Contemporary Artist Asks for Donations

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Artist: Troy Ramos ( www.arthouse43.com/troystar )
Goal: Raise $500 for materials, setup, travel and promo for exhibit of new art work 
New Work: "Connections" is a new sound/light installation
Where: ArtHop in Kalamazoo, MI
When: Opens March 1, 2019
Support: www.gofundme.com/arthopconnections  or www.arthouse43.com/donate  (that's my site!)
Hello! I’m Troy and I’m a composer, artist and curator. I create sound, light and video installations for art spaces (galleries, museums and art shows). I’ve won grants, awards and often get paid to do art... it’s almost my job! (Slowly getting there!) You can check out work I've already done here: www.arthouse43.com/troystar 

I’ve got a new sound and light installation for an art event called Art Hop in Kalamazoo, MI. I was asked by a friend and colleague to create a new work in his space for this event. I need support to help pay for materials to create this work and install it, for travel costs so I can be there to set it up and be there during the event, and for promotional costs so that people know it's happening. I’ve recently been awarded a $500 grant for this project by the Kalamazoo Arts Council to help make this art work happen. Hooray! It’s a matching grant, though; meaning, I have to raise $500 to match their contribution. That’s why I’m here on Go Fund Me, to ask for your support!

Your support, anything you can give, would mean everything. It would also mean that a brand new art work will be created, exhibited and will allow art lovers in Kalamazoo a chance to interact with my work. It’ll be a great experience for me and will hopefully be a positive experience for the Kalamazoo community.

This project has a VERY tight timeline. The art show is March 1-2, 2019. I would need to buy materials by mid February (at the latest) and then have travel costs ready and begin setting up on Feb. 25.  I need your help to make this happen!

Here's a timeline overview of the project:
Jan. 2-Feb. 1: Planning begins/Testing of  materials begins.
Jan. 8: Meeting at the space in Kalamazoo.
Feb. 10-17: All materials must be purchased. Accommodations for setup/opening night should be reserved.
Feb. 25-28: Installation at 225 Rose begins.
March 1: Opening Night. Project is unveiled.
March 2: Exhibit continues for an extra day.
March 2-3: Teardown of exhibit.
And here's a description of the work, which is titled "Connections":
Project Narrative
Every installation I create, every art show I have, makes me a better artist. I create works which function like contemporary art that you can walk into. The experience of having a full body and mind interaction with the art is, in some ways, the art work itself. 
This artwork, Connections, creates a sense  timelessness for observers. The work will be in its own room, with a visual display of minimalist lights and a new sound-art work playing on speakers throughout the room. The space itself is part of the experience. My work is about creating calm, reflective environments which allow us to question everything we think about art and existence. Visitors are encouraged to use this space however they wish and to stay for as long as necessary. This work is about the interaction with art being the art itself, in many ways. It's a platform for visitors to experience themselves and the universes around them.

This project will be created, organized, curated and implemented by the artist/applicant Troy Ramos. This is a new art work and will be premiered at opening night on Art Hop on March 1, 2019 at Arcadia Commons at 225 Rose St. in downtown Kalamazoo. Thank you! Please support my work, it would mean everything!
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Hello all!!

Well the unveiling of my new sound and light installation, Connections, went awesomely well! It was a really good turnout and I had a lot of very positive feedback from visitors. I think the overall interaction between the artwork and the visitors was fantastic and encouraging.

Thanks again for all your support, I could not have done this without your contributions. Your support, as always, means everything. Here are some photos of the work, as well as a final video I put together of the work. Video: http://www.arthouse43.com/troystar/2019/3/5/video-released-of-connections-blue-by-troy-ramos

Please let me know if you have any questions. I really look forward to the next art show and have a lot of work to do. I have a few submissions due this month, so fingers crossed! Please take care of yourselves and please also follow my future work and projects, as well as future Go Fund Me campaigns. Instagram: @troystond Twitter: @MrTroyStar and Facebook: @soundsliketroy. www.arthouse43.com

Thank you, my friends, and here’s to a great 2019 for all of us!
Troy Ramos
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It's getting close! Any support would be awesome! Last chance, my friends!
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Show is drawing nearer! Taking some chances. All I can say is: aluminum extrusions + virtail. Hopefully there will be the right glow (this stuff isn’t cheap yo!). But everything is coming together, slowly but surely.

If you’re seeing this and haven’t contributed to the campaign, please consider doing so! Show is March 1!

#ArtHop #Connections
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This is the room where my work will be. This entire exhibition space is several rooms connected via a few twisty hallways. I have my own space, of course, and I believe so do two other artists. The other artists will share some wall space.

After taking pics, the design of my sound and light install is DONE!! I've got the blueprint and the layout/concept is good to go. The materials still need to be purchased and there is work to be done! The lights themselves, aluminum extrusions, paints for the aluminum extrusion covers and, of course, the time to prep all this and create the sound art work.. all this needs financial support. So PLZ consider donating anything. Your support means everything!

I will keep giving you updates and working to get this funded. Thank you, everyone! We're doing this together!

Much love,
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