Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Valley F.E.A.S.T.

Valley F.E.A.S.T. (Funding Emerging Artists through Sustainable Tactics) is a project that Now.For.Art is currently working on with Portal Arts Group.

Valley F.E.A.S.T. is a recurring series of events that coalesce local agriculture, culinary talent, and music and art to put funds into the hands of young and emerging artists.

At every F.E.A.S.T., the public is invited to come enjoy a fresh, innovative and locally sourced menu that is prepared by a special guest chef, to experience a unique line up of live entertainment and to also vote on proposals that are presented by artists who need funding. Entry to Valley F.E.A.S.T. is set at a sliding scale with a suggested donation of at least $10.

At the end of the night, the winning artists take home the evenings proceeds with the community supported responsibility to go make their art, which is later presented at the next Valley F.E.A.S.T.

Right now we are scheduled to host our first F.E.A.S.T. here in downtown Northampton on January 22nd 2011!

We also have a Kickstarter Campaign up in order to raise money to make this project possible. We have less than two days left to go! You can visit our Kickstarter Campaign HERE.

We’d like to extend a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who helped us reach our goal!

We’d also like to ask one last time that if you have not already pledged to our Kickstarter campaign to please consider doing so in the final hours we have left to raise greatly needed funds for Valley F.E.A.S.T.

If you are wondering why you should contribute even after we’ve reached our goal, please consider these following things.

We purposely low balled our goal since Kickstarter is an all or nothing fundraiser, we had to set a goal we could reach in 20 days in order to get any money at all.

With that, the money we raise from this Kickstarter campaign is our total budget to get this project off the ground, this is start up money that we need to generate multiple events over the course of a year and it is an EXTREMELY tight budget.

As our budget grows we will be better able to invest in green & re-usable supplies and stronger marketing.

Lastly, neither Now.For.Art or Portal Arts Group who are working to bring this project to Northampton are receiving ANY type of compensation, this is all being organized completely voluntarily. Now.For.Art has never received any compensation for any projects we've ever organized.

Also, please consider re-posting this to your Facebook, blog, or Twitter since obviously we don’t know everyone in the area that may either be interested in contributing to our Kickstarter campaign or in participating in any other aspect of this project!

Additionally, if your an artist working in any medium in the Pioneer Valley area, it is definitely time to check out our guidelines for submitting proposals at the Valley F.E.A.S.T. Blog and to begin preparing your proposal. Also never hesitate to contact us with any questions, email us at