Press Release for December 10th Artist Bailout



November 30, 2011, Los Angeles: Artist Bailout is a community driven means to fund the arts during the current economic crisis. This new philanthropic model brings together artists and patrons for a dinner which is part performance, part fundraiser and culminates in the awarding of two micro-grants. The third Artist Bailout will be held at Human Resources on Saturday, December 10th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. This upcoming Artist Bailout will differ from the previous events as proceeds raised will go toward local artist-run organizations, rather than individual artists.

At the Artist Bailout, patrons contribute donations on a sliding scale ($10 to $10M!) and receive a delicious meal and a ballot. While attendees enjoy their dinner, seven pre-selected Los Angeles-based arts organizations will present proposals for funding which will benefit their current programs and/or special projects they are hoping to realize. The participants—all selected from a pool of organizations that responded to an open call for proposals—include: Slanguage Studios, 
the Mobile Museum of Riverside Chinatown, Actual Size L.A., Outpost for Contemporary Art, Knowledges, Mobile Pinhole Project and Signify, Sanctify, Believe. Once the presentations conclude, dinner-goers vote for their favorite, and the two arts organizations that receive the most votes split the money donated at the door. These micro-grants will be used to fund the winning projects.

As a special bonus for the winners of this upcoming Artist Bailout, GOOD (www.good.is) will make a donation matching the total proceeds raised throughout the evening, up to $1,000. Initial funding for this event was generously provided by Woodbury University’s Department of Art History. Winners will also receive a free copy of GYST Ink software.

“Our hope is that the Artist Bailout will become an on-going support system for Los Angeles artists in a time when funding for the arts is vanishing,” expressed organizers Elana Mann, Laura Noguera , Michael Rippens, Autumn Rooney and Jenn Su. “Together we can share our resources to support each other’s projects, both creatively and financially. We are excited to collaborate in funding interesting and relevant projects and experimenting with unconventional philanthropic models.”

For more information about Artist Bailout visit artistbailout.org.


Artist Bailout:
A public meal designed to solicit community-driven financial support and democratically fund new work by local and emerging artists.

Date & Time: Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Price: $10–$10M, sliding scale donation (includes dinner and a ballot)

Location: Human Resources: 410 Cottage Home St. in Chinatown, Los Angeles 90012

Website: www.artistbailout.org

This event is made possible through the generous support of Woodbury University Department of Art History Aesthetics of Deficit symposium and History of Performance Art class, GOOD, Human Resources, the Echo Park Time Bank and many more.


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