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The first international exhibition for Song Byeok, a former North Korean propagandist who now paints freely in South Korea.
The first international exhibition for Song Byeok, a former North Korean propagandist who now paints freely in South Korea.
143 backers pledged $6,918 to help bring this project to life.

Song Byeok Departure arrives in Washington, D.C.


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Song on CNN, the D.C. Expo, and our New Site

Dear backer,

I'd like to update you regarding our ongoing work with Song Byeok made possible by your pledge a few weeks ago.  

The Washington Post published an article about Song's upcoming exhibit available here: Buzz is beginning to build, and we're confident about the exhibition’s success thanks to supporters like you.  

More good news: CNN: Talk Asia will air its interview with Song Byeok this weekend. Please find below the official press release with broadcast schedule and other information. 

In addition, Song Byeok's new website went live at: Visitors to the site can RSVP for both the expo and the lecture at:

I'm particularly proud of this website. What began as a blog has evolved into a legit site where supporters can purchase Song's art, watch high-quality video, and connect with others via multiple social-media posts. More important, we've created a digital home for Song Byeok's story and art. A very special shout-out to my colleague Hannah Barker, a former intern at a D.C.-based human rights non-profit who responded to my e-mail query for assistance on March 28, 2011, while I was still in Seoul. This shot in the dark one year ago paid off in a big way, and I'm honored that Hannah is the first member of our organization. 

Now SB-ATL Group is SB-DC, and we're proud to continue collaborating with our project partner, The Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (by the way, please message me if you're a DAPAAA as I've been asked to record participant numbers). 

Finally, thank you again for investing in our project. Our organization is committed to executing successful events next month, and we're excited about the opportunity to update you regarding our progress.


Gregory Pence

Director of Operations


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Thank you - "Song Byeok: Departure" arrives in D.C. this spring

Dear Backers: 

Song Byeok: Departure will arrive in Washington, D.C., this spring. 

The artist will present sixteen pieces to the public at The Dunes (, April 13-30. We are grateful to Ms. Deidree Bennett, The Dunes’ Managing Director, for providing Song Byeok the perfect space to showcase his art in the nation's capital. 

Two miles away, Johns Hopkins SAIS will host a Song Byeok lecture on April 12 coordinated by Ms. Jenny Town, a Research Associate at the U.S.-Korea Institute. We are grateful to her and the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS for sponsoring transportation of the artwork. 

The Peach State's generosity made this all possible.

Thank you to SB-ATL Group, a team of art lovers who executed the impossible and kept their promises to the public, including: Prof. Nicole O. Conrad, Mr. Matt Snyder, Mr. John Davis, Ms. Hannah Barker, Ms. Nana Lee, and Ms. Kay Um. Also, thank you to SB-Seoul members Ms. Megan Smith, Mr. Abhishek Joshi, Ms. Dawn Kang, and Mr. Branon Page for their hard work organizing Song Byeok events on the Korean peninsula. 

SB-ATL Group is proud of its ongoing collaboration with the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association 501(c)(3), our fiscal sponsor. Special thanks to Ms. Victoria Moy, Ms. Debra Liu, Mr. Fang Li, and Ms. Jennifer Liu. 

We are indebted to our community partners, including: The Goat Farm Arts Center, Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, The University of Georgia, Savannah College of Art and Design, Bang! Arts Management and Promotions, the Georgia General Assembly, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta. Special thanks to two Georgians in particular: Mr. Mike Luckovich, editorial cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Mrs. Helen Kim Ho, Esq., the Executive Director of the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, who graciously participated in a Kickstarter video that inspired 143 backers around the world to contribute to the exhibition, thereby enabling us to surpass our fundraising goal. 

We're also thankful to the press for all their interest and support, including: Global Post, The Washington Post, CNN, The Huffington Post, The Associated Press, Reuters, The DailyNK, Al Jazeera, Creative Loafing, The Georgia Asian Times, KoreAm Journal, The Korean Beacon, NPR, ArtsATL, KTN, News&Post,, The Korean Herald, The Korea Times, Burnaway, AtlantaChoson, ROKING, UGA's Red and Black, and Georgia Tech's The Technique

Finally, thank you to the many student groups (especially KSA, KUSA, and LiNK Chapters), parents, and other community members who supported our celebration of culture and history. 

All the best, 

Gregory Pence 

P.S. - Backer gifts began going out this week. If you have not yet sent me your mailing information, please do so whenever is convenient.

P.S.S.- Our organization remains grateful for your support. Hope to see you in D.C.! 

Expo Update + New Kickstarter Gift

Thank you to our amazing backers! With a few days left, we've crossed the 80% mark towards our fundraising goal of $6,500.

Opening night was a huge success with more than 500 people attending Song Byeok: DepartureNewsnpost published a video of the evening's events –– available here: –– and CNN will broadcast a 30-minute television interview with the artist on Talk Asia by the end of March. Multiple airings will reach approximately 280 million viewers

We're grateful to you and all of our community partners –– including The Goat Farm Arts Center, Emory University, Georgia Tech, Georgia State UniversitySavannah College of Art and Design and the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association –– for supporting the exhibition and SB-ATL Group. 

To meet our fundraising goal, we're now offering a new gift to our backers: the bundle, which includes two prints and 8 high-quality postcards, for $60. 

Thank you again for all your support!

Reward: The Prints

"Flower Children" print: (1' 10" x 2' 8"), w/ official seal.

"Take Off Your Clothes!" print: (2' 8" x 1' 10"), w/ official seal.

A portion of your contribution is tax-deductible courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA).

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