Interactive Performance Fundraiser for Gig Artists

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UPDATE: We had our first three shows this week and they were amazing! Thanks so much to the artists and curators! We want to keep doing more of these and are in the process of trying to figure out how to keep paying the artists. Let us know if you have any ideas!

Any donations from this point on will go to future Cloud Cafe performances.

Thanks so much!

With the outbreak of COVID-19, freelance artists have been among the first people to feel the economic hit. Many artists have cancelled tours, postponed gigs, and don't know when they will be able to go back to work. There is no paid sick time, and very little infrastructure to support our creative economy in this challenging time.

We are raising money for artists to create "Cloud Cafe", a series of interactive performances via Zoom video chat. We are asking some of the most creative members of our communities to re-imagine the possibilities of Zoom, and utilize digital tools to create immersive, collaborative online performances. This is an opportunity to put money directly into the hands of artists, and allow them to keep making work. These events will engage audience members through guided poetry workshops, live drawing exercises, and Q&As, in addition to performances.

During chaotic times we turn to the arts for comfort and joy. It offers the potential for healing and togetherness during a moment when public health officials are urging "social isolation." Let's help these artists help us through this difficult moment!

Our first three events will occur this coming Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (March 22, 23, 24) at 6 PM. Each night will be curated by a different Boston based artist--all of whom have been forced to cancel gigs and tours to protect the community from COVID-19. They are poets, performing artists, musicians, visual artists, teachers, parents, and more. Each curator will hand-pick members of their community who have been directly impacted by the pandemic to build creative performances that bring people together to heal and find joy.

We have set an ambitious goal to raise $10,000 to give directly to artists. We are still putting together our performance lineup for the three nights, but expect to have 10-15 artists perform. We are hoping to give each artist and curator $150-$400 for their participation, and the exact amount will vary based off of need. Additional funds will go towards organizing more performances and paying the artists up front.

The three curators are:

Sunday, March 22
Katytarika Bartel
(they/them) is an artist, educator, and organizer based in Lowell, Massachusetts. Katytarika is a queer, mixed race Thai-American photographer and award-winning filmmaker interested in shining light on spaces of in-between. Katytarika is fiercely passionate about making photography more accessible, letting young people do things, and the color yellow. Katytarika is an arts educator and co-founder of the Boston-based art collective ANGRY ASIAN GIRLS, which works actively in the community to promote and uplift the narratives of APIA young folks. 

In a harrowing time of increased uncertainty, Katytarika is feeling the full effects of being a freelancer at the intersection of arts and education. At the same time, they have never felt a stronger sense of community, resilience, and passion to create new in the spaces that we have experienced extreme loss. They are grateful for the use of technology to bridge those spaces. 
IG: @katytarika @bykatytarika 
Venmo: @katytarika 

Monday, March 23
Yara Liceaga-Rojas
is a queer Afro-Caribbean Puerto Rican mother, poet/writer, performer, cultural manager, and educator. Brother Thomas Fellow. Her projects revolve around the visibility of marginalized subjects. She's the curator/coordinator of the multidisciplinary art series Poetry Is Busy and has led the projects 'Acentos espesos/Thick Accents' for Creative City 2018 and 'El despojo: ¿Alguien ha/Has Anyone? for Live Arts Boston 2019. Her latest book, "Hacernos el adiós" was published by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture.
Twitter & Instagram : @liceagayara
Facebook: @yaraliceagarojas , @poetryisbusy
Venmo: @yaraliceaga

Tuesday, March 24
Grace Givertz is a Boston based indie folk singer songwriter. With a large voice packed into a tiny body, Grace pairs her witty and honest lyrics with various instruments to bring a refreshing sound to folk.

Grace had a 6 city tour planned, which had to be postponed/canceled. She has a weakened immune system due to chronic illness, including severe asthma. Her doctor has had her self quarantining since last week, which has prevented her from going to both her full and part time jobs. “There is an immense amount of gratitude I have for the community of artists in Boston and beyond. It makes me feel so safe to know I am not alone. I’m glad I still get to bask in the art of my talented friends, even if I can’t get to the gig.”

Cash app, Venmo , Instagram : all @gracegivertz

Flyer art by Lily Xie

All proceeds will be withdrawn from GoFundMe on Wednesday, 3/25. The money will be distributed among the artists and curators. If we raise over $3000, additional funds may go towards paying future Cloud Cafe performers and curators. We will only start saving money for future performances after all of the current artists are paid generously.

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  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 12 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 12 d
  • Cristin Canterbury Bagnall 
    • $20 
    • 13 d
  • Suzy Axelson 
    • $30 
    • 13 d
  • Ariel Zweig 
    • $15 
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Derek Schwartz 
Jamaica Plain, MA
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