The Sugar Mama Manifesto/Rant

The first Sugar Mama party was fabulous. The atmosphere was so real and so warm and so supportive. A great project got money, and wonderful connections were made.

We want to do this again, and we want to keep raising more money each time we do it. This is why you need to help us do it:

The people who are making the art scene happen, need money to do so. They mostly work really hard, waiting tables, cleaning houses, doing taxes and providing various other services to people. Their day gigs just about fund their ability to sometimes make art. They don't own prime real estate. Most people do not have a free ride. (And I'm from Finland, so I know a thing or two about free rides and being funded to make my art. God bless socialism. Not what we have here.)

You know who IS getting a free ride? The developer snapping up 130K West Oakland foreclosures, spending two months fixing them up and selling them for 500K to yuppies who want to move to an "arts district".

This is your time to be a participant and create community. To support and nourish and be nourished in return. Amazing people in Oakland do community work, help plant gardens, fight for a cleaner urban environment, mentor kids and reach out to each other in neighborly spirit. Our block here in West Oakland is a great example of living and loving community. Sugar Mama was born from that spirit. We don't ask for a lot from you: not months of free labor or an otherwise huge commitment. Just one evening of your time, and a little bit of your money. You can be part of the love, and help someone create something worthwhile that they want to share with you and the rest of the community.

Thank you and congratulations!

The winner of the first Sugar Mama grant, a total of $493, was Mary Johnson (along with Erin Wilson, Istuyee Montes, Annemarie Brentrup, and Michael Gin) with “Paper Airplane,” an Oakland-based art magazine aimed at the arts community as well as the general public.

A fabulous time was had by a warm, lovely crowd. Each of the presentations was heartfelt and worthy of support. Look for a links section here on our blog soon to see all of our artists.

Photos and more details soon.

Want to pay cash when you get here?

Just come between 7:30PM and 8PM and bring $25-35 in cash.

The address is 2825A Myrtle St, Oakland. It's near the corner of Myrtle and 28th, in a big gray industrial building. Our door is the smaller red door on the Myrtle St. side (not the big garage door). The door has a sticker with three black skulls and crossbones on it.

If you get lost, call 510 868 1626. Usual urban rules: don't leave valuables visible in your car.


Näytä suurempi kartta

Watch the Votinator in Action!

...and imagine smoke! And drama! And music! And yourself making it happen!

Meet the finalists!

The Sugar Mama finalists and their projects are:

Jonathan Bender (and The Illuminated Theater), “Public Service Announcement,” a performance

Erik Holland, a mural version of a painting of the Cesar Chavez Long March

Mary Johnson (along with Erin Wilson, Istuyee Montes, Annemarie Brentrup, and Michael Gin) “Paper Airplane,” an art magazine

Brian Krueger, “Drawn Together: One Drawing for Art in Education,” a very large drawing to be worked on by groups of people in different locations

Debbie Neigher, recording a quality, full-length album in an established recording studio with professional musicians

Chad Sorg, “Artist Fishbowl,” a glass enclosure in which the artist paints for a several-day stretch in a public place

Come see their proposals and help one of them get their project made!

Short version: What is it?

Sugar Mama is a party where an artist's project gets funded.

Here's how it works: you come to our loft in West Oakland, where 6 artists present an idea they need funding for. There will be music, visual presentations, and more. As a guest, you pay $25-35 for a ticket, enjoy soup and beer, and vote for the best idea. The winning artists takes all the proceeds and reports back to you on what they achieved.

You get: to be an arts patron for cheap. To meet very cool people. To watch fun presentations. To go to a fun party. To eat soup and drink beer. To take ownership of supporting artists in your community. AND a gift bag just for showing up! With art in it!

It's time to get your Sugar Mama tickets! Act now for the coolest free gift ever: Chocolate Legos Deluxe 3-Color Gift Set

Greetings form Sugar Mama HQ!

We have six fabulous finalists! Mama's Scientific Votinator is in its final stages of assembly! Now all we need is you. Many have RSVPed, and now is a great time to get your advance tickets and secure your spot at this limited-seating event. The Sugar Mama Party is Saturday, June 26. Doors open at 7:30.

Sugar Mama is a fun, unpretentious party where 90% of ticket revenue goes directly to an artist with a great project idea. (10% goes to buy soup ingredients and beer, and 0% goes to administration costs and us.) You'll hear 6 artists present their ideas as you feast on delicious, home-made soup, sip delightful store-bought beer, and enjoy your excellent door prize of high-quality, hand-made art. Then you vote, by dropping a marble into Mama's Scientific Votinator, an amazing machine, custom-engineered for the delight of Sugar Mama patrons. The winning artist takes the proceeds for their project.

Brief, handy Come-to-Sugar-Mama FAQ:

What's in it for me?

- an excellent party on June 26 in West Oakland
- Delicious, home-made soup
- Delicious, store-bought beer
- An opportunity to fund a great art project
- A vote, in the form of a steel marble, which you get to drop into Mama's Scientific Votinator and watch smoke come out as we tally the winners
- A personal introduction to six really interesting artists and their work and a change to mingle with like-minded, art-loving people

But I want MORE!
OK, we'll give you more. To further sweeten the deal, we'll give the first 10 people who buy a ticket from Brown Paper Tickets a deluxe, 3-flavor set of Kris's famous cast chocolate Legos in a beautiful clear plastic gift box.

Well, how about even MORE?
Oh, all right. Everyone who buys a ticket by Friday, June 18 will receive one extra vote, increasing your art-patronage-decision-making power by a factor of 2! You get to watch twice as much smoke come out of the Votinator!

How do I get a ticket?
Click here:

I want to know more.
Check out these links:

Sugar Mama Blog

Sugar Mama on Facebook!/event.php?eid=122196294470138&ref=ts

Sugar Mama in The Oakbook

OK, now forward this to everyone you know. Then click here to get your Sugar Mama ticket:

Come to Sugar Mama!

Kris + Sussu
Chief Sugar Mamas
We put the FUN back in funding!