Last night Lisa and I met with Melissa Sideris and Ayla Benjamin, Co-Directors representing a national independent arts organization called RAW: Natural Born Artists.
RAW:Cincinnati will begin having monthly art shows, the first one coming up Friday, May 18th at Luxe, and every third Friday of the month thereafter. Luxe is located at 601 Main Street, Downtown Cincinnati.
The shows will feature 20 independent artists in the genres of art, including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists as well as others. As a matter of fact, our very own Chris Breeden is a featured artist in the inaugural Cincinnati event featuring his photography, and we would like to send our thanks to him for connecting us with Melissa and Ayla.
Currently, RAW is in 32 cities in the US, and by July 2012 it will be in 62 cities as well as Australia, and there are plans to launch in Europe and China in 2013. Now entering their third year, the mission of the organization is “to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity.”
So here’s what we found out: RAW needs artists, lots of artists, and Misfits With Cameras was approached not only because we could work together and cross promote our showcases, but also so they could connect with our pool of talent. The cool thing is, not only do we have many great photographers, but a lot of us know people who indulge in the other arts as well, so we encourage to you to spread the word to your other artist friends.
Here's how it works: You submit for consideration by going to the RAW website and registering. You then complete a profile which takes 5 to 10 minutes, submit some of your work, choose what city you live near and then RAW will contact you if you are chosen to be a featured artist. In being selected you become a part of the RAW online community which showcases the profiles of hand picked RAW artists. The artists have site perks exclusive to RAW artists, however the site is open to everyone to view.
To get a true feeling of what an event features follow/copy paste this link to watch their YouTube Welcome Video
Tickets to Next Friday’s show are available for $10 presale. It is a 21+ event. If you decide to buy online select the May 18th event at Luxe, it will say “Which artist are you supporting?” Be sure to say you’re supporting Chris Breeden. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Drink specials are $2 Budweiser & Bud Light, $3 Wells and $4 Little Black Dress Martinis.
Here are other links to RAW. We think this could be a really exciting opportunity for our members who are interested in being a part of this.