“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet.” –Banksy, British-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter
Five weeks ago, it was an idea. Now, OccupyArtJAX is a reality. Thank you to all of you who came out on Saturday to show your support for Chip Southworth (aka Keith Haring’s Ghost) Rikki and their family. The kick off to this new campaign for social evolution in our city was not only successful, it was incredibly awe-inspiring.
25 local artists and small business owners donated over 40 pieces of art, books and services to support this grassroots effort. We are deeply appreciative the commitment to your craft and this cause: Curren Lopez, Sharla Valeski, Toni Bravo, MF Deshonga, Alexis Lorvanna, Dan Davis, Desiree Davis, Yarn Bomb JAX, Cindy Platt Hammock, Chaz Back, Autrelle Holland, Mary Atwood, Tommy Armageddon, Jen/Chamblin’s Uptown, Tabbatha Roux, Rachel Cross, Anna Miller, Chip Southworth, Margete Griffin, Matthew Underwood, Josean Rosario, Vicky Thompson, Jason Wright, Tim Hartman, and John Glessner/Avondale School of Dance – yes, we are talking to each of you.
To Keary and Rebecca from Smorgasbord (#DTJax’s soon-to-be newest Entertainment Venue), we applaud you for opening up the space so that we could not only appreciate the amazing work donated for the evening, but also view some of the remaining work that ‘Keith Haring’s Ghost’ created. Rebecca went above and beyond to help make this event special – from helping with set-up to securing artwork. It is a powerful reminder of how important it is that we love one another, hold one another, and hold up one another during times of need (as well as times of celebration).
For the sonic accoutrement provided by Catharsis and Cry Havoc, THANK YOU, gentlemen for setting a soulful tone to the evening. Because of your dedication and deep understanding of the power music has to connect us to one another on a global scale, you added a sweetness to the evening that can only be found through harmonious vibration. We’d also like to give a special shout out to First Coast Audio Visual for contributing great sound and lighting which the music feel more rich and vibrant.
Without the help of Tracy Rigdon, our logo and flyers would not be as fly as they are, so thank you to a dear friend for the beautiful design. Your assistance in getting the word out about the event has been commendable. Joy Leverette, thank you for helping with the set up and for giving the space your unique attention to detail to help us bring everything together at the last minute!
To J&T Coffee Truck and Community Loaves for adding flavor and style to our event, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to let you how appreciative we are of your effort and contributions to the auction!
It is with deep appreciation that I also thank my co-creator, co-conspirator, and cohort, Chevara Orrin for her guidance, advice and assistance in this endeavor. And to my partner, S.P., thank you, my love, for every single way you support my madness and hair-brained 3’oclock in the morning ideas and schemes.
Last but not least, thank you to all those who attended, bid, donated, danced, conversed, and all-in-all showed mad love to our amazing community of artists!
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Peace, love and ART!