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Help bring a mural of hope to downtown San José.
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In Fall 2017, the San José Museum of Art will join forces with the acclaimed art collective The Propeller Group, renowned muralist El Mac, and award-winning children’s author and artist Christopher Myers to create a new permanent public mural in downtown San José. Monumental in scale, the mural will feature a single portrait of a young refugee. Join us in bringing this timely message of hope and empathy to San José—the capital of Silicon Valley and a sanctuary city that has long prided itself on its progressive politics and demographic diversity.

The Propeller Group has created public murals around the world as part of its ongoing project Vietnam: The World Tour (VNTWT). The collaborative project celebrates street culture and embraces opportunities to forge human connections that transcend national borders. Previous iterations have been presented in Saigon, Kabul, Singapore, Brisbane, Los Angeles, Paris, Lyon, and Amsterdam.

The mural is being created in conjunction with the first survey exhibition of The Propeller Group, which will be on view at the San José Museum of Art from October 27, 2017  March 2018.

Mural work-in-progress mock-up
Mural work-in-progress mock-up

Why is it important?

The international refugee crisis is one of the most urgent issues of our time, and a crisis that affects all of us, no matter where we live. In 2016 the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes was the highest it has been globally since World War II. A shockingly high number of these people are children.*  With California leading the way nationally in resettling international refugees, San José is a place where, for many, the difficulties of border crossing are a painful and ongoing reality.

The mural will bring a larger-than-life face of a refugee youth to a highly-visible wall of the Children’s Discovery Museum in downtown San José. The wall faces a city park and is visible from the freeway. It is the product of extensive and ongoing work by the collaborating artists.

For the past several months, children’s author Christopher Myers has been working directly with young refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea, and Mali. For years, El Mac has been creating heroic portraits of invisible people: everyday heroes, the elderly, the foreign, the immigrant. Under the auspices of The Propeller Group’s VNTWT, these artists are coming together to create an empowering image of hope and an ongoing reminder of the promise of global citizenry.

About the artists and institutions:

The mural is an unprecedented collaborative undertaking by the San José Museum of Art, The Propeller Group, El Mac, Chris Myers, Empire 7 Studios, and the Children’s Discovery Museum.

The Propeller Group
The Propeller Group

Established in Vietnam in 2006, The Propeller Group started as an open collective of artists and cultural producers who worked as an advertising agency by day and an art collective by night. Their work has been shown around the world in major art exhibitions, and a survey of their work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Phoenix Art Museum, Blaffer Art Museum in Houston, and now the San José Museum of Art.

El Mac
El Mac

El Mac is a renowned public artist based in Los Angeles who has painted murals all over the world. In his amazing portraits, he focuses on people who are made invisible by the media and renders them in his unique style, combining repeating contour lines, Turing patterns, and indigenous North American art.

Christopher Myers
Christopher Myers

Christopher Myers, an artist and writer based in New York, has exhibited internationally and is widely acclaimed for his work with literature and young people. Driven by the question--”what does it mean to be an artist whose work is rooted in the experience of global cultural exchange?”--he examines aesthetic bridges between cultures, classes, and geographies, and makes work in those in-between spaces.

The San José Museum of Art is committed to dynamic programming that reflects global perspectives, multidisciplinary breadth, and the creativity of the Silicon Valley. Located on the central city plaza in downtown San José, the Museum acts as a vibrant hub that enlivens the city center and offers programs appropriate to its location in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.

For the past decade, Empire Seven Studios has engaged artists in community revitalization and beautification through murals, pop-up shows, and gallery exhibitions in San José. Their seasoned expertise in navigating the logistical challenges of presenting art in the public sphere is invaluable to the success of this project.

The Children’s Discovery Museum—the site of the mural—exists to serve the needs of children, families, and schools as a center for learning and discovery in downtown San José.

What will your contribution support?  

The cost of this ambitious mural is above and beyond the SJMA’s budgeted funds. This Kickstarter campaign is the catalyst to rally the additional support needed to expand The Propeller Group’s exhibition from the galleries of the San José Museum of Art out into the larger community.

Your gift will radically enhance this exhibition project by providing a permanent contribution to San José’s public art scene. El Mac believes in this project and is generously donating his skills and time to make the mural a reality. As a donor to this campaign, you help fund his materials and equipment and provide modest housing during the month-long painting process. Your support will also help provide honorariums for project collaborators. 

Why Kickstarter?  

Kickstarter’s global reach and community building are consistent with the ethos of this project at every level. We are interested in engaging a global community because the artists creating this mural are known around the globe and they themselves are building a community of followers with connections that exceed geopolitical boundaries. Though the mural’s primary audience will be those able to see it in person in San José, we hope that the project will connect everyone who values the contributions of immigrants to our world.

