Dust + Dignity is an educational experience promoting dialogue + advancing social justice through the exploration of the relationship between music and visual art. In March 2016, we will curate an exhibit featuring an audio tour with over 100 vinyl albums covers -- hand-selected by five of Philadelphia’s most prominent DJ-Vinyl Collectors: Cosmo Baker, King Britt, Rich Medina, Skeme Richards, and DJ Junior.
Today, we are experiencing an outing of the racial ignorance that has long existed in our city, country, and surrounding world. Born out this injustice and in response to the ignorance is art. In art, we find sound. Music keeps us together; it heals and connects -- it motivates and celebrates. Lyrics give life to our souls, the melodies align our hearts, and the rhythms stoke the fire our movements. Often-overlooked is the powerful connection between an album’s music and the accompanying album visual artwork that binds it all together. From Gil Scott Heron's "Moving Target" to Kendrick Lamar’s highly-acclaimed 2015 release, "To Pimp a Butterfly", the evolution of album artwork has transmitted the dynamism of music and social injustices. Curators: Bruce “DJ Junior” Campbell Jr. - recordbreakin.com, Angie Asombrosa- Cuurlzzz.com, Sarah Mueller - cineSPEAK.org, King Britt - kingbritt.com, Cosmo Baker - cosmobaker.com, Rich Medina - richmedina.com, Skeme Richards - hotpeasandbutta.com
WHAT IS THE MONEY IS FOR?
*Printed Promotional Materials: flyers, postcards, etc.
*Installation of the Exhibit: frames, signage, other necessary exhibit materials
*Documentation: hiring a filmmaker + still photographer
*Globe @ MICA Art Print: small run of letterpress exhibition poster
*Misc Event Supplies: paper goods and food/bev items that aren't donated
**IF we make our budget and/or exceed it, the organizers (Junior, Angie, and Sarah) will honor our artists with a modest stipend for their time and contribution to the cause.
Risks and challenges
The Dust N Dignity Production Team + Collectors are full of wildly passionate expert artist-educators, movers + shakers, world-class djs, artists, event planners, and long-term residents + lovers of our great city of Philadelphia.
We are all incredibly excited about the opportunity to bring this first-of-its kind exhibit and events series to our city. We know that it will bring together the rich diversity of our communities and showcase the vast treasures of these vinyl connoisseurs.
Thus far, this been a joyful journey and we can't wait to see it come fruition. We've been blessed with great support from local business owners, the Painted Bride, and the record collectors themselves. We know it won't be without challenges but we feel that we got this down. We'll keep you posted with updates all along the way.
In advance, that you for your support! We could not - would not do this without you. Much love, the D+D Team.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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