Okey's Promise: Art for a Cause

 
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Okey's Promise: Art for a Cause, named for a small rescued cat, is an initiative that brings awareness to an important social issue through creative, public art. An avid pet lover, anim... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Bz Tat 1 month ago

Dear Okey's Promise Keepers,

Finally, after long last, this project has been completed! As I mentioned in my last update, the project was scaled down since it did not come close to the original funding goal. Instead of creating an external mural to go on the outside of a building, I decided to make it a smaller piece that will go on the interior of a non-profit organization.

I also decided to make it a "Dialogues Mural", or a mural where community members are invited to participate in the creation of the artwork. This past weekend, I involved participants of the ArtsinStark SmArtSplash event in its creation. Children who came to the event helped me by creating drawings of their favorite pets, which I then glued into the background of the mural.

The drawings in the background create an effect reminiscent of graffiti, which was the intended concept from the beginning. It is a different look and a different approach for me, and it was a fun adventure to explore.

The mural will be donated to a Canton non-profit organization where it will be on permanent public view. My hope is that it will help to inspire and educate people about the necessity of keeping both children and animals safe in our world.

Thank you so much if you contributed to the campaign! Your donation helped me create a piece of art that helps keep the promise inspired by my rescue cat Okey - to ensure that animals and the people who love them have the opportunity to live safe and enriched lives.

 

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Updated posted by Bz Tat 2 months ago

Dear Promise Keepers,

This project has languished here for a long time, and I have decided to scale the project down since it did not come close to the original funding goal. Instead of creating an external mural to go on the outside of a building, I have decided to make it a smaller piece that will go on the interior of a non-profit organization.

I will be making this a "Dialogues Mural", and I will be involving participants of the ArtsinStark SmArtSplash event in its creation (March 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Street North, in Canton). Please join us if you can!

I will be offering the piece for display to a great non-profit organization when it is complete. Stay tuned for more info about that!

As always, thank you for your support. I apologize for the time it has taken to complete the project, but I expect it to be grand when finished!

BZTAT

 
 
 

Updated posted by Bz Tat 15 months ago

I have posted a new video about the new project. The video shares a bit about Okey's story and how Okey's Promise got started. It also shares some images from the first and second project and the sketches for the new project.

Please feel free to share the video as much as you would like. You can post it on your website or blog, too, if you are so inclined. You can get the embed code from YouTube here: http://youtu.be/34m8NAprKw0.

Thank you for helping keep Okey's Promise to make our world safer for children and creatures!

BZTAT

 
 
 
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Created by Bz Tat on July 23, 2012

Okey's Promise: Art for a Cause, named for a small rescued cat, is an initiative that brings awareness to an important social issue through creative, public art.

An avid pet lover, animal rescue advocate and child welfare advocate, Artist BZTAT uses her art to raise awareness to the connections between animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence.

Some say that domestic violence and child abuse are more important concerns to address than the needs of animals. Here is the truth.

When animals are suffering in society, children are too. When there is violence to animals, there is likely violence to children and others who may be defenseless.

Through public art, BZTAT attempts to bring awareness to important concerns facing animals, children and other vulnerable persons. By moving people with prominent images in the community, she hopes to move people to action on behalf of those in need in their communities.

Creating artwork that is highly visible to the community has a greater chance of connecting the dots for people. It is easy to ignore a fact sheet, but hard to dismiss a powerful public artwork that moves your heart and soul.

With this project, BZTAT plans to focus on the needs of homeless animals who often fall victim to abuse and neglect in our communities. Rather than focus on the ugliness of abuse and neglect, however, the art will focus on hopeful outcomes.

"We tend to ignore the ugliness of what we think we cannot change. perhaps images of a hopeful outcome will inspire people to recognize that they can work towards change." ~ BZTAT

This is BZTAT's 3rd Okey's Promise Project (see the other 2 projects here), and it promises to be the most creative yet! BZTAT plans to creatively transform the facade of a building with cats and dog, and possibly some other companion animals.

 

BZTAT intends to take a nondescript building in the hub of a town in Ohio (to be revealed later) and turn it into a creative masterpiece that opens eyes, hearts and minds.

As with her other projects, BZTAT plans to create murals on wood that will be attached to the exterior of the building.  A business owner has agreed to allow BZTAT to use her building as a canvas, and she is very excited to have the next Okey's Promise project grace her property!

The exact location of the property will be revealed after all the logistics and official schtuff that is required is complete. It is in the business district of a city in Ohio. The property owner is a very committed arts and animal enthusiast and will be a very solid partner for the project.

Funding for the project is needed to assist with the purchase of art materials, studio rent, costs of hanging the mural, and creative time spent painting the mural. The goal may seem large, but it is very costly to create public art.

“All money raised will go towards supplies for the project, studio rent, utilities and other expenses, and a small salary to compensate me as the artist for my work. This will be my “job” during the time I work on the project, and I will need to be compensated so that my needs and my pets’ needs are not neglected.” ~ BZTAT

Would you like to participate in the Okey's Promise: Art for a Cause movement? Would you like to be one of Okey's Promise Keepers?


Previous projects have all been crowd-funded with some grant assistance. We hope that you will join this project and be a part of the movement.

 

REWARD LEVELS:

 

All contributions of any amount are welcome and all contributors can proudly claim to be an Okey's Promise Keeper! Contributions at the below levels earn special rewards:

 

Pledge $5,000 or more and receive a 16" X 20" commissioned pet portrait of one animal; receive a special mention in an ebook for the project; receive free ebook for the project; be listed as a sponsor on signage accompanying the mural;  be listed as one of "Okey's Angels" at http://okeyspromise.com, and receive a commemorative bookmark and a personal thank you note from BZTAT and Okey.

Pledge $500 or more and receive a special mention in an ebook for the project; receive free ebook for the project; be listed as one of "Okey's Angels" at http://okeyspromise.com, and receive a
commemorative bookmark and a personal thank you note from BZTAT and Okey.

Pledge $100 or more and be listed as one of "Okey's Paw Pals" at http://okeyspromise.com, and receive a commemorative bookmark and a personal thank you note from BZTAT and Okey.

Pledge $50 or more and receive a commemorative bookmark and a personal thank you note from BZTAT and Okey.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

 
 
 
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Children and animals share the same vulnerability and capacity to love. Neither should suffer.

 

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BOOOOOTIFUL Okey, your mummy is doing wonderful things!

 

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