Sam Paolini's Mural Mission

$1,620 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 12 months
I am on a mission to paint murals across America. I want to participate in underground arts communities like my own at home, while exploring the country, sharing my work, and challenging myself artistically. My goal is to share my experiences at Wrong Brain while learning from other DIY arts groups, creating and giving my art away, and meeting people with the same passion for local alternative arts and community.

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

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I am back home in New Hampshire, after the best trip of my life! I did 77 days on the road, completed 16 paintings, visited dozens of different cities, museums, venues, communes, residences, and installations, and made countless friends. I am back at Wrong Brain Headquarters in Dover, NH, compiling content for my zine about the Mural Mission. I am painting a mural here at WBHQ to complete the tour circle - it will be revealed on Friday, January 5, 4-8pm, along with some new and old original artwork, and the Mural Mission Zine release party! Please join me in celebrating the end of my trip .Thank you all so much for your support. I don't know what lays next in my art adventure - but I have definitely caught the travel bug and hope to continue creating and community outreach on the road some more.
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We're excited to announce that we'll be painting a mural at The Aquadome : a nonprofit, volunteer-run arts & music venue in Kirksville, Missouri, in early October! Before then we are waiting from confirmations from 3 different DIY groups from Queens, Brooklyn and Lancaster, Ohio.
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!
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We have successfully completed our first outdoor, on-site collaborative mural in Clinton, MA! The Maybarton Community Garden mural is the largest work both Adam and I have ever done! It took 60 hours each in 6 days, 8 gallons of paint, some help from the community, and lots of sunscreen. The experience of spending dawn til dusk in the community garden was amazing. We met so many gardeners, neighbors, families, and passers-by who all appreciated what beauty the garden has brought to their town. It was wonderful to be able to add to that beauty. Our design was meant to inspire happiness, highlight the bright colors of the garden, and give thanks to the many critters we found there. This first mural (technically still pre-mission, we don't leave for another month) was an excellent test for our tour. Working with the semi-disintegrating concrete walls was a challenge, but we adapted and learned how to use it. Part of the fun is interacting and adapting to each town and mural canvas - they'll all be different, and our artwork will reflect that!
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!
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Mural Mission Makin' it Happen ~ WE HAVE A VEHICLE! I had to get a loan, but I got the perfect ride for our trip: a mini van! It's super roomy and the seats come out. We have an air mattress in the back right now, and its starting to feel like home already. Got some new stickers on it, but I need more - especially our fav local spots / artists - to represent while we travel.
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.
Thank you!
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Thank you!
this is just ONE of the garden walls
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$1,620 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 12 months
Created June 1, 2017
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mary clemens
4 months ago

I met someone at a bar, and he said I reminded him of his friend Sam who did art with a group called wrong brain! that led me here, and i think what youre doing is super dope!! good luck gettin the $!

7 months ago
Eric Ott
7 months ago

Whoo Hoo!!!!

Sheri Livingston
7 months ago

Best of luck. It was lovely to meet you & enjoyed your visit. Sorry about the flat tire :) Safe travels.

Amy Larkin
7 months ago

So happy to see you bringing your amazing work and spirit to people everywhere!

Sharon Kilfoy
7 months ago

Hey Sam, I never heard back from you - Madison is getting kinda cold - but you are still welcome - you can stay at my place - I have an extra room

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