Help support educational programming at our new Psylodelic Gallery!
While constructing the Psylodelic Gallery, a museum that focuses on the music, art, culture, and literature of the Psychedelic era, we quickly realized that we had the ability to do so much more than display art--that we could make it. It is with these same ideals of free and creative expression that were so integral to the psychedelic movement, that we begin this project--a chance to inspire and foster life and art in a place that so desperately needs it. We are turning to you to help us in this endeavor, with your support, we will work to promote and improve arts education in our area and to continue to remind people just how influential the psychedelic era was and is to our world. Thank you for your time and interest in helping us turn a grain bin into a catalyst for change.
Though our displayed works will be ever-changing and evolving, the gallery will include installations like: show posters from some of the best-known acts of the decade, clothing and jewelry worn at events like Woodstock and on national television performances, original photographs and art prints, and much more.
One of our main goals in programming, however, is to include pieces from the community. This includes items that people may have in their own personal collections to loan to the Gallery, but also consists of audio and video recordings of experiences people had during the psychedelic era. We have worked to compile some of these stories already, and are continuing this process of building our "storyboard" fixture and a video wall of these recordings to be a permanent element here at the Psylodelic Gallery.
Our Proposed Programs:
Guest Lecturers and Speakers
- A series of events to take place at the Psylo, these presentations will include artists like Wes Wilson known for his Fillmore posters commissioned by Bill Graham, along with musicians, writers, and other influences from the psychedelic era.
- Our aim is for our patrons to experience an authentic point of view from the time and to shed a little more light on the pieces displayed at the Gallery.
Collaboration with Local Schools
- It is the intention of the gallery to collaborate with local schools and provide support for field trips and projects on the art, music, literature, clothing, and jewelry of the 1960's.
- This would also include contests for students like protest posters, photography, Art Nouveau style drawings, etc. to be be displayed at the Gallery with a monetary prize or scholarship for the winners.
"Found Art" Projects
- Allowing patrons to create their own unique pieces of art based on or using a piece from the gallery.
- Using a wide range of mediums, these workshops would incorporate unrelated or "found" items and turning them into pieces that reflect the era or one's own interpretation of psychedelia.
The VW Beetle
- Using the shell (just outer body and wheels) of an authentic 1960's Volkswagon Beetle, patrons would be encouraged to add their own flare to what has become known as a trademark of the era. This ever-changing piece would be a permanent feature of the grounds of the Gallery.
- The Psylodelic Gallery would provide any and all art supplies for this ongoing project.
- Films, concert footage, and a liquid light show that would take place at the Psylo for all age groups. These free events would be monthly or quarterly evening presentations that would be similar to our concerts here at the Ranch with food, parking, and seating available onsite.
Video and Audio Storyboards
- Patrons can record their own experiences from the 60's including stories from Woodstock, the Altamont Music Festival, protests, or simply what it was like to live in this area in the 1960's with all of the change fueled by the Psychedelic scene erupting around them.
- This will be a continuing project that patrons of the museum as well as people from all over the country will be encouraged to contribute to either by sending an audio clip or short video. Videos will be played on the media wall on the main floor of the gallery as well as compiled and shown as a movie for our "community nights".
- An audio wall or "storyboard" will also be available to showcase more of these authentic stories. The audio wall will also include recordings of concerts, interviews, and albums.
- A fully-functional photo booth to be placed in the gallery that will allow patrons to take photos of themselves as if they are in any number of places with specialized backgrounds like San Francisco, Woodstock, concerts at the Fillmore, peace rallies, and even onstage with their favorite Psychedelic bands among other options.
- These Photos will be displayed (with the permission of the patron) on the media wall in the gallery as well as being sent to the patron to keep.
- The photo booth also allow for patrons to film themselves or record their experiences right here at the Gallery
Psychedelic Non-Newtonian Liquid
- Using the beat of the songs and the combination of cornstarch, water, and food coloring over a plastic-wrapped speaker, this "non-newtonian" liquid transforms right before your eyes.
- This hands-on project really helps children and adults alike to not only connect to the music that shaped a generation, it allows them to turn it into a living sculpture.
- The Psylodelic Gallery is always looking to expand and create new projects and programs in order to help boost and support the arts and arts education in our area. Programs such as these, as well as many others will always be a part of the Psylodelic Gallery and the Fur Peace Ranch Center for Art and Culture as we look to further improve and bolster the arts in Southeast Ohio.
Embryonic Journey- Hot Tuna Live
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest challenges in this programming is simply reaching our audience. It is already clear that given the economic background of the area, that travel and awareness could present its own set of issues for our patrons.
Some solutions are already present in our proposed programming-- specifically in the collaborations with the community. By reaching out and taking the gallery to the people, our educational programs are certain to connect with our audience.
Other precautions to ensure the success of our programming would be through advertising and communication within the community--something that the Psylodelic Gallery has a unique advantage over because of the business that fuels it--The Fur Peace Ranch Center for Art and Culture. The Ranch provides the Gallery with a perfect platform for both public relations as well as an existing fan base to not only spread the word about the Gallery, but to bring new patrons in.
As a well-established contributor to the local art scene and community, The Fur Peace Ranch Center for Art and Culture has already proved itself as the leading source of art and music in the area, and plans to continue its positive impact with the Psylodelic Gallery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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