Support Lowcountry Artists Y’all

Art Is Everything TV Show coming soon….

In collaboration with WTOC, Amiri Farris is launching a TV show called Art is Everything featuring original music, artwork, poetry and museum gallery views.  Stay tuned for more…

Limited edition print for $200+ donations

 

Please consider donating funds to support local artists who desperately need our help at this time. Any donation over $200 will receive a signed, limited edition, 18 x 24 print “Reconnecting With Our Natures” created by Amiri Farris. This first edition is limited to 100 pieces.

ABOUT SLAY

What is SLAY?

SLAY is an acronym for “Support Lowcountry Artists Y’all.” We started as a relief effort for the local Arts Community led by noted Bluffton based artist, Amiri Farris. Amiri wanted to do something about the many local artists who experienced a significant loss of income when the Covid-19 virus caused the cancellation or rescheduling of many local art shows, festivals, and galas. Knowing that many in the art community were facing similar difficulties, Amiri assembled SLAY as a collaborative of artists to create content to inspire and engage the community, recover some of that income, and raise funds and awareness at this critical time.

Our founding roster of creative associates includes:
Founder – Amiri Farris
Natalie Daise
Michael Dantzler
Sophie Docalavich
Maggie Evans
Dr. Thaddeus Jones
Ment Nelson
Victoria A. Smalls
Calvin Woodum

Since incorporating on March 25, 2020 SLAY has paid out more than $7000 in direct cash relief to Lowcountry artists. As a result of this effort, we realized that the covid-19 pandemic had revealed many vulnerabilities in the creative community. Some of these are disparities that we already knew existed, others are economic challenges facing all artists. Visit our “About SLAY” page to learn more about our ongoing efforts to support creatives and change the narrative about art and the economy in the Lowcountry.

CONTACT US:

Executive Director, Heather Bruemmer: slaynews@gmail.com

Our Roster Includes:

 

Amiri Farris, Founder
Natalie Daise
Michael Dantzler
Sophie Docalavich
Maggie Evans
Dr. Thaddeus Jones
Ment Nelson
Victoria A. Smalls
Calvin Woodum
Christopher Sancho Smalls

We are moving quickly to respond to this challenge. SLAY has incorporated in South Carolina as a 501(c)3 nonprofit and is developing a web based platform that will be monetized through a membership model. Through this virtual co-op, Members will receive unique content created solely for this platform from SLAY’s roster of established and emerging lowcountry artists, all of whom have experienced cancellations in recent weeks. A mix of online content, downloads, and mailed deliverables is planned.

As membership grows, our goal is to be able to offer financial support to all kinds of artists who experience financial hardship during this difficult time.  They will be able to apply for relief through a simple application on our Web portal.

We believe artists are uniquely equipped to respond to the Covid-19 crisis.  History demonstrates that some of our greatest art has emerged from tragedy. In addition to our web based platform, SLAY is working on a project to create public art which will promote important health messaging. New communication from leaders in public health stresses washing hands, maintaining distance from others in public spaces, and the importance of mental health during crises. There will also sadly be a need for art that encourages grief recovery. We will create high quality, contemporary art that comforts, educates, and reinforces these practices which will need to be a long term “new normal” long after the immediate threat from Covid-19 has diminished.

Please consider making a donation to fund the launch of this important work.

Free Your Mind, by Natalie Daise