A Radical Art Festival to Bring the Power of Art and Creativity to Asia, Community by Community.
A Radical Art Festival to Bring the Power of Art and Creativity to Asia, Community by Community. Read more
Too often do we take the little things for granted. Some of our first memories of artistic creation were of drawings and doodles, paper cut-outs and paper mache projects done as a child at home or in class. We don’t realize it then, but these fond memories have a lasting effect on us. It is vital in the early stages of growth to build creativity. Through our travels, we have realized that these basic lessons that drive a lifelong creative desire are lacking with many underdeveloped communities. Our mission is to create a Crowd-Funded Art festival that brings art to the kids in these communities that need it most.
Through collaborations with Artists and the street art festival POW! WOW! We have been inspired to give you a project we’d like to call Paint Asia. We will use crowdfunding as a source to bring together Artists from all over the world and use Art as a medium to deliver and inspire creativity.
Every year, we will search for a city in Asia that needs our campaign and run this grassroots event that’s funded by our backers with the goal of bringing art to the people. For Paint Asia’s inaugural year, we select the aboriginal village of Dah Dah (Hong Ye) in Taitung County, Taiwan.
We have assembled a select group of amazing artist that will collaborate with our parent company Imperial Taels with merchandise that will be used as Rewards for your Pledges in helping us achieve our goal.
Our event will include live mural paintings on location in the Elementary School of Hong Ye (Dah Dah) Village. We will have workshops between our artists and the students. We will bring painting materials, we will raise awareness and we will bond. And at the very end, we will document this whole festival and premiere the video for everyone who has pledged their support!
We have designed this event and its activities to inspire child and adult alike.
Hong Ye Elementary School
Hong Ye (Dah Dah) Village in Taitung County is situated in the rural mountains of South Eastern Taiwan. It is home to the aboriginal Bunun Tribe. Most Taiwanese aboriginal people who choose to live in rural tribal areas are often found living in impoverished conditions. Sub-standard schools, underfunded civil services, and low upward mobility are commonly found. Although the tribal Bunun face an array of hardships, they are a hardworking people with a colorful heritage. Taiwanese aboriginals are well-known for their artistic and musical creativity along with their athletic prowess. More often than not, these three fields are their only outlets to success.
Especially for sports, Dah Dah Village’s Hong Ye Elementary School Baseball Team, won international acclaim in 1968, when their Little League Baseball Team, who famously lacked proper baseball equipment such as bats and baseball mitts, beat the power house team from Kansai, Japan who were the Little League World Series Champions.
Because of this past history, baseball takes priority at the Elementary School. They put the majority of their annual budget towards the sports program. This means that the school curriculum is unable to offer its students an art and crafts program until after the 3rd grade. This was something that we wanted to try and help.
The village has produced many Taiwanese professional baseball players and artists but their over-all living conditions still remain sub-standard. Through Paint Asia we wish to inspire a new generation of children through art while raising awareness to their conditions. http://www.hyps.ntct.edu.tw/bin/home.php
Students at Hong Ye Elementary School
Tee Shirt Rewards Video
Rone is based out of Australia. His faint portraits of women’s faces can be found across the world from NYC, Paris, Tokyo, London, Australia, and many more. A representation that beauty is temporary, his artworks portrays the friction between beauty and decay. http://r-o-n-e.com
Jayson Atienza is from NYC but currently based in China. His artworks are very colorful and fun. They are compositions of many scattered organic forms, that are like mosaics coming together to form a broader image. http://www.jaysonatienza.com
Rukkit is based in Thailand, Rukkit’s trademark style is his intricate and colorful geometric shapes, mostly depicting animals. Not only does he create 2D artworks but also large scale sculptures where viewers are able to admire his works in 3 dimensions. https://rukkit.wordpress.com
Amy Mariat is currently based in Hong Kong. Her art is inspired by the different cultures that she has experienced while growing up and through her travels, such as Australia, Hong Kong, and the UK. A mix between eastern and western style influences. http://www.amtillustration.com
José Hsu is from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Jose’s artwork is a blend of styles he has accumulated from his travels to Spain, US, and Taiwan. His works contains an array of characters depicting Taiwan’s culture, children at play, agriculture, animals, and nature. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003325003398&lst=502719035%3A100003325003398%3A1504162386
Candy Bird is from Taiwan. He is a street artist whose works of art are hidden on the corners of the streets, ruins or private spaces in Taiwan and other countries. His inspiration is around human beings, and focuses on history, social issues and equality. http://candybird.net
Mr. Ogay is from Taiwan. He considers art an honest way to face the truths. In his works, viewers are meant to see his direct and absolute critique towards Taiwan society. His art depicts desires with humor and taunting hypocritical morality. He uses “ugliness” as his tone of art language and develops a specific style. http://mrogay.com
Imperial Taels is the parent company of Paint Asia. Founded in 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan. Imperial Taels produces Street-Wear and Accessories and is a leader in Chinese-Taiwanese street culture. Heavily involved in Hip-Hop and has produced and sponsored songs and videos that have accumulated tens of millions of hits on Youtube. Imperial Taels currently sponsors some of the best skaters out of the region. We have collaborated with POW! WOW! and many other notable street artists throughout the years and we also sponsor dancers across the country. https://www.imperialtaels.com
POW! WOW! Taiwan is the Taiwan leg of POW! WOW! which was founded in Hawaii in 2010. POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, a large creative space named Lana Lane Studios, concerts and live art installations across the globe. POW! WOW! Taiwan is the inaugural event that brings POW! WOW! to Asia and Taipei is the first city on the map for the event’s global presence. Artists are invited from all over the world, including the United States, the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and join forces with local artists to enhance the existing art and music scene in Taiwan. https://www.facebook.com/PowWowTaiwan/
The very minimum that we will need to run this event is 35,000 USD. But in reality, that amount is us barely scraping by. The largest portion of the raised capital will go to the festival itself. Such as: travel costs for the artist and our team, hotels, food, paints, materials, content and day to day necessities. The second largest portion will go toward the manufacturing of the rewards themselves. We promise that the more we raise, the better the event will be. The more you help, the more we can spread Paint Asia and do some good.
Risks and challenges
Firstly, there is the monetary risks required to pre-produce a campaign and project like this. But the money invested isn't really our primary concern. In our minds, the biggest risk is letting the children and the school at Hong Ye (Dah Dah) Village down. They were so receptive and hospitable to us that we don’t want to fail and we cannot fail. When we first approached them for this project, we saw their staff and students eyes light up, the anticipation and enthusiasm were right in-front of us. This is why we need your help!
With a project this scale that has this many moving parts e.g. artist, event, travel, food, products, shipping, videos, etc, there are definitely inherent challenges that we’ll face. What gives us confidence is that although crowd-funding is new to us, none of the other factors are. Our parent company Imperial Taels has been producing clothing and accessories for nearly 8 years. Imperial Taels has been shipping to customers worldwide. We specialize in creating content and organizing events. Our partner POW! WOW! Taiwan is the leader in street art in our region. We have the team and the experience required to make this project a success. We are confident that we can fulfill your rewards in a timely manner and we are confident that we can put on a festival that really inspires the students. Again, all we need is your help and we can bring this event to a different city that needs art every year!
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