Wooly Fair is Providence's own DIY art carnival, which we've been DIYing for the past seven years now. This year we're going To the Moon! The event takes place on 7/30/11 at the Steel Yard at 27 Sims Ave in Providence.
The Wooly Fair Space Station is modular structure made up of 21 individual pods, with each pod granted (along with a stipend) to an artist or maker or innovator to inhabit and re-imagine in the month leading up to the event. Then during the event itself the pods will all be joined together to form the Space Station where attendees of Wooly Fair will be able to interact with each artist's installation. Plus, during the Fair, the Pods will communicate with each other in ways that are both overt and mysterious.
Our requirements for Pod projects are the following:
- It must be interactive
- It must be ingenious
- It must be sustainable
- It must attempt to change minds
Anyone interested in applying for a pod, or learning more about the Space Station Project, please follow this link:
Why should you support this campaign?
1) This is a re-granting campaign. We're providing artists, makers, and innovators with a room of their own and a cash stipend to pursue their work.
2) Wooly Fair is run almost exclusively by extremely dedicated volunteers--who commit months of their lives to its build out. We have functioned year after year without major corporate sponsorship. Any donations you give alleviates the costs and gets us closer to actually paying people for their work.
3) Because you can purchase tickets for the event here at an excellent rate! Plus we have all sorts of other awesome swag in the offing.
4) Because we're going To the Moon! And that kind of thing is really a group effort.
Addendum! Our $200 reward includes paintings by Cara Blaine and Daniel Semeraro. We can't edit the reward at this point, but if we could we would insert this there. Sorry for the terrible oversight, Dan. Your galaxy paintings are great!
Wooly Fair is a DIY art carnival founded on the west side of Providence and now in its 7th year. We are almost entirely volunteer driven and run by people who are otherwise holding down full-time jobs. We spend months building it out and the event itself is a fantastic creative eruption of music, art, dance, food, interactive environments, and good times.
This year (and hopefully forever after) we are holding the event at the Steel Yard (thesteelyard.org), a truly wonderful industrial arts nonprofit with a beautiful newly remediated site. The Steel Yard is located at 27 Sims Ave, Providence, RI 02909
The event was founded by Sam White who grew up on a small sheep farm. So wooly means sheep, but wooly also means warm and wooly also means chaotic and Wooly Fair is nothing if it isn't a friendly and enjoyably chaotic environment.
Why do you charge $15? That seems like a lot when there are plenty of free summer festivals out there.
Wooly Fair has functioned throughout its life without any major corporate sponsorship (though we do have many great supporters and friends in the local business community) and we would very much like to keep it that way. We do understand that the ticket price can be a burden for some people. While the event operates at just a fraction of what other summer festivals cost, we do have very real costs that we need to cover: materials for buildout, insurance, equipment rental, etc. As we develop it is very important to start paying the artists and directors who dedicate hundreds of hours of their lives to bringing it about. Fund-raising campaigns like Kickstarter and grants go a long way toward alleviating the cost, but we still need to charge at the door to cover the rest.
There are lots of ways. Everything from just coming in a great costume the day of the event to helping us out on "Wooly workdays" (every Wednesday at the Steel Yard) to coming up with your own project to install on the grounds of the yard during the event. Not to mention the Space Station, which we would love for you to participate in if you have a great idea and are willing to dedicate some of July to pulling it off at the Steel Yard. Much more can be found at thewooled.com.
Sugar in our gas tanks? Nope, that would just make us peppier.
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