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We're launching the artist residency program that brings all the most captivating voices in contemporary Black art to Iowa City.
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What is the Center for Afrofuturist Studies? An opportunity.

Based in Iowa City, the Center for Afrofuturist Studies is a new artist residency program.

But how is it different?

We focus on work by artists of color that looks into the Future. For our 2016 residency cycle, we've invited *eight* contemporary Black artists to Iowa City whose work spans across genres. 

Each visiting artist will complete: (1) a youth workshop at Iowa City's Dream Center and (2) a public event of their own design. 

The Dream Center's Brother 2 Brother Youth Seminar (February 2014)
The Dream Center's Brother 2 Brother Youth Seminar (February 2014)

The Dream Center is a non-profit organization serving low-income and marginalized youth and their families. By facilitating youth workshops, we are giving young children the opportunity to engage with creative mentors. Our goal is to foster the imaginations of youth populations whose voices aren't often heard by our culture.

In addition to working with youth, our artists-in-residence will design public events throughout Iowa City. 

Cody Gieselman at Public Space One
Cody Gieselman at Public Space One

In 2016, we will host artist talks, film screenings, public forums, readings and performances.

All of our public programming seeks to engage both local Iowans and people across the world in a building conversation about the intersections of race, technology, and the diaspora. We use "Afrofuturism" as a launching point to discuss the futures of America's marginalized populations – but we aren't interested in just one aesthetic or one genre. The Center for Afrofuturist Studies is an interdisciplinary and far-reaching program. 

Why Iowa City?

Iowa City became a UNESCO City of Literature in November 2008, making it the world's third City of Literature (after Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia). Iowa City is also home to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the International Writing Program, and nationally renowned bookstore and historic landmark Prairie Lights. 

Despite all this, minority voice are still missing from the arts and cultural landscape. We believe this is not only a problem of Iowa City but something seen everywhere. By supporting the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, you not only contribute to Iowa City's diversity, but you also contribute to a national issue, moving it one step in the right direction. 

Step by step, we expect to see a fuller and richer national arts community.

How can you help?

"Invisible Faces" at Public Space One
"Invisible Faces" at Public Space One

Our annual budget is approximately $12,000. This allows us to provide stipends, room and board, and travel expenses to seven visiting artists. It also provides studio and exhibition space for these artists. We also need to fund:

  • Printing costs for exhibition catalogues and promotional materials
  • Website design and maintenance
  • Photography and documentation services

If we raise $4,000 on Kickstarter then our operating costs through June 2016 will be covered.

Help us launch the program by donating today!

Additional support for the program will come from regional and national grantmakers as well as from our Interstellar Dance Party Fundraiser on January 28th at The Mill in Iowa City, beginning at 9pm.

What are the perks?

Because The Center is an interdisciplinary project, we're offering a wide assortment of art-objects as perks. A handful of members from the performance collective, The Spacesuits (an ongoing project of CAS Director, Anaïs Duplan) has teamed up with the Center for Afrofuturist Studies to bring you new and original works.

Pledge $5-10

Choose from:

  • A handwritten thank you card 
  • A original drawing by Northampton songstress Mal Devisa
  • A ticket to our January 28th fundraiser at The Mill in Iowa City. 

Pledge $15-20

"Encuentros #3" by Slim Lopez
"Encuentros #3" by Slim Lopez

Choose from:

  • An illustrated postcard by graphic designer, Slim Lopez
  • A photograph from Taja R. Cheek of the band, Throw Vision
  • A ghost-themed drawing by Vermont-based artist Casey Wait
  • A space mixtape created by CAS Director, Anaïs Duplan

Pledge $25-$35

Collage by Liz Pavlovic
Collage by Liz Pavlovic

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Pledge $50-75

Quilted patch by Kione Kochi
Quilted patch by Kione Kochi

Choose from:

  • Hand-painted pennants by Maria Molteni of the New Craft Artists in Action
  • Infused salts crafted by New York-based painter Martha Tuttle
  • A one-on-one japa mala making session with poet An. Cinquepalmi
  • An original 11" x 12" quilted patch from textile artist Kione Kochi

Pledge $100

Line Anda Dalmar and Regine Osbakk's, "VILKOMMEN TIL BORDS" at Public Space One
Line Anda Dalmar and Regine Osbakk's, "VILKOMMEN TIL BORDS" at Public Space One

Choose from:

  • Full season membership at the Center for Afrofuturist Studies in 2016
  • Textile maps of Argentina by performance artist Kelsey Robinson

Pledge $200

Pennants honoring turn-of-the-century women's basketball teams by Maria Molteni
Pennants honoring turn-of-the-century women's basketball teams by Maria Molteni

 Choose from:

  • A one-on-one studio visit with a visiting artist of your choice
  • Extra-large hand-painted pennant by Boston's Maria Molteni

Pledge $1000-$2000

Fund either a week-long or month-long residency in its entirety!

