My name is Lewis Derogene but a lot of you may know me as PhenomenaLewis.
I'm a Black Female multi-media artist based in both CT and NY.
At the moment I am unemployed because of Covid-19 and am able to partially get by from selling some of my prints on my website.
Last year I applied for an art residency with Chateau Orquevaux in France for 4 weeks and received an acceptance email from them on July 21, 2020.
I'm super excited and really wish to go, but the cost and expanses may be a bit difficult for me to cover on my own.
I am fortunate enough to have a received a grant that covers a portion on the fee, however, I don't have enough for that and living expenses to be in this European country for 4 weeks straight; that would include travel fees, money for food, and last minute necessities or art materials.
This donation will help me to pay the rest of the $4500 fee and the rest will go to my round trip flight, train, uber and taxi fares, meals and any last minute materials and necessities.
This art residency will begin in late fall to early winter of this year so I hope to achieve my goal before then.
I'm creating this GoFundMe to ask for help so that I can jump over this virus and financial obstacle in order to grow as an artist.
This 4 weeks residency in Champagne-Ardenne region of France will be my first ever art residency.
I hope that you all can help no matter how small or big of a donation and I truly appreciate the support.
Much Love & Respect,
- Joellen Raderstorf
- Rodney Jones II
- Jessica Lee
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