The Festival of the New Black Imagination is about the future of black culture. It’s a forward-looking showcase for the great creativity emanating from the arts, culture, media and business that’s helping to expand notions of blackness in the 21st century.
The format’s simple: During the day on October 15, there will be conversations, panels and discussions. At night, there will be an afterparty featuring performances by some of the leading voices in progressive, black alternative music.
support will help ensure that this celebratory, provocative and inspirational
event actually happens. Right now, there
are no corporate sponsors to defray the cost of event production. But that hasn’t stopped us from assembling a
variety of voices and perspectives from people in the black creative community
who are pushing culture forward. In
their explorations of the complexities and nuances of life today, we see
examples of new ways to live, think and be. We want to give people the inspiration to be agents of cultural change. And we'll do this by providing a platform for those who are already thinking about--and creating--what's next in global black culture.
What We Need & What You GetThe goal here is to raise $20,000. The key areas of the budget I’m trying to cover:
- Basic production and marketing costs (venue rental, backline rental, event insurance, A/V equipment, etc.)
- Recording, editing and livestreaming of the event
- Paying the musicians who’ll perform
I’m really set on this last point. Making music is what musicians do for a living. I feel obligated to offer them something beyond a hug and our eternal gratitude.
Other Ways You Can Help
Many of you have already said that this is such a timely and relevant idea. If that’s really the case (and I think it is!), then don’t just donate, SPREAD THE WORD to your friends, family and networks. Please use the links above to post this campaign to blogs and other sites. Tweet about it. Post it on your Facebook wall. Tumble it. You get the idea. Even send your friends a direct email (if they’re into that kinda thing). Point is, you can be part of something fresh, exciting and timely!
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