Let's Dance America!
Organized by: Jeffrey Augustine Songco
Many Thanks to All
September 29, 2016
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.
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