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Risks and challenges

Once the project is completely funded, we will focus on increasing the reach of the program. We understand that the term "Afrofuturism" is unfamiliar to many and we hope, over time, to establish the Center as both an important and safe platform for community discussion in Iowa City and throughout the nation.

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    THANK YOU

    Receive a handwritten thank you card from CAS Director, Anaïs Duplan.

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    INTERSTELLAR DANCE PARTY

    Receive a ticket to the Center's January 28th fundraiser at The Mill in Iowa City. Poet An. Cinquepalmi will by the event DJ, spinning tunes beginning at 9pm. Come and celebrate the launch of this exciting new program!

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    POST-UTOPIA POSTCARD

    Receive a limited edition illustrated postcard made by graphic designer Slim Lopez.

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    PHOTO ALBUM

    Taja Cheek of the band Throw Vision will send you a single photograph and a single downloadable song from her personal collection.

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    TOTE

    A new perk! We're now offering CAS tote bags, printed on natural cotton canvas. Look fashionable while also showing your support for the project!

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    ART TO SUSTAIN YOU

    Emerging from questions about parallel practices, Martha Tuttle's handmade infused salts bridge between artwork and nourishment. Each jar is wrapped in indigo dyed paper, hand spun wool, and correlated with a small packet of stones selected from the New Mexico mountains. Red chile, desert sage and black sesame gomasio. Rooted in place, For looking, for using, for smelling, for giving.

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    CITY MAPS

    Receive a piece of Buenos Aires, Argentina from
    performance artist Kelsey Robinson. Kelsey recreates her travels throughout the city with knitted city maps. Commutes to the market, the subway, friends' homes, all by yarn.

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    TAROT WITH LIV

    Receive a 60-minute tarot session with singer-songwriter Liv Carrow. For those not in Iowa City, Liv will conduct the session over Skype.

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    FULL SEASON MEMBERSHIP

    Receive free admission to all CAS events in 2016. Throughout the year, each of our seven visiting artists will host a public event, amounting to 7+ opportunities to engage with our artists this year.

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    STUDIO VISIT

    Receive a one-on-one studio visit with the visiting artist of your choice during the 2016 residency cycle.

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    FUND A RESIDENCY

    Pledge $1,000 and you fund an entire week-long residency. Receive a one-on-one studio visit with a visiting artist of your choice, free admission to all events, and the inclusion of your name in all exhibition catalogues.

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    FUND A MONTH-LONG RESIDENCY

    Pledge $2,000 and you fund an entire month-long residency. We will work with you to execute a public event of your design in 2016. You will also receive a one-on-one studio visit with a visiting artist of your choice, free admission to all events, and the inclusion of your name in all exhibition catalogues.

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    A DRAWING 4U

    Northampton-based songstress Mal Devisa's latest album is called "4U." Pledge $10 and Mal Devisa will make a drawing 4U, and mail it to you too.

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    Receive an original mixed-media ghost drawing from artist and witch Casey Wait.

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    SPACE MIXTAPE

    Receive a custom-made mixtape from CAS Director Anaïs Duplan full of tunes for time traveling.

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    LIBERATION ELIXIR

    Receive one of a number of elixirs for healing, strength, protection and support in the face of racism, neocolonialism and oppression. Crafted by artist and witch Dori Midnight, each tincture connects us to the earth, invisible allies, ancestors, and each other – and creates fierce protection, grounding and healing for journey ahead.

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    HAND-CUT CUTTINGS

    Receive a print of a collage from writer and fartist couple-duo Liz and Dwight Pavlovic of Decoder Magazine. Each collage is a hand-cut cutting liberated from static situations and clipped together into a fluid one.

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    HAND-PAINTD PENNANTS

    Smaller pennants hand-painted by members of the New Craft Artists in Action. This set is inspired by works from their exhibit
    "Hoops, From Swoopes to Summit: Historical Figures in Professional Women's Basketball" and features names of African American women’s basketball teams that self-organized and competed near the turn of the century.

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    JAPA MALA

    Poet An. Cinquepalmi will build you one mala in her Iowa City shrine. An ideal energy gate, negativity filter, cat toy. A phone call or meet up to decide on the materials. (An.’s own mala has black tourmaline, date palm seed, moonstone.)

    If you reside or are-passing-through Iowa City, you are welcome to visit An.'s shrine and make the mala together!

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    TELEPHONE MICROPHONE

    Receive a one-of-a-kind handmade telephone microphone, created by musician Madeline Johnston (also known as Sister Grotto). The telephone microphone is wired with 1/4 inch jack and produces a lo-fi "telephone voice" sound.

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    QUILT ME UP

    Receive an original 11" x 12" quilted art piece from textile artist Kione Kochi. The pieces can be hung on the wall as art objects or sewn onto clothing.

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    XL PENNANT

    An extra-large pennant hand-painted by members of the New Craft Artists in Action from a series of pennants inspired by works from their exhibit "Hoops, From Swoopes to Summit: Historical Figures in Professional Women's Basketball" and features names of African American women’s basketball teams that self-organized and competed near the turn of the century.

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