I’m an emerging artist in Portland, Oregon. After receiving my studio art degree in Asheville, NC, I had the opportunity to spend time at Penland School of Crafts as a studio assistant. The artist I worked with suggested that I explore myself and community through residency as a way to discovery in my art practice. I’m taking her advice!
I have been accepted as an artist-in-residence at the Abetenim Arts Village near the city of Kumasi in Ghana for November 2013 through the non-profit organization NKA Foundation. As a resident, I will learn West African dance in the Ashanti region with community members and incorporate that dance into a landscape related video project.
Art and travel shifts perspective for me immensely. Not only will I meet new people and dance, but I hope to create something that will lay the groundwork for others to have a perspective shift as well. The NKA Foundation brings international artists to a rural community so that we can share our experiences with each other and grow. I am responsible for raising 100% of the funds for this amazing experience.
I could do this for $3,000. Here’s where the money will go:
$1,500 airfare, $300 lodging/food costs, $600 vaccinations/visa, $600 fees/supplies
Any and all support is most appreciated! Not only will you have my absolute appreciation, but you will also receive different perks that range from a personal, hand-written postcard from Africa to producer credit in the final video with a public thanks from NKA Foundation. Everyone who contributes will be included by name in a thank you on my blog.
Please spread the word! You’re awesome. Thank you!