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An event showcasing innovative artisans (paint, illustration, graffiti) and DJs from Michigan's 7th district and the surrounding areas.
An event showcasing innovative artisans (paint, illustration, graffiti) and DJs from Michigan's 7th district and the surrounding areas.
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(First things first: Thank you in advance for your time. I'm thrilled that you stopped by and I hope that after after reading about DISTRICT 7, you'll want to become a sponsor [a fundamental part] of this project.)

WELCOME to THE DISTRICT:

I'm producing a one-night show highlighting the work of 12 artists from the Jackson/Ann Arbor/Flint, Michigan area. These artists are producing innovative and exciting work and the exhibit (entitled "DISTRICT 7") will expose the public to their collective talents. An amazing venue has been secured for the event - one that represents the industrial nature of Jackson, MI (where the show will be held) and celebrates the grit and edge true to street art. The space is 6k square feet and will be filled with sound from underground DJs, spinning house/dubstep/jungle and hip-hop. 

In an area greatly affected by the struggling economy, DISTRICT 7 is out to prove that its residents can triumph, thrive and produce beautiful sounds and images in the face of adversity.


THE BACKGROUND:

I moved to Jackson, Michigan from a Detroit suburb about a year ago. With the move came a lot of adjustment beyond just changing my address - since I'd already left my old job behind, it finally made sense to follow my passion and pursue painting full-time. Fast forward four months and I'd completed almost a dozen 3x4' - 5x5' canvases. I had already begun contemplating finding a gallery that would be interested in showing my pieces as a culmination of my months of work, but… where were the places to show? After visiting galleries and showrooms, nothing felt like it fit

I began brainstorming my version of a "perfect event": what it looks like, what it sounds like, what the vibe is. And if the goal is to expose the public to new work, I want to do it on a larger scale - and I want the work to not just be my own. So, I posted ads and I asked for submissions of artwork and the work I received BLEW ME AWAY. 

Suddenly, I was curating a show.

I recruited a small army of ex-colleagues, professors, working artists and friends to use as mentors. I talked to my PR contacts about writing press releases, promoters about marketing techniques, attorneys about required permits, print shop owners about print collateral, electricians about wiring requirements… I could fill page after page with the questions I posed, the advice I asked for, the favors I called in and the kindness, time and patience shown to me.

I wrote about 817 emails and made approximately 947 phone calls. I was told that Jackson, MI wasn't the right city for this kind of event… "You should try (insert city name here), they already have such an established creative community."
But… why?

I live HERE.
Talent lives HERE.

Cutting-edge art lives HERE.

And thus, out of the need for community expansion and from the brilliant minds of artists around Michigan's seventh region, DISTRICT 7 was born.

THE EVENT:
DISTRICT 7 is going to bridge underground street art/graffiti-writers/painters and graphic artists with the public. It aims to connect our insulated creative communities with artisans, musicians and patrons in the surrounding areas, strengthening our connections and expanding each in the process. 

WE NEED YOU:
I'd love to fund this event myself, I really would… and if it were possible to hawk enough paintings in the next month to cover the expenses, I'd probably die trying to do it. Unfortunately, even ventures backed by talent and fueled by passion must also have a funding source. The goal of raising $1,400 will help to cover the expenses of venue rental, a sound system, lighting, insurance and permits. 
(In reality, I'll need to raise just shy of $2,000 to pull this event off, so let's keep going once we hit the 1400 mark, shall we?!)

This is where we show the public our art.

This is where we introduce the community to our sound.

This is when we band together to create something new.

DISTRICT 7: This is where we LIVE.

Please check our Facebook page for updates and info! We'll be unveiling one D7 artist/DJ name + bio every few days from February 6 until the week before the event.

http://www.facebook.com/DISTRICT7art

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    An e-card designed by one of of the artists in the DISTRICT 7 collective.

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    A printed, personalized card designed by one of the artists and a vinyl DISTRICT 7 sticker.

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    All of the rewards above in addition to an official DISTRICT 7 tee, designed by one of the D7 artists.

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    All of the rewards above in addition to a special mention under our "sponsored by" section on 2,500 flyers and event web pages (you may elect to feature your company's logo, as well). Sneak preview of the show before it opens.

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    All of the rewards above in addition to a framed flyer/"DISTRICT 7 Official Sponsor" plaque for your home or office, your choice of a piece of additional event merchandise (apparel or prints, excludes original pieces).

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