The exhibition is up and the artist talk was well received. Currently producing a remastered version of the artist talk, since the broadcast had ended abruptly. Everyone involved in the broadcast will receive a high definition copy of the talk. Thank you to everyone who participated, and if you have not been to the exhibition, come visit before the end of the 17th.
From the first time the idea of this exhibition came into thought to this weekend, I have been contemplating about the statement I wanted to make with this exhibition. Funny enough, even to this point it is difficult to really convey what the exhibition is about. It’s a multifaceted exhibition centered around the main theme of identity and how to navigate through it.
The idea of the exhibition came to thought while I was brainstorming a series of exhibitions to do produce for the following years to come to build on my career as a curator. Despite that I chose the wrong educational path for a curator, I still remember the advice one of my mentors gave me when I was interning at the Greenhill NC. Edie Carpenter had told me “If you want to start your career path as a curator, you’re going to have to put on shows.” As I was writing ideas down, I thought about my current position in life, the artists I have met and the inspiration I received from them. I thought of my difficulty finding a full-time position in the arts administration field and this growing anxiety of having to prove myself again while feeling like my proof should have been apparent. I thought of all the artists while writing ideas down and felt there was some familiar detail about them.
_______hood Took a year to plan, prepare, and produce. During the months as I was securing the location, preparing the marketing material, and talking to be artists about their work, I could not help but feel like I was getting closer to that familiar detail about them. It wasn’t until after I started installing the work in the gallery that it came to realization. Despite the amazing achievements these artists have made already, they are still considered “emerging “artists.
I’m surprised they are not in the same position as Jordan Castille Who is currently being exhibited throughout the East Coast and further during in shortly after her time in graduate school at Yale. The content of the work is drastically different, in my opinion, but their content’s qualities are close to the finest. In my mind, each of them are still trying to prove themselves repeatedly to “climb up the ladder” and closer to theor dream. It’s is this reason, I believe, as to why I started the brand in the first place. I wanted this brand to help artists by providing them a platform and resources from the administrative aspect to help them excell to their dreams which often is making our pursuing the ideas that inspire them.
Earlier, it made sense to use emerging artists with already profound ideas and have made a remarkable impact with their work already get into the community so they serve to further elevate the awareness of what they’re doing inspire others to support them. It just so happens that the themes in the content that inspires their creativity relates back to identity in some aspects. I wanted this exhibition to be an experience for people to reflect on the concept of rite of passage, and what it means to be the identities that we hold. This concept matter to me, and I think it matters to many others, because this is an open dialogue leading to answering the following question
Is my destiny truly in my own hands and at my own disposal, or is my fate already predetermined and I’m giving the illusion of choice?
If my destiny is based off my character and identity, and if I am capable of changing my identity, at what point does my density change and what defines that changing experience?
Is it my actions soly, or is it something more?
Each of these artists handle identity differently. Some explore, others question, others challenge and redifine the factors and circumstances that we allow to define us. In regards to my brand’s mission and vision, it is one of my objectives to inspire a community to take action inspired by art and the conversations they spark. My question is, how can we move forward as a community to better outcomes?
All of these things orbit my thoughts as I slwrite this official curator statement.
At 2:00 PM, we are going to live stream the artist talk on Saturday. This is a form of community engagement to reach out to audiences who may not be able to physically attend the exhibition. Below is the link that you click on at that time.
Like any creative production, the challenge is “how to fund it?”. From what I had mentioned before, typically exhibitions when done through a nonprofit organization are funded by grants in which the organization has applied for, in combination with other contributed revenue from a consistent donor base and from corporate sponsorship.
Each production can start differently, as some exhibitions were planned and organized by a donor or a collector and an organization has agreed to display said exhibition. Other organizations put on exhibitions in charge for admissions, although, many work to make the exhibition free so that people of all backgrounds are able to access the arts.
As I am getting closer to the deadlines of securing the work, paying for the tickets and the shipping rates, I am working diligently to crowd fun and build a consistent donor base so I am able to have these exhibitions without charging the public for the mission.
Considering my circumstances, I am on the fence about how to properly charge for this. JT our presents is currently a soul proprietor Brown’s that I intend on turning into a 501(c)(3) in the near future. I had much financial success when it was under a fiscal sponsorship, and am pursuing that now.
Earliar this weekend, I shared my position with a mentor who has a few connections and could help reduce the costs. In our conversation, he also brought up the concept of social capital. Overall, he believed that it was better to build a relationship with the individual and connect him or her to the resources they need to develop a loyal clients but will give you money consistently and with little question instead of simply charging them one time for something that they may or may not come back to you.
For me, this gave the concept of networking and marketing a more human identity. It is also something that I wish to incorporate into my brand. As I am searching for alternatives to put this exhibition into action, I’m also preparing to ask people in the community is what is it that they exactly want and what is it that they exactly need and from there continue the conversation regarding how these productions can still be accessible to the public and for all.
I wonder what are your thoughts:
- What Value do you get from the arts?
- When you pay for an admission ticket, what is ot rhat you expect to get?
As JTR Presents is moving on to other projects, it would be greatly appreciated to stay in touch with the work Joshua Rashaad McFadden is doing. Currently, he will be having an exhibition at the Mason Fine Art Gallery from October 1st through November 4th. More information can be found here:
Thank you to everyone who had attended the artist talk! It was such a big hit, and I am incredibly thing for everyone for their support. Lastly, below is a link to a survey, which will be used to improve on future artistic events. For the betterment future projects, and to complete my study in arts administration (formally known as business design and arts leadership) as a masters degree at SCAD, I ask for all who had attend to take the survey by clicking the link below or for clicking here. It would be most appreciated if you can fill this out as soon as possible. Thank you all for your time, and have a great Day.
This coming Thursday, is the Artist talk. McFadden will present the scope of his work and will start that conversation with the Audience. At this talk, McFadden will be accompanied by Michael Develle Winn, the manager for Alliance’s community engagement efforts.
Please RSVP for this event, as there will limited seating. The event is free and refreshments are available.