for urban art into my career. The past few years as a freelance graffiti artist have been full of opportunities: spray painting a 7m x 21m main stage on my own in 3 days for Glastonbury Festival; hosting a workshop and presentation for the BBC; and painting a whole street as a community re-design project for Sustrans.
The most rewarding aspect of my work is my involvement with the communities in which I create artwork. I have vast experience as an urban art tutor, sharing my skills and teaching a variety of different groups from school children, 50+ year olds, students with disabilities and learning difficulties, to N.E.E.T students and young offenders alongside arts organisations such as the The Prince’s Trust, Creative Youth Network and several UK City Councils.
The fundraising goal is £3000. This will cover all logistics and equipment costs to enable me to create a huge hand painted mural in Ajo, Arizona in March 2017. I will not be paying myself! I simply believe that street art is one of the most effective ways of projecting a voice - and the border regions of the USA desperately need this right now. I want to help by offering my skills, experience and passion - I just need your help to do so!
Thank you very much for your support.
Risks and challenges
The main risk is that the project as a whole doesn't get any funding and the official Ajo Street Art Project 2017 doesn't go ahead. That being said, I have spoken with several collaborators from across the border regions of Arizona and we have agreed that we will make sure an event of some description happens anyway. Hence why we are independently fundraising to enable a community event, as big as the funding allows us. If the funding provided (separately to my own) is pulled, I will go to Ajo and collaborate with Tucson Arts Brigade over the same time frame in March to create a mural.
With regards to rewards, I have provided rewards I know I can create within a certain time frame. The originals will be hand painted, and whilst I can of course, adhere to requests - the supply and demand will mean that edits and changes will be kept to a minimum once finished.
I cannot afford to create and distribute rewards until the project is fully funded as if the funding isn't met, I will be hugely out of pocket. I do have a strategy in place to create, package and ship all artwork quickly - as this is something I do regularly for my freelance work anyway - so I should be good at this by now! :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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