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Three artists will join us for season 2 at the CAS to explore the theme ECOLOGIES during intensive residencies in Iowa City
Three artists will join us for season 2 at the CAS to explore the theme ECOLOGIES during intensive residencies in Iowa City
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WE SUPPORT WORK BY ARTISTS OF COLOR THAT LOOKS INTO THE FUTURE

The Center for Afrofuturist Studies is based out of Iowa City art space Public Space One. For our second year of programming, we've invited three contemporary Black artists to Iowa City for intensive residencies: Justin Allen, Rin Johnson, and Jade Ariana Fair.

The theme of this year's residencies is ECOLOGIES, inspired by artist Martine Syms’ “Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto” and the notion that “the most likely future is one in which we only have ourselves and this planet.” 

We invite artists to immerse themselves in the Iowa City community. Through our connections to local organizations and audiences, we provide a relaxed but full experience for our artists-in-residence, who create exhibitions, artist talks, film screenings, workshops for low-income and marginalized youth, and informal gatherings––all free and open to the public. It is an opportunity for meaningful interactions, learning experiences, and a dialectical method for creating new thought and action. 

But creating these opportunities takes resources! We're asking for your support to help make continuing this program a reality.

The first year of CAS (2016) proved successful for both the artists and our community (learn more about last year here). This second year continues the program in hopes of growing deeper roots and growing it into a lasting project. We have amazing artists and organizers in place––we just need the resources to make it a rewarding and sustained experience for all involved. 

The nitty-gritty: Our annual budget for this program is approximately $12,000. This provides stipends, housing, and travel expenses for the artists, allowing them to focus fully on their work. It also funds studio and exhibition space for these artists, and materials for their public programs and youth workshops. We need your support to make this possible. Please chip in today!

What are the perks?

When you pledge to support this year's program, you can choose to receive a number of rewards, including postcards featuring the work of last year's artists, a CAS tee or tote, our brand new publication, or a hand-crafted item made by one of the folks behind the CAS.

Most importantly, your pledge contributes to our project of imagining new futures for marginalized peoples by generating safe work spaces for artists of color. 

Thank you!

CAS tote bag
CAS tote bag

 

CAS tee (Terence Nance design)
CAS tee (Terence Nance design)

 

CAS tee  (Alexandria Eregbu/Kameelah Janan Rasheed/Tiona McClodden design)
CAS tee (Alexandria Eregbu/Kameelah Janan Rasheed/Tiona McClodden design)

 

Terence Nance film poster included in the postcard set
Terence Nance film poster included in the postcard set

 

Risks and challenges

We have experience putting on this project. The real risk is funding falling short. We have energy and expertise behind the program and just need a community of people to believe in it and keep it alive!

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    Shout-out

    We'll thank you on the CAS website and give you a shout-out at one of our public events!

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    2016 CAS artist postcard set

    a set of art postcards including work by 2016 CAS residents Krista Franklin & Terence Nance

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    CAS Tote Bag

    A cotton tote bag featuring 2016 residents Tiona McClodden, Alexandria Eregbu, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed, designed by Little Village!

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    CAS T-shirt

    Your choice of CAS t-shirt! Choose from Terence Nance or Tiona McClodden/Alexandria Eregbu/Kameelah Janan Rasheed design, created by Little Village here in Iowa City!

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    Mixtape

    We'll send you a special mixtape made by CAS founder & curator Anaïs Duplan, with liner notes hand-printed at PS1's community print shop!

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    Vol. 1 of the CAS publication

    featuring work by Iowa City writer and artist Alea Adigweme and the 2016 CAS artists

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    CAS T-shirt and mixtape

    Your choice of CAS t-shirt and a mixtape by a special mixtape made by CAS founder & curator Anaïs Duplan, with liner notes hand-printed at PS1's community print shop

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    All the swag

    Tee (design of your choice), tote, postcards, & the CAS publication

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    Dinner with a visiting artist

    Exclusive invitation to a small-group dinner with one of this year’s visiting artists (dinner included!)

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    A Book for the Future

    Bookbinder and PS1 program director Kalmia Strong will make you a custom journal or sketchbook crafted with beautiful hand-picked materials

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