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Frameworks:E.A.S.T. Fundraiser

  • 29 Jun 2011
  • 7:00 PM
  • 30 Jun 2011
  • 12:00 AM
  • ND Studios


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Help Artists Meet Code, Sustain Careers with the

FRAMEWORKS E.A.S.T. Microlending Fundraiser

Event to establish a microfinancing fund for required studio upgrades
AUSTIN, Texasundefined The hundreds of area artists who rely on the annual East Austin Studio Tour
(E.A.S.T.) are facing a dire challenge: due to state and federal regulations, they are being
forced make costly upgrades to their studios in order to participate in E.A.S.T. If artists can’t
sustain their livelihoods in centrally located, live/work spaces from which they can make and sell
their art, then they either have to give up making art orgive up Austin.

Just as organizers and the artist community were unsure how to proceed, the Austin Creative
Alliance approached them with a novel idea: establish a microlending program to offer the
artists low-interest loans with forgiving payment plans so that they can get their studios up to
code in time for the next E.A.S.T. (November 12 – 20).

“Before the economic collapse, microfinance undefined the granting of very small loans, mostly
to poor people undefined was a concept most closely associated with the developing world. But
tight credit and the recession have increased the demand for smaller loans in the United
States, giving microlending a higher profile and broadening its appeal.” With Squeeze on
Credit, Microlending Blossoms, New York Times, July 28 2010

On June 29, Austin Creative Alliance and East Austin Studio Tour are presenting a fundraiser
to establish this FRAMEWORKS E.A.S.T. FUND. The event will feature live music by The Pons
and The Ron Titter Band, refreshments and silent and live auctionsundefineda special opportunity to bid
on art and services of E.A.S.T. artists far in advance of the November event.

Levels of sponsorship available:
Apprentice: $250
Journeyman: $500
Master: $1000
About The Pons: 9:15 pm
The Pons are finishing their second record, due out in July - titled "The Blackest Shine" -
recorded & produced by Erik Wofford. Their website reads: “Music of the most undistilled
potency understands that the attempt to walk avenues of truth and light will undoubtedly
also lead to alley ways of lies and darkness, demanding the exploration of our most morbid
curiosities. And it is these greatest of traffickers in poetry, melody and rhythm that lead the
listener to the landscape of this delicate balance - where love waits in the shadow of hatred,
why peace is shaped on the wings of war, and how joy is sewn into the fabric of struggle.”

About The Ron Titter Band: 8 pm
With songs ranging from upbeat tongue-in-cheek odes to tangential tirades to more seriously-
minded fare via titles like "Fonkey Horsey,” “Sock Wearin' Man,” and “Daddy Can’t Make You
Happy,” The Ron Titter Band covers a plethora of musical bases with a heavy-handed one-
two punch of sheer exuberance. They tump over a savory blend of spicy and timely social
commentary, sensual introspective pieces, and rollicking bar-room numbers guaranteed to help
you score if you get up off your ass and jiggle your junk.

About East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T.)

Over the course of two weekends, E.A.S.T invites the to view the works of over 200 artists
at 150 studios and galleries. These remarkable artists comprise a wide range of disciplines,
bound only by the common desire to work within a few square miles east of I-35, an area that
has thoroughly established itself as the epicenter of visual art in Austin. The East Austin Studio
Tour is sponsored by Big Medium, a local non-profit organization that supports all visual arts. In
addition to E.A.S.T., Big Medium sponsors the Texas Biennial and exhibits the work of local and
national artists year round.

About Austin Creative Alliance

The mission of the Austin Creative Alliance is to advance, connect and celebrate Austin’s arts,
cultural, and creative communities in order to nourish and strengthen the character, quality of
life, and economic prosperity of our region. The organization strengthens the region’s creative
sector through: advocacy and cultural policy; marketing and communication; and membership
services. The Austin Creative Alliance was recently established via the transformation of an
existing arts service organization, Austin Circle of Theaters, which had been operating since

Austin Creative Alliance
81 San Marcos St, Suite C-1 Austin, TX 78702  // 512/247-2531 phone // 512/247-2538 fax

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