UPDATE: We've announced the 2016 season!
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 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.
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?
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.
- 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.
- 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
- A liberation elixir crafted by artist and witch, Dori Midnight
- A collage made by artist-duo Liz and Dwight Pavlovic
- 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
- Full season membership at the Center for Afrofuturist Studies in 2016
- Textile maps of Argentina by performance artist Kelsey Robinson
- A one-on-one studio visit with a visiting artist of your choice
- Extra-large hand-painted pennant by Boston's Maria Molteni
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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