What are jorts?
Jorts /jôrts/ noun
- Origin: North American (informal)
- Definition: Shorts made of denim fabric.
- Usage: "Turn all your jeans into jorts!"
What is JORTSFEST?
JORTSFEST is an annual DIY music and arts festival in Atlanta, Georgia whose motto is “always free, always all ages, always accessible.” The festival was conceived as a way to bring various music scenes together to bid farewell to summer by celebrating everyone’s favorite piece of summer attire: cutoff JORTS!
Since its inception in 2013 at Under the Couch on the campus of Georgia Tech, the festival has garnered hundreds of attendees annually and played host to dozens of bands, including local and national acts. Now entering its 5th year, the festival has maintained its motto by holding the event in an ADA and transit accessible venue that is all ages and by not charging patrons admission fees or artists and organizations tabling fees. This intentional inclusivity has fostered conversation and collaboration by attendees and resulted in the formation of new connections.
Last year with your help we were able to raise enough money to cover festival costs, pay all performers, and purchase a portable ramp that is available free of charge to arts and music events around Atlanta to make them more accessible to patrons and performers with disabilities.
We want to do more work like this. This year we want to raise enough money to grow the event into something more: a formal organization that can work toward building intentionally inclusive art and music communities through grants and other opportunities. Help celebrate 5 years of JORTSFEST by supporting
How can I help?
JORTSFEST 2017 is scheduled to take place on Saturday August 26 at the Mammal Gallery in Atlanta's South Downtown neighborhood. We are seeking support in raising $3,000 to cover venue production costs, pay performers, and cover the costs associated with formally incorporating as a 501(c)3 non-profit.
What do I get in return?
JORTSFEST organizers, Carter Sutherland and Maria Sotnikova, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Risks and challenges
JORTSFEST organizers foresee very few challenges once this project is funded. There is already a hold on Mammal Gallery so an indoor venue is secured and weather is not of great concern. Over 50 musicians have applied to perform at JORTSFEST and the lineup is almost complete. Similarly, many have expressed interest in tabling at the event.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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