Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Do it because you want to do something Good

Hey Help out my boy Mike and his crew:

Dear Friends, Family, and Colleagues.
As many of you know I am about to embark on a cross-country tour with a talented art collective/mural crew called The Trust Your Struggle Collective. I will be supporting their mural tour with workshops and technology assistance in the form of the tour's own blog and web promotion

The Trust Your Struggle Collective is a group of visual artists, educators, and friends dedicated to social justice and community activism through the medium of visual art. The collective is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. They work in conjunction with several other collectives and groups to produce art exhibits and community based events.

In the year of 2006 the collective completed a tour in which they painted political and socially conscious murals throughout parts of Latin America. The tour, entitled Trust Your Hustle Mural tour was a two month long traveling mural project. . The collective traveled to communities that they felt were misrepresented, repressed, and forgotten by the majority and engaged it's residents in mural projects. The collective is currently preparing to create a national U.S. tour based on this model. The 2008 Trust Your Hustle Mural tour will take place from July to August. It will begin in Brooklyn, New York and travel through Atlanta, New Orleans, Austin, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and L.A. The tour will end in San Francisco, California with a culminating exhibition at the GalerĂ­a de La Raza

The goal of the Trust Your Struggle Collective is to work with groups of people who are striving to make a positive change in their environment., The tour facilitates an exchange of culture, visual art, and political education. All murals are created in collaboration with local artists, cultural centers, youth, activists, or graffiti collectives. The 2006 tour took the crew through the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Another integral component of the mural tour is to help facilitate mural/art workshops as well as panel discussions in the communities where the mural is to be painted. The workshops and panel discussions exemplify their commitment , to the power of n the human connection through the arts. In the past, Trust Your Struggle Collective has facilitated workshops and participated on panels a the following institutions: Virginia Tech University, Trinity College in Connecticut, University of the Arts in Boston, and Casa de Artesana and University of San Carlos, both in Guatemala.

We are still in great need of fiscal donations. Driving across the country with the ever growing cost of gas is going to be a feat in and of itself. Anything from $10 to $1000 will help. Donations can be made at www.trustyourstruggle.com via credit/debit cards and paypal.

Thank you in advance for your support,

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