Here are answers to questions you may have about the HUExArts Launch Party project and vision. Watch the video again and feel free to share this blog with others!
All I know is I'm tired of accepting it and I know I'm not the only one. The arts have provided invaluable artifacts, soundtracks, wardrobes, culinary experiences, designs, and presentations to the masses throughout history. I want to be part of a solution to better integrate viable opportunities through the arts.
So what's "HUExArts"?
HUExArts is you. It's me. It's US. Honoring Urban Expansion through the Arts...
HUExArts is a collective of diverse, dynamic individuals invested in bringing forth the power of limitless creativity. The mission of HUExArts is to facilitate an effective partnership amongst art, education, and business sectors to engage youth, increase economic opportunities, and build sustainable communities globally.
What's your vision for this project?
Our vision is to present a dynamic community event that launches the HUExArts movement. The format is a multi-genre, multi-generational art and music community event. There will be a stage for featured live acts, an outdoor gallery, food, photo booth, and activities for families. We will be honoring and furthering urban expansion by bringing the community together through art. We see this as an opportunity to spark imagination, share resources, expand knowledge, and ignite ideas for leading us all toward a better future.
- Live music - An eclectic mix of hip hop, soul, reggae, R&B, jazz, and indie sounds
- Outdoor art gallery - Original artwork for sale by some of the Bay's most talented visual artists
- Activities - Face painting, trivia, sports, games, prizes, and more!
- Food - Delicous items for sale by the Bay's most craved gourmet food trucks
- Great People - Active hosts & the opportunity to meet cool people from all backgrounds & industries
- Photo booth - Take pictures with your family & friends and receive free prints!
- Social Aim - Be a part of the creative movement to expand opportunities for all community members
Where are you now in the project?
Things are moving smoothly with the planning process. I have communicated with the City of Emeryville and and other entities involved to "dot my I's and cross my T's" for this production & truly be able to build a solid platform for our community. I am the person leading these efforts (nostalgic of my years producing events as Marketing Director for UCLA's JazzReggae Fest and Hip Hop Congress Director). I'm very open to collaboration and have built a structure to make that relatively easy. This is about US, not me! =)
& What about the money? Will it be too late?
Money will go towards the Site/Facilities (city permits, stage set up, power generator, equipment, booths, tables, chairs, etc.), Insurance, Security (can never be too safe!), Supplies for activities, Outdoor art display materials, Decorations, Photo booth, Food & gifts for staff & performers, Printing, Prizes, etc.
Any money in excess of my goal will help provide a better experience for attendees at this event, pay featured performers, create a promotional video, and set up a comprehensive website for the HUExArts movement.
While some items have already been paid for to get the process rolling, I could really use your help to make sure we can afford to make this happen in alignment with the vision. I've been diligent with negotiating prices for various aspects of event so money will all be used effectively, giving everyone a part of the HUExArts movement to own and share.
So what now?
Pledge your support in any amount you can and tell a friend to tell a friend! Or hey, tell a stranger! All support is appreciated!
Have some ideas or want to get involved? -- Contact me here or Twitter @diaris. I'd love to hear from you and engage you to make this a great launch party, and the start of something even greater.