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Let's Dance America!

Organized by: Jeffrey Augustine Songco

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Many Thanks to All
September 29, 2016

Many thanks to all my contributors -- you allowed for "Let's Dance America!" to come to life. Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press highlighted See More

THE STORY:

After a fantastic showing at last year’s ArtPrize 7, the international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I’m back at it again this year with another epic artwork. As part of ArtPrize 8 this September, I’ll be exhibiting an artwork titled Let’s Dance America! at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Let’s Dance America! is a video compilation of short stories that I have collected and written, and then perform for the camera. Each story begins with an answer to the question: when and where did you first learn the Macarena? This year is the 20th anniversary of the Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix) reaching the top of the Billboard Top 100 (August 3, 1996). 20 years ago, the song went ‘viral’ during the 1996 U.S. Presidential Election. While the song itself acts as the common denominator for the stories, each story transpires into one of many personal yet familiar experiences that address a variety of themes including dance, the body, love, faith, family, nationalism, tragedy, and celebration.

Though the stories within this work are priceless, the production behind the work is not. Having exhibited at ArtPrize in 2011, 2012, and 2015, I'm more than familiar with the necessary costs to participate, including multiple trips between San Francisco and Grand Rapids. Your generous contribution to Let’s Dance America! will make this project a reality. In this current moment of relentless political battles, horrific hate-based tragedy, and uncertain futures, I simply must continue to create art with my signature humor and absurd outlook on life. I aim to create and exhibit a work of art that continues my interest in representing a contemporary American identity. Let’s Dance America!

Checkout the artwork page on the ArtPrize website by clicking here.

And be sure to browse my website for more fabulous artwork by clicking here.

$918

MONEY RAISED
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  • Windy Chien

     

  • Dylan

    $10

  • Jac-bo

    $100

  • I'd Rather Be Dancing!

     

  • Skunk Tail

     

  • Krystle & Bradford

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Brooke Westfall

    $25

  • Christopher Kardambikis

    $25

  • Gabe and Rebecca

    $50

  • Laura

    $18

  • Matt

    $25

  • Sara, Kendall, and Justin

     

  • Jessica, Riggins, and Lucas

     

  • Anna and Diego Oppenheimer

     

  • jwoo

     

  • Tala

    $20

  • Sarita See

    $50

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Donor Comments

Aims

Aims

1 year ago

Sarita See

Sarita See

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Tala

Tala

DONATION: $20

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jwoo

jwoo

are you still single? 2 years ago

Anna and Diego Oppenheimer

Anna and Diego Oppenheimer

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Jessica, Riggins, and Lucas

Jessica, Riggins, and Lucas

good luck, good luck, good luck! 2 years ago

Sara, Kendall, and Justin

Sara, Kendall, and Justin

2 years ago

Matt

Matt

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Laura

Laura

DONATION: $18

Mazel Tov Jeff! 2 years ago

Gabe and Rebecca

Gabe and Rebecca

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

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