Sam Paolini's Mural Mission
I am an artist, teacher and community organizer from Dover, New Hampshire. I run Wrong Brain, a nonprofit arts group aimed to provide opportunities for unconventional and under-represented arts through publications, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, craft fairs, public arts projects, CD compilations and more. I have helped publish 20 zines and comix, host over 100 events, and boasted participants in the thousands. I am crowdsourcing so I can offer my services to small, DIY and nonprofit organizations for free or in exchange for housing and food. I want to share my artwork and knowledge of community organizing and publishing, while learning from other groups along the way. I believe that DIY and underground creative groups are the heart of our culture and a vital support network for the underdogs of the establishment.
I'll be documenting my adventure on paper, to create a zine that will illustrate my personal experiences and artwork, but also highlight the unique communities and people who host me. I hope to provide networking for other creatives who want to participate in independent, activist creative communtities across the states; inspire artists to be self-reliant, motivated, and reach out to their peers; and show appreciation for the volunteers who spend countless hours providing space and opportunities for emerging and underground creative people to share their work.The funds I raise will go towards travel costs, gas, and emergency repair fund. Any extra money will go towards printing zines and shirts to bring on the road, art materials and tools. While I ask that our hosts donate some larger materials (gallons of paint, rollers and pans, buckets, rags, drop cloths), I will be bringing smaller, more managable materials in the car: brushes, paint markers, sketchbooks, painter's tape, etc.
Each place I visit, I'll paint a mural on whatever surface offered: wall, banner, panel, staircase, floor, furniture, etc! At the choice of my hosts, I'll also provide: public lectures and Q and A's about my artwork, Mural Mission, community organizing, publishing, or illustrating; community collaborations; workshops; interviews; and live viewing of myself painting. Each destination and community has different needs and limitations, so I am flexible with my Mission to each place. Community participation, outreach, and education will be my priorities; alongside expanding my individual artistic abilities, style and content through the adventure.~ The Tour, still booking!~
Sept 18-21: Collective-A-Go-Go, Worcester, MA
Sept 22-26: Locust Street Art / Silo City, Buffalo, NY
Sept 27-30: The Fire House, Lancaster, OH
Oct 1-6: The Aquadome, Kirksville, MO
Oct 11-12: Crema, Denver, CO
Oct 14: Mutiny Info Cafe, Denver, CO
Oct 17-21: The Yonder House, Portland, OR
Oct 28: 23rd Hour House, Los Altos, CA
Oct 29-31: The Downtown Dungeon, San Diego, CA
Nov 1-6: BICAS, Tuscon, Arizona
Nov 22-26: Meadow Collective, Liberty, TN
Nov 27-30: Baltimore, MD
Dec 1-6: Providence, RI
With less than a month before we leave, we've been super busy working double shifts trying to save up as much as we can; sending out endless emails booking mural stops; and designing the rewards for our fundraiser campaign.
Ok, back to work! Phew!
We're home for another month before we leave, and it's back to the Internet to keep booking. Send us your ideas for organizations to hit up around the country! We need some help!
Still working on booking, and my nicely planned out schedule is starting to feel daunting. Flexibility is key... We'll go anywhere in North America - we're getting our passports right before we take off. Tell your friends about our mission - we'll come paint for them!
August has lots of Art Stuff happening for Adam and I : exhibition at Adelle's in Dover, exhibition at Portsmouth Music and Art Center, and a HUGE mural at the Maybarton Community Garden in Clinton, MA. It's gonna be a busy month!
You can support our mural tour on Gofundme (and get stuff like stickers, shirts, zines, postcards, artwork etc) or you can grab some original artwork at our exhibits next month.