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.

2 comments:

  1. This event was a blast! I loved the Votinator and was really happy to support my local art scene. I'm very excited about Paper Airplane being published! See you at the next one.

    Claire

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  2. Hi. I do creat art, like stone drawings, clay drawings like old wanted ancestors, unknown animals. I'm from south africa

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