My name is Bolaji, I recently earned a Master of Divinity. I've served as a campus minister for 5 years. I am also an artist who paints furniture. I recently launched a furniture painting business: www.designsbybolaji.com
My long-term dream is to grow a sustainable business that will be able to serve marginalized youth, specifically youth who have been affected by the juvenile justice system, foster care services, or homelessness. This business will help to serve these youth by providing them with a job, a space to create art freely, to feel validated and supported, and to acquire job and life skills.
Why Am I Raising Money?
Like all businesses, I need funds to grow. I am fundraising to cover the start-up costs of my business. I spent $3000 last summer buying paint, furniture, and supplies to get things off of the ground. I am raising money to cover those fees.
Also, in order to advertise and publicize my business, I will be a vendor at various arts and musical festivals on the East Coast and in the South this summer. The money that I am raising will help to cover vendor fees, vendor insurance, and travel expenses that I will incur in trying to spread the word about my art by presenting at these festivals.
Again, participation in these festivals will to move my business forward in allowing me to gain more exposure.
Even a $10 donation can go a long way!
Artist's Statement:What is the relationship between art and beauty? What about art and truth? What is beauty? What is truth? Where does art belong? Where does beauty belong?
These are the questions that I am pursuing as I create art.
Where does art belong?
My canvases are unorthodox. I paint furniture. I paint furniture because it is unexpected—it is not a place, for many reasons, that art is thought to belong. I want to challenge the way that we think about art and where it can be located. I would like to be part of turning ordinary pieces of furniture into masterpieces.
What is beauty?
I find joy in painting black women in brilliant and bold colors because for so long our beauty has been questioned—we have not been thought to be nor have we often been represented as beautiful. In painting black women, I hope to affirm our beauty.
What about art and beauty?
My hope in painting is to combine colors to create pieces that leave my viewers visually mesmerized and in awe—that is to say, to create beauty. I believe that in a world that feels overwhelmingly dark at times and where it is easy to become hardened by cynicism and slide into a space of despair, the creation of beauty is important. If there is still beauty in the midst of ugliness then perhaps, there is hope. And if there is hope, then maybe we’ll begin to think, from whence does a true and enduring hope come from? For me, my deepest hope comes from a belief in a God of love, justice, healing, and redemption. He is the original Creator who spoke and it was. While I am painting, I am usually praying. I hope that my art reflects that I am an image-bearer of the Most High and I hope that as people gaze upon the beauty of the pieces that I create, that people will somehow feel cared for—that they’d feel loved.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you are unable to give but want to help, you can help by sharing the link to my campaign to help me raise funds!
Risks and challenges
One of the greatest challenges that I will face after my project is successfully funded is publicity: getting the word out about my art. You can help me by sharing the work that I am doing with your friends and family as I share my updates with you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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