TC Community Album: The Art of the Revolution

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46 year old Black neighbor, George Floyd, was murdered on Monday, May 25th during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill at Cup Foods by Officer Derek Chauvin while Officers J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane further restrained Floyd and Officer Tou Thao prevented bystanders from intervening. We know all too well the harmful and malicious narrative America has created around the spaces a black body can or can't sit, can and can't hold space, can and can't take up space, can and can't be radicalized, can't JUST BE. We are often criminalized before we can speak and know that this continued cycle of violence against Black people from the police needs to end. 

In response we are making a community lead and politically charged album called, "The Art of the Revolution," that will launch February 2021. This fundraiser is also part of a Covid relief fund designed to help the artists featured who have lost work also regain finances while assisting during a revolution and uprising centered on police reform. 30% of the album proceeds will go to a charitable foundation of each band’s choice and 70% will go to artists.

Featured Artists on Album:

- Queen Drea
- EJ Easley and Dominic Tinnel (Dnic)
- Joe Davis
- The Smokes (Matt Slater and Himes Joon Yer)
- Mrs. Pinky & the Great Fox
- Jacques Elates-Joss and Dumont Doumbe (Douala Soul Collective)
- Kashimana Ahua
- Rebecca Nicholson
- Brandon Pulphus
- Hassan Shahid 

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June 13th (Saturday), my household curated a George Floyd and Black Lives Matter fundraiser and community concert that included Black arts organizers from all over the Twin Cities that were black women, African immigrants, soul shifters, and hood healers, including Douala Soul Collective, Joe Davis + Imani Waters, The Smokes, LVNDSCVPES, members of Mac House, Kashimana, Gully Boys, and more. We received overwhelming support and were able to make this a healing space that included donations for PPNA, Pillsbury House Theatre, The Cedar Cultural Center from our home on 35 and Chicago, 3 blocks down from the now George Floyd Plaza on 38th and Chicago. 

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Artists after the show were so excited for the creation of a healing revolutionary space that we wanted to continue the momentum by providing Black and Brown artists in the Twin Cities their own politically charged community album detailing their experience with the current economic and political climate. My roommate/co-coordinator, Joshua Koepp and I have been building programming initiatives around DIY spaces and cultivating creative content/utilizing our resources to help artists in the era of a simultaneous uprising around police reform and a global pandemic.  

The "Art of the Revolution" BIPOC Community Album is an entirely community lead and community driven team including recording/mixing/mastering engineers like Rob Hagen (musician in the band Honeydick), Holly Hansen (curator of t.e.e. and musician in Zoo Animal), Willow Waters (sound engineer at Moon Palace Books, guitarist in Sister Species) and filmmakers like, Ryan Stopera (filmmaker at Free Truth Media), Nathaniel Nelson (videographer at Treedome), and Rachel Knoll. 

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As we get closer to the projected launch date (Feb 2021) we will also be selling stickers and prints of the community album cover art from our roommate/visual designer and Cedar Commissions grant recipient, Beatriz Lima.

Help us create more arts programming that is for us, by us, and centering our stories!

Detailed below is a synopsis of each engineer and videographer’s workload and a budget for each artist’s labor:

There is a rotating list of talented videographers/photographers/and general media aficionados who are contributing to the making of this album. Super thankful to have them on our DIY team of punk studio album bandits.

Recording Engineers:

Rob Hagen (musician in the band, Honeydick and Doc Robotiks)

Recorded 3 hour sessions for:
- Mrs. Pinky & the Great Fox
- The Smokes

Recorded 2 hour session for:
-
Queen Drea
Hours of Labor:
24 hours
Budget:
$600

Joshua Koepp
(co-coordinator for distribution/legal/finances for community album and previous member of Honeydick)

Recorded 3 hour sessions for:
- EJ Easley and Dnic
- Joe Davis Jacques and Dumont
- Kashimana
- Rebecca N.
- Brandon Pulphus
- Hassan Shahid
Hours of Labor:
30
Budget:
$850

Mixing Engineers:
- Holly Hansen ($200)
- Max Altmark ($200)
- Kaia Rose ($200)
- Willow Waters ($200)
Total Budget: $800

Videographers/Photographer

Rachel Knoll
Recorded 6 hour live stream George Floyd and Black Lives Matter fundraiser
Recorded 3 hour sessions for:
- Queen Drea
- Kashimana
- Rebecca Nicholson
- Budget:
$600

Nathaniel Nelson
Recorded 3 hour sessions for:
- Mrs. Pinky & the Great Fox
- EJ Easley and Dnic
- The Smokes
- Brandon Pulphus
- Joe Davis
Hours of Labor:
40 + Video Editing
Budget:
$500

Ryan Stopera
Recorded 3 hour session for:
Jacques and Dumont
Budget: $200

Donations

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  • Clara Younge 
    • 30 $ 
    • 1 d
  • Liam McLaughlin 
    • 10 $ 
    • 1 d
  • Anjali Madhok 
    • 30 $ 
    • 3 d
  • Leila Awadallah 
    • 15 $ 
    • 3 d
  • Caroline Ogletree  
    • 20 $ 
    • 4 d
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Fundraising team: Art of the Revolution (3)

Taylor Seaberg 
Organizer
Raised 160 $ from 3 donations
Minneapolis, MN
Maddie Thies 
Team member
Raised 355 $ from 7 donations
Kashimana Ahua 
Team member
Raised 40 $ from 2 donations

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