KING OF ARMS ART BALL IV
KING OF ARMS ART BALL IV
A live performance bringing together the LGBTQ Vogue community with renowned figures from art, fashion, entertainment, and activism
A live performance bringing together the LGBTQ Vogue community with renowned figures from art, fashion, entertainment, and activism Read more
About this project
The KING OF ARMS ART BALL is a live performance event that brings together the international LGBTQ Vvogue community with renowned figures from the worlds of art, fashion, entertainment, and activism. The King of Arms Art Ball is a dance and performance competition, in which all of the categories are based on a specific artist’s work or a particular movement within art history or contemporary culture. Think Art 21 meets RuPaul’s Drag Race meets America's Best Dance Crew.
What will happen at the Art Ball?
On October, 5th, the evening will start at 7pm with a DJ set by Mike Q. of Qween Beat, followed by a live performance by Paris’s own Kiddy Smile. Then, there will be a grand march by my house, the Legendary House of Ladurée, Paris’s first official Vogue house.
Following the grand march the ball will commence, the ball will consist of 5 categories ( runway, face, sex siren, realness, and final Grand Prize Performance). After the ball, there will be a performance by the legendary Jay Boogie and more, DJ sets.
Interested in participating? The category sheet will go live on August 1 at kingofarmsartball.com.
About the artist:
My name is Rashaad Newsome. I am a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans collage, video, performance, sculpture, computer programing, and social practice. Through my work, I bring together seemingly disparate cultural forms and investigate how images used in media and popular culture communicate distorted notions of power. I have been staginged the annual King of Arms Art Ball since 2013. Artists from diverse backgrounds deserve a space to be celebrated and recognized for their talent! Through the King of Arms Art Ball, I have created a platform to celebrate queer artists of color, explore contemporary social justice issues, and provide space for emerging artists to showcase their work. As a prominent figure in the international Vogue scene and an artist existing in the canonized art world, I used this project to build community and expose people to lived experiences and practices that they may not be familiar with but could find inspiration in.
Why is this important?
The King of Arms Art Ball gives viewers the unique experience of witnessing and participating in one of the most creative cultural productions of Americans who live on the margins of society. At the heart of this project is the tenacity and resilience of marginalized communities to create globally-celebrated cultural productions under harsh conditions. At such a gloomy political climate I think this is something that I think we all can connect to. Why Kickstarter? The practice of Vogue is no longer an underground thing. As it is an international phenomenon, I am looking to the international Kickstarter community to help me support what promises to be a fun and enlightening event.
The practice of Vogue is no longer an underground thing. As it is an international phenomenon, I am looking to the international Kickstarter community to help me support what promises to be a fun and enlightening event.
What will your contribution support?
Paying participants and crew, production costs, and live streaming so that people around the world can watch/participate.
Risks and challenges
The King of Arms Art Ball is an ongoing project that has been completed over the past three years. I also produce exhibitions, performances, and events involving hundreds of participants, so I am well-versed in pulling off crazy ambitious dreams. I have some great advisors and help in this new venture, and do not foresee any stumbling blocks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter