Give the Diva Her $5, B*tches; or, the Dark Glittery Corner Where Art Meets $$

by on Sep.23, 2011

 

Last week here in Mishawaka we saw a handwritten note on cardboard on the corner where the panhandlers like to stand but were mysteriously absent. The sign said,

 

RECYCLE, BITCHES!

 

In the spirit of that fond address, I’d like to bring your attention to an interesting project deserving of support from the Montevidayo community. Tim Jones-Yelvington is raising contributions to support a new transmedia project/lifekunst, “Lit Diva Extraordinaire‘.

LIT DIVA EXTRAORDINAIRE is a multi-disciplinary performance piece that poses the question: What does it mean to materialize as a literary “pop star?”

Why?

Because “indie lit” needs more:
* Glamour
* Glitter
* Fashion
* Fame
* Literary theory performed through dance pop.
…Also sequins.
Tim is raising money on Indiegogo now on the link above. I think this is actually kind of an awesome and thrilling way to divert the flow of capital away from its normal coffers and into Art’s hot slippery fur-lined pockets.  I like the idea of we artists trying to help each other out with projects rather than going to insitutions for futile attempts at grant getting when we know this kind of Art is not what they support. As Tim notes, if each of his friends donated $5, he’d be $5,000 above his goal.
Why not toss Tim $5 and see what he can make of it! The entrepreneurial spirit is what makes America America.

 

6 comments for this entry:
  1. Joyelle McSweeney

    That last sentence was tongue in cheek, bitches.
    J

  2. carina finn

    I <3 Tim. he's my fav be-dazzled B*tCh. give him yo dollaz.

  3. Tim Jones-Yelvington

    !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Thanks so much.

    I agree with what you are saying about fundraising. I work at a public foundation (meaning we have to fundraise, and are not endowed like larger mainstream private foundations) that gives small grants to grassroots social justice groups, and we have always modeled and encouraged grassroots fundraising, knowing that foundation and government support really are not viable or sustainable options for social justice activist and organizing groups …& I think the same can be said about “outsider” or “innovative” art. And I would add to your points above that when we believe in what we are doing (and I get how for an individual artist’s project, believing in what we do can be considered more “shameful,” b/c it may strike folks as a lot more self-serving than making an “ask” for a social justice or social service organization), we should not feel ashamed to ask others to support it, we should feel excited about the opportunity to share it with them. Fundraising trainers will always emphasize that the worst anyone can say is no, and in the mean time, you’ve shared something about your work with them, which has value in and of itself.

  4. Tim Jones-Yelvington

    P.S. — When you channel that cardboard note, you kinda remind me of Carina.

  5. adam strauss

    Glamour—yesyesyes, I’ll be pleased as all get-out to see more o’ that. Glamour is fascinating, as I believe it to, frequently, be in inverse proportion to morality: hanging out with the high-fashion daughter of an African dictator (chich nightclub, champagne, cocaine, surrounding squalor) is wayyyyyyyyy more glam than a tete-a-tete on the upper east-side of NYC. As may be clear, I regularly daydream of hanging out with chic daughters of the brutal–dictators, gun-runners, drug-lords. Ok I think I may have gone too far: apologies.

  6. Jared Randall

    Love it! Hope to see Lit Diva at (or more likely around) AWP. Shakin things up!