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AFA is holding a series of Fundraisers to ensure that the Vision Festival will continue & Un_Compromised arts will be supported !
For 18 years Arts for Art has presented the successful world-class Vision Festival as well as other less visible but equally important initiatives. Yet AFA is struggling with a staff too small to effectively move forward.
AFA has made a difference. And now, we are in an important renewal phase as we invite younger musicians to become AFA’s new artistic leaders and curators.
Next Year AFA would like to bring you…
Vision Festival 19
A group of younger artists to carry the Vision forward…
Move THE UNDER_LINE forward with special Salon multi-arts performances that will build bridges within the music and arts communities and make it available to a younger audience
Begin to implement “Grow It Local” to bring music & art directly to the community
Continue our education intiatives to make sure that this complex music is available to a new generation
Arts for Art struggles to bring music and art with substance as well as complexity that challenges the status quo. A struggle such as ours cannot be successful without your support!
We have not and cannot accomplish all that we are poised to…
This is a labor of love to keep this powerful music alive & visible
So we need your help. It is for this reason that we are holding an intimate fundraiser at my home next Wednesday May 8. And we will be holding more fundraisers in the upcoming months. It is critical for the sustainability of AFA and the future success of all our projects.
A struggle such as this cannot be successful without the support of a larger community!
I believe that this is a struggle that we share. Together we can build that Larger community - without which Arts for Art will be unable to continue to make Visions Real.
Arts For Art is committed to providing broad access to high-quality original creative music and multidisciplinary art. As a restult, AFA has developed major programming initiatives that have significantly advanced its mission to bring greater exposure to both established and emerging artists and help develop the next generation of artists.
Right Now! Arts for Art is organizing a campaign to build a consensus to create a new Music Venue, The Under_Line in he undeveloped, underground city owned facility. This location would make a great viable venue for un-compromised music.
How We Do It
The breadth of AFA productions has grown exponentially over the last seventeen years. While the Vision Festival remains at the center of our efforts and has become a jazz world institution, we strive to offer innovative programming all year round.
The Vision Festival trumpets the finest lineup of jazz musicians each year, the shared esthetic a genius exploration into the new territories of sound. Creative and adventurous, this event hosts the crowned improvisers of our time, each drawing from their own pool of inspiration, whether it be African, Middle Eastern or Asian rhythms, classical music or old-school bebop. Over the years, it has become a community, a shared space, an occurrence that gathers connoisseurs of the music, those who believe that the possibilities of artistic creativity are boundless, empowering and beautiful.
Steve Psyllos, NY Press
Noteworthy Benefits of Vision Festival
A Lifetime of Achievement - Each year, AFA dedicates an evening to honor the achievements of one living artist whose music has inspired and influenced all of us.
Emerging Artists - AFA brings together the work of multiple generations so that our audience can hear the continuum of sound. So while the Vision Festival’s primary focus is on creative achievements by mid-career artists and legends in the music, we make sure that audiences hear the important new sounds of the younger emerging artists.
Vision Festival Outreach Programs - Music educators who have participated in AFA’s T.I.M.E., are able to bring their students to share their original music in performance at the festival.
VF @ Campos - Seizing an opportunity to share creative music with an underserved population, AFA brings free Vision Festival performance & workshops to NYCHA’s Campos Plaza Housing Development.
Advocacy - The festival includes talks that bring attention to issues relevant to the art community.
AFA’s showcase for original creative music, the series make available three shows of original music each week, exposing artists and audiences to a range of creative possibilities being explored today. Each month, we dedicate an evening program to honor great artists who are no longer with us and in this way we are able to share our history and legacy. To strengthen the legacy of the music, we have put together an intergenerational Sound band. In general, we are committed to building content and context for the art we present. We also feature the Creative Sounds of Dissension to give time and space to express our concerns for the world we share.
AFA takes a direct approach to connecting innovative art to communities. These FREE In Garden shows take place in community gardens, making music available to students, parents, fans, garden members and passer-bys.
AFA’s Vision Collaborations Festival has been encouraging and supporting creative growth by giving opportunities for dance/ creative jazz / visual art to develop work in collaboration.
AFA is organizing an after-school music & dance program called Music Is Mine / Dance Is Me. Building upon the success of workshops that took place in June 2010 at Campos Plaza, this pilot program brings complex art into a low-income neighborhood.
AFA continues to develop Teaching Improvised Music Effectively (T.I.M.E.) to bring together music teachers to develop curriculum for teaching innovative music.
Since the first Vision Festival, AFA has maintained a commitment to social justice and innovative art. In 2008 we began holding artist meetings to address the creative, political, and practical concerns of artists through advocacy and action utilizing: Town Hall Meetings / Panel discussions / Salons. AFA has continued to hold meetings, salons and panels to provide ways for artists to identify common problems, find solutions and network. In this way AFA strengthens NY’s innovative community.
AFA is responsive to what is happening around us. In response to 9/11 - in 2001, 2002 and this year on September 11, 2011, AFA produced From The Ashes. In November, 2009 we presented a multi-arts marathon, 28 Hours.