Red Balloon To Do

A $1 donation gets you a red helium balloon -- your ticket into the student-run Grimshaw Gallery, Olive Gallery, and undisclosed stops to be made known unto you upon successful remittance of your donation.To transpire at 4 venues:-- Olive Gallery-- Grimshaw Gallery-- TBA-- TBAQuestions? info@lawrenceartcollective.comThe tickets (which will take the form of red helium balloons on string) will be available for a suggested donation of one dollar. A balloon will gain admittance into any of the participating events, combining the social atmosphere of Kansas City's First Fridays with the connectedness of Lawrence. Each venue will offer creative works in a slightly different medium, ranging from painting, photography, and printmaking to performance and multimedia installations. The Red Balloon To Do is an attempt to reach out not only to Lawrence but to the regional communities of cities such as Topeka, Wichita, and Kansas City. The Lawrence Art Collective believes that by pulling together everything it is capable of in one evening it will lure both art and business patrons to our city.An open letter from the Lawrence Art Collective:How can YOU support the Red Balloon To Do?Dear Friend,The Lawrence Art Collective was formed in 2002 when a loose affiliation of KU Art & Design students as well as independent artists from the community decided their efforts were best spent in cooperation. The Collective has no president or headquarters, yet many art events have been produced, designed, or participated in by its members. The Lawrence Art Collective has previously sponsored two independent exhibitions of recent, original works by local artists. The recent addition of two student-run galleries to the Lawrence art scene has bolstered the Lawrence Art Collective's ability to both stimulate and celebrate the vivacity of our community's culture. The next Lawrence Art Collective event will stress this community of both artists and art lovers in Lawrence by coordinating multiple galleries and dozens of artists."The Red Balloon To Do" will take place on the evening of September 27th, simultaneously at the Olive Gallery (15 East 8th Street), the Grimshaw Gallery (731 New Hampshire), and two other independent venues to be announced. The tickets (which will take the form of red helium balloons on string) will be available for a suggested donation of one dollar. A balloon will gain admittance into any of the participating events, combining the social atmosphere of Kansas City's First Fridays with the connectedness of Lawrence. Each venue will offer creative works in a slightly different medium, ranging from painting, photography, and printmaking to performance and multimedia installations. The Red Balloon To Do is an attempt to reach out not only to Lawrence but to the regional communities of cities such as Topeka, Wichita, and Kansas City. The Lawrence Art Collective believes that by pulling together everything it is capable of in one evening it will lure both art and business patrons to our city.An event of this size and complication requires much forethought and coordination. Aside from the logistics of dozens of collaborating artists, musicians, and galleries, we must contend with the financial restraints of photocopying, postage, balloons, and the time of our volunteers. It is with these necessities in mind that we are approaching local business owners and community leaders with a request for their support. Donations of materials, services, or funding are all highly encouraged and appreciated. In exchange for your support, the Lawrence Art Collective has reserved space on the Red Balloon To Do event brochure to acknowledge our supporters. Consider the number of people attending an art opening that spans four venues; this advertisement will reach a prospective new market of hundreds. In exchange for funding, we offer additional advertisement space on our event poster which will be posted on community bulletin boards not only around town but in the public spaces of surrounding communities. The Lawrence Journal World, The Pitch Weekly, and The Review rank among some of the publications already featuring Lawrence Art Collective events. With the positive recognition of your business's name or logo, our target audience will also become yours."The Red Balloon To Do," scheduled for the evening of Saturday, September 27th, is an integration of more venues, more artists, and most importantly, more spectators than ever before. By encouraging friends, lovers, and creators of art to intermingle among openings across town, we hope to strengthen, stimulate, and network our communities of music, art, and film. The success of these communities is bound to bring prosperity and fruition to the culture and economy of our beloved town.Want to support the Red Balloon To Do? Email info@lawrenceartcollective.com.

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