Rewards:

Name recognition on Viet Nam The World Tour website ($5 or more)
Name recognition on Viet Nam The World Tour website ($5 or more)

 

Digital Wallpaper ($10 and $25)
Digital Wallpaper ($10 and $25)

 

VNTWT Sticker ($25)
VNTWT Sticker ($25)

 

San José Museum of Art Membership ($50 or more)
San José Museum of Art Membership ($50 or more)

 

Graphic tote bag ($75)
Graphic tote bag ($75)

 

Attend The Propeller Group exhibition opening reception ($100 or more)
Attend The Propeller Group exhibition opening reception ($100 or more)

 

Christopher Myers signed book "My Pen" ($150)
Christopher Myers signed book "My Pen" ($150)

 

A private tour of The Propeller Group exhibition at the San José Museum of Art ($250)
A private tour of The Propeller Group exhibition at the San José Museum of Art ($250)

  

Sketch of El Mac's limited edition print. ($400) See update 9.29.17 for details.
Sketch of El Mac's limited edition print. ($400) See update 9.29.17 for details.

 

  

Mock-up of The Propeller Group limited edition brass sculpture. ($400) See Update 9.19.17 for details.
Mock-up of The Propeller Group limited edition brass sculpture. ($400) See Update 9.19.17 for details.

 

Name recognition on the mural wall ($1,000 or more)
Name recognition on the mural wall ($1,000 or more)

 

Your name tagged in Saigon ($2,000)
Your name tagged in Saigon ($2,000)

 

Join The Propeller Group for a day on set ($2,500 or more)
Join The Propeller Group for a day on set ($2,500 or more)

* Beaubien, Jason. “5 Surprising Facts About The Refugee Crisis.” NPR, 20 June 2017, www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/06/20/533634405/five-surprising-facts-about-the-refugee-crisis.

Risks and challenges

Our primary challenge is to take a static work of art and build a dynamic community of both real and virtual participants around it.

Practically speaking, we also need to make sure we don't go overboard on shipping of rewards. Another risk would be rainy weather when El Mac is in San Jose to paint the mural. Please, no rain dances in October!

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    Join the Movement!

    Join the movement and receive name recognition on Viet Nam The World Tour website.

    Free a 1-day admission pass to the San Jose Museum of Art.

    Includes:
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    • Admission for 1 to San José Museum of Art (does not expire)
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    Upgrade Your Desktop

    Refresh your digital wallpaper with a signature design by The Propeller Group.

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    • Admission for 1 to San José Museum of Art (does not expire)
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    Stick Your Support

    Get your limited edition Viet Nam The World Tour sticker while supplies last!

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    • Viet Nam The World Tour Membership
    • Admission for two at the San José Museum of Art
    • Wallpaper for your desktop, designed by The Propeller Group.
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    Become a Member

    Join the movement AND the museum! Enjoy unlimited access to the San José Museum of Art for one year with a complimentary Individual Membership (for you + one guest).

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    Carry the Cause

    Tote your gear in syle with a limited-edition tote created for VNTWT's project, "Birds of No Nation," a collaborative mural between El Mac of Los Angeles and Shamsia Hassani of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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    • Admission for two at the San José Museum of Art
    • Limited Edition Tote Bag
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    Carry the Cause

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    • Viet Nam The World Tour Membership
    • Admission for two at the San José Museum of Art
    • Limited Edition Tote Bag
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    Attend the Opening

    Invitation to a private toast with the curator and artists before The Propeller Group exhibition opening and lecture at the San José Museum of Art on October 26, 2017.

    Includes:
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    • Viet Nam The World Tour Membership
    • Invitation to private toast @ The Propeller Group opening
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    My Pen

    Collect your signed copy of Christopher Myers' book, "My Pen."

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    • Viet Nam The World Tour Membership
    • Invitation to private toast @ The Propeller Group opening
    • Signed copy of Christopher Myers' children's book, "My Pen."
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    My Pen

    Collect your signed copy of Christopher Myers' book, "My Pen."

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    • Viet Nam The World Tour Membership
    • Invitation to private toast @ The Propeller Group opening
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    Go Behind the Scenes

    A visit and private tour of The Propeller Group exhibition at the San José Museum of Art with curator Lauren Schell Dickens (limit 6 guests per tour).

    Includes:
    • SJMA Membership (one year)
    • Viet Nam The World Tour Membership
    • Invitation to private toast @ The Propeller Group opening
    • Private curator-led tour of The Propeller Group exhibition
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    Artwork by The Propeller Group

    A limited edition artwork by The Propeller Group

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    • Limited edition original artwork by The Propeller Group
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    El Mac Limited Edition Print

    A very special, limited edition print by El Mac.

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    Bring the Mural Home

    Add this limited edition photograph signed by El Mac of the completed mural to your personal collection.

    Includes:
    • Limited edition photograph of completed mural
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    Your Name Here

    Your name (or the name of a loved one) will be included on the mural.

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    Your Name There

    The Propeller Group will tag your name on a wall in Saigon and send you a signed commemorative photograph.

    Includes:
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    Join The Propeller Group For A Day

    Invitation to join The Propeller Group on their next film shoot.

    Includes:
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