Monday, August 22, 2011

Progressive Arts Fair Appeal

Railyard Water TowerSanta Fe is renowned for its incredible arts community and events. Canyon Road, Spanish Market, Indian Market, and more galleries per capita than any other city in the US, make this place a mecca for artists and art-lovers. However, sometimes this high profile means that lesser-known or younger artists need a little boost to get their work seen.

Enter the After Hours Alliance and the first-ever Progressive Arts Fair. On September 18, the Railyard will be turned into a showcase for artists and musicians who are the future incarnate of creativity in the City Different. 35 artists have been selected through an application process that reached out to less established artists whose work is gallery quality. The fair will also feature a dozen live local music acts that represent the future of Santa Fe’s music scene.

Like many start-ups, the Progressive Arts Fair needs community support ahead of time. Enter the Kickstarter campaign. If you're familiar with Kiva or Vittana, Kickstarter is a similar resource for creative and experimental endeavors. You can donate money to a project and become a backer, and different projects yield varying types of dividends. Many projects allow you to donate as little as one dollar, so you can contribute even if you're pinching pennies.

If you contribute to the Progressive Art Fair's Kickstarter campaign this week until August 27, an anonymous donor will match your dollars. So keep the arts alive and vibrant in Santa Fe by supporting the next generation of creators. And don't forget to check out the Railyard on September 18!

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