Okey's Promise: Celebrating the Human - Animal Bond
Okey's Promise: Celebrating the Human - Animal Bond
A public art project by Artist BZTAT to bring awareness to the links between animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence.
A public art project by Artist BZTAT to bring awareness to the links between animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence. Read more
About this project
I plan to create a large public artwork that will consist of several parts that can be assembled, disassembled, and reassembled for a traveling exhibit. The project will have a focus of raising awareness about the connections between animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence. The artwork will have a positive focus, featuring stories and faces of animals and people who have triumphed over the ugliness of violence.
I plan to create one overall artwork that consists of several pieces that come together as a whole. It will be a piece that evolves with bright colored imagery reminiscent of my previous pet themed creative endeavors, possibly employing collage elements with animal and human portraiture.
The size and scope of the project will depend on the amount of funding I receive. I have purposefully set the goal low to ensure that I get some funding, however, I hope to exceed the goal so that a more substantial work can be created.
Some say that domestic violence and child abuse are more important concerns to address than the needs of animals. Here is the truth.
When animals are suffering in society, children are too. When there is violence to animals, there is likely violence to children and others who may be defenseless.
Okey’s Promise, named for a small rescued cat, is a public art initiative designed to create awareness about the connections between animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence. Its purpose is to create six highly visible public artworks to bring the awareness to a national and global audience. (Watch the video for the first project that explains the genesis of Okey’s Promise.)
We must treat our animals well, in addition to addressing the needs of children and others in need in the community. Merely sharing the facts doesn't seem to get the point across, however.
Creating artwork that is highly visible to the community has a greater chance of connecting the dots for people. It is easy to ignore a fact sheet, but hard to dismiss a powerful public artwork that moves your heart and soul.
My hope is that this artwork will start a dialog about the combined issues of animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence. I have created a website and blog dedicated to the issue: http://okeyspromise.com/ to facilitate the conversation.
Will you help me get the dialog going?
This is my second project for the Okey's Promise: Art for a Cause initiative. The first project, funded by 85 Kickstarter backers, was recently completed and dedicated in the Canton, OH Arts District. My goal is to do six different projects along the same theme to create national and international awareness.
Funding is needed to assist with the purchase of art materials, studio rent, and creative time spent painting the mural. The funding goal is a minimum. Additional funding would be greatly appreciated to assist with other costs that will inevitably arise in the process. The more funding I receive, the larger the scale of the work, and the more impactful the artwork will become.
Each Kickstarter fundraising effort is designated to raise money for one project, however, "Okey’s Promise: Art for a Cause" is designed to be an ongoing initiative.
How exactly will the initial mural be raising awareness? How will people viewing the artwork know that it refers to the connections between animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence?
Images will be placed next to panels with words so that both tell stories of hope and resilience in the face of trauma.
The awareness raised through Okey’s Promise will hopefully lead to more focused and collaborative efforts within the community to address the issues related to animal abuse and domestic violence. The increased awareness within the community will lead to better identification of people and animals at risk, and hopefully, more support for targeted assistance to those in need.
According to the Kickstarter FAQ, it is “a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors.” Kickstarter is a start-up company that has received positive reviews from Wired, NPR, The New York Times, and other news sources. You can read more about https://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq
The money raised through Kickstarter will go towards supplies for the project, studio rent, utilities and other expenses, and a small salary to compensate me as the artist for my work. This will be my “job” during the time I work on the project, and I will need to be compensated so that my needs and my pets’ needs are not neglected.
Will any animal rescue or social service organizations be receiving any of the funds pledged Kickstarter?
No. Kickstarter specifically states that their service is to raise money for creative projects, NOT for general fundraising. They believe, as do I, that our world benefits from creativity flourishing in our communities, and they want to support artistic efforts that do not typically have opportunities to get funded.
I am not a nonprofit, nor am I directly affiliated with a nonprofit organization. I am simply an emerging artist who wants to make a living by doing good things for my world. Truth be told, the staff of most nonprofits make considerably more money than I do for the work that they do. Donations to nonprofits pay salaries and overhead; the same is true with a pledge to Okey’s Promise.
There are many ways to get updates. You can follow the Okey's Promise blog at http://okeyspromise.com/, follow the http://www.facebook.com/pages/Okeys-Promise-Art-for-a-Cause/181387448545606; and follow my https://twitter.com/BZTAT. You can also get updates on this page.
Please do! I would be happy to get the word out in any way possible. Please make sure that you credit any artwork and/or photos with “artwork/photo by artist BZTAT” and link back to http://okeyspromise.com/. I would also appreciate references to my main website http://bztat.com/. Thank you! Please http://okeyspromise.com/… if you need further information.
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