Friends of Leav, we’ve received tremendous support from you so far. Your generosity and diligent support have pushed us a long way up the mountain from our start in early February. But we’re still $8,000 short of our goal with under a week left in the campaign. We’re confident we can make it, though. Help get us to the top! Consider increasing your donation, and tell others about Leav, what it does, and how they can help continue its mission. We have a lot of amazing things in the pipeline, but they can’t happen without making this goal.
Need further incentive? Allow us to gratify you.
On this last Monday of our Kickstarter campaign, we have something very exciting to share. We’ve introduced you to all of the talented artists who will be the very first to populate the world of Leav with their works. And we’ve told you that the money we receive from this campaign will go towards funding the next wave of Leav artists. Now we’d like to introduce a few of those people whose works will be appearing on a city block near you within the next year.
Drum roll, please…
Andy is a Minneapolis-based artist, writer and arts administrator who has written about art, history, and culture for mnartists.org, Rain Taxi, Art Review and Preview!, Mpls. St. Paul, the Walker Art Center, and heavytable.com. He writes a weekly column on arts and visual culture in Minneapolis-St. Paul for MinnPost. His first book, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, was published by Coffee House Press in 2013. He's also exhibited work at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and The Soap Factory, as well as galleries in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Louisville. (http://www.andysturdevant.com/)
Emily is an Alaskan-born artist and writer who creates work through sensation, engaging audiences with their five senses in physical spaces and in the architecture and history of their environment. She is the director of Catalyst performance company. Her performance works have appeared in places as varied as the Coil Festival/PS122, Northrop Auditorium, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Walker Art Center. She has been a fellow and artist in residence at numerous organizations, including Robert Rauschenberg, MANCC, and McKnight, and received the 2012 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production, The Thank-you Bar, at New York Live Arts. She is currently a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota. (http://catalystdance.com/)
Grant is a songwriter, producer and composer whose prolific catalogue--raw in humanness and polished in electronic components--exhibits balance and experimentalism. He’s been the creative force behind such projects as Lookbook (City Pages' Best New Band 2009), Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords (First Avenue's Best New Bands 2010), and played multiple national tours, SXSW, and CMJ. His production and collaboration credits include Jeremy Messersmith, Aby Wolf, Solid Gold, Zoo Animal, the soundtrack for the film Stuck Between Stations (official Tribeca Film Festival selection 2011), the modern dance piece He & Him/She & Her (2012), and many other curated events and visual projects. (http://www.grantcutler.com/)
The Roe Family Singers
The Roes are a good-time, old-time, jangly, rip-roarin’ hillbilly band from the Mississippi headwaters community of Kirkwood Hollow, MN. Led by wife and husband Kim Roe (Best Female Vocalist, City Pages/Village Voice) and Quillan Roe (Accident Clearinghouse), the band blends characteristic old-time sounds of banjo, autoharp, guitar, and washboard with rock & roll urgency and influence. The Band has opened for Doc Watson and Del McCoury, the Grascals at the MBOTMA Winter Bluegrass Weekend, and Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur at the National Jug Band Jubilee in Louisville, KY. In 2011 the band was awarded the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and has previously won the title of “World's Best” at the 29th annual Battle of the Jug Bands. They can be heard every Monday night at the 331 Club in Minneapolis. (http://www.roefamilysingers.com/).
Pretty cool, huh? We’ll be announcing more names in the coming days too. These are the people who will benefit directly from your contributions, and the people you get to contribute to Leav. The pieces that all of these artist will be creating are still works in progress, but we’ll be giving you future updates on the nature of the projects and their continuing development.
The next five days are crucial, though. It’s crunch time. Our goal is within reach. We have a lot of support, and there will be more cool announcements later in the week concerning new artists and our insanely awesome launch party on June 14th.
Stay tuned. We’re almost there.
The Leav Team