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Friday 19th December 2014WoCA moves from Race Street; Takes Artspace Hiatus, will continue through satellite exhibitions and community arts programs.

PRESS RELEASE

Lauren Cross

(817)901-7135

info@wocaprojects.com

www.wocaprojects.com

 

December 18, 2014

 

WoCA MOVES FROM RACE STREET; WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SATELLITE EXHIBITIONS AND COMMUNITY ARTS PROGRAMS

 

 

Dear WoCA Supporters, Family, and Friends,

 

Some of you have inquired with great concern about the recent events on Race Street that hit the Riverside community surrounding the gallery, and after talking to many of our advisors and supporters we have made the decision to move from our current location on Race Street.

 

This move is a very difficult decision as we have enjoyed being a part of the synergy of the Riverside Arts District community, which has thrived and will continue to thrive as an important arts community in Fort Worth. We are thankful to the Artist Studios on Race Street, Debbie Stein (RAD Organizer/Leader), Flora Brewer, and many more for there continued support of WoCA and our many initiatives in the nearly 2 years that we have been on Race Street.

 

We’ve informed a select few in the arts community about our move, and have already received many kind words of support as we look for our new location. We are comforted that others agree with our desire to ensure the safety of our constituents and supporters. With that being said, WoCA will be taking a brief “artspace hiatus” until we finalize our future space.

 

In the meantime, we WILL continue our work in the community. Thanks to the success of our recent crowd-funding campaign, our amazing supporters and sponsors, and new partnerships with local arts and community organizations we will launch our new community arts programs in Fort Worth in 2015! If anything, during this brief “hiatus” we hope that WoCA will have a stronger “local” presence within neighborhoods in Fort Worth, through “satellite” exhibitions, events, and community art programs!

 

We will be moving from Race Street in January 2015, so be sure to email us at info@wocaprojects.com to catch our current exhibition the 2nd Annual Juried Artists’ Books Exhibition. Continue to follow our Facebook page, website, and mailing list as we plan to bring you more innovative exhibitions, events, and programs in 2015. We hope to provide you updates in the near future regarding our new location!

 

Yours truly,

 

Lauren Cross

Founder

WoCA Projects

 

Posted on December 19th 2014 on 12:58am
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Tuesday 02nd December 2014WoCA releases Indiegogo campaign for community arts programs on #GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014

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Contact:
Lauren Cross
2902 Race Street, Suite 100
Fort Worth, Texas 76111
www.wocaprojects.com
info@wocaprojects.com
(817) 901-7135
 


WoCA releases Indiegogo campaign for community arts programs on #GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014

December 2,2014—Fort Worth, Texas—#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving back online, and a response to the consumer culture activities involved with Black Friday and CyberMonday. #GivingTuesday, with its social media tag,  was meant to encourage a global culture of not simply consuming but “giving” to important causes both locally and globally. So in partnership with crowd-funding platform, Indiegogo, Fort Worth-based art non-profit, WoCA Projects, has launched a campaign to encourage the local community to be not only givers but active participants in some new community arts programs.

So far WoCA’s initial campaign goal of $2500 was raised within a week before #GivingTuesday even started and now WoCA Founder, Lauren Cross, is ready to push the campaign to the next level. “I feel that it is a very important time in history and in our community to be a part of transformative change. We need change desperately, and creative action has always been one of the most affective catalysts for change.” WoCA’s campaign lists an ambitious list of new programs that will be piloted in 2015, including ongoing art-making activities for local children in need of creative development and exposure; a young curators program that mentors, trains, and develops young women ages 13-17 for careers in the arts, particularly curating; an artist grant for artists of color in the local community, and a creative entrepreneurship initiative that aims to train women experiencing great economic hardship with creative tools towards financial empowerment. The campaign even plans to hire local artists and creative entrepreneurs to teach select programs.

WoCA’s initial goal was raised through a soft launch one week prior to #GivingTuesday through personal emails and Facebook. “I am really blown away by the overwhelming support that we received within the first week. It was amazing to see so many people who believed in the potential of this project to make a difference. And now that we’ve met that goal we are just charged to do more.” WoCA has already made all of the necessary partnerships with local community organizations to bring art and creative entrepreneurship programs to the individuals the organization hopes to serve. “I completely believe in the idea of not re-inventing the wheel, and what we’ve found is that there are many organizations already serving the people that we want to reach who are just as excited about reaching the women and children they serve through art and creative practice just as much as we do. So I am just excited that we will be able to move forward. By doubling our goal it simply allows us to reach more people and support them with more resources.”

Though WoCA hopes to raise all desired funds on #GivingTuesday their Indiegogo campaign ends on December 22nd. “We are hopeful that we will not only reach our goal but surpass it. It will take a ‘village’ to do that” says Cross. For more information about WoCA’s Indiegogo campaign visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/art-in-community-programs-at-woca-projects/x/2813367#home
 
 
 

Posted on December 02nd 2014 on 08:09pm
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