FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics), is a unique series of public dinners that use community support to provide micro-grants to artists, helping them bring their visions to life. A project of the Paseo Arts Association, the fourth Paseo FEAST event will take place on April 23, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Picasso Café, 3009 Paseo Dr, Oklahoma City.
At each FEAST, patrons purchase a $30 ticket that pays for dinner and a ballot. As the evening progresses, five different artists will present their proposals to the group and vie for votes. The artist receiving the most votes at the event is awarded a grant, with the amount depending on the evening’s ticket sales. Last year’s grants ranged from $700 to $1700 at our first three FEAST events.
Presenting artists will be: Narciso Argüelles, Maria Chaverri, Helen Grant (for OKC.NET), Geoffrey Krawczyk, and Stacey D. Miller. Argüelles will propose his project: Chicano X Chicano, which he describes as “Chicano cultural art made by a Chicano artist with a goal of education and community involvement.” The project will include paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and installation focused on Mexican and Chicano cultural icons.
Designer Maria Chaverri will present a collection of couture garments designed specifically for breast cancer survivors. Her work seeks to challenge retail measurements of femininity by working with individual women whose bodies have been changed by their struggles with cancer.
Helen Grant, managing editor of the local cultural website okc.net, aims to create a video project that brings together local musicians in celebration of the craft of poetry. Beginning during national poetry month in April, artists will be interviewed about how poetry inspires their work and will perform an original song based on their favorite poet or poem.
Krawczyk’s project Breaking Bread is an ongoing exploration of the complicated relationship between natives and non-natives in the state of Oklahoma. The project began as a performance action in the Concept/OK exhibition, conceived as a dialog between the artist, native volunteers, and the general public, but the reality of the action soon became a much darker expose of the stark divide that exists within Oklahoman culture. Krawczyk plans to expand this dialog through film and other media.
Printmaker Stacey D. Miller seeks to purchase specialized printmaking equipment through her project, which will also include the development of an open printmaking studio, meeting a need for printmaking facilities in the Oklahoma City arts community.
Ashley Griffith, owner of a.k.a. Gallery on Paseo and chair of the Paseo Arts Association’s FEAST committee explained that ”FEAST is a creative and inexpensive way for those who support the arts to help them directly. Particularly for young, emerging artists, this project can help them secure resources that will allow them to fulfill their creative visions.”
Where: Picasso Café
Address: 3009 Paseo