Capitol INDIE Collective
Our mission is to provide education and a platform for independent artists to be inspired, practice their art form, and deliver compelling works of art making impact with personal meaning and social relevance from several different disciplines, backgrounds, and demographics in a sustainable, stimulating and nurturing environment.
When funded, we intend to execute a program that cares for Artists FIRST, so that they can create more. Four artists will be selected to execute their art. They will receive mentoring, counseling, a nutritionist, marketing, Artist fees and legal services. This program is designed to educate Artists in the Sacramento-Sierra Region and get them the services they need to be successful small businesses.
This program requires $100,000 to begin.
Media Mentoring was designed to be a program catered to multi-media artisans. Video, film, print work, journalism, and more fall into this category. Our mentorships range from one-on-one training to hosting major events like the NorCal screenings of Miss Representation at the Crest Theatre. We aim to educate, inspire, and create digital media literacy. Media Mentoring enables artists to execute their products like Independent Movies, BlogTalkRadio shows, magazine launches, and film festivals.
Our 2014 year included the wide distribution of an AFM video diary, mentored the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, and Naked Movie Tuesdays - an Indie shorts screening and discussion event hosted by Naked Lounge Coffee. In 2015, we continued to mentor the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival and held ELEMENTS for #DYSPHORIA a body image project that fights bullying. In 2016, mentees include Latiya Gholar, Fashion Designer; and Jenna Elkington, Aerialist.
We hosted the screening of 'Miss Representation' in conjunction with the CA legislature. The two evening event included a Q&A with the filmmaker, Jennifer Siebel-Newsom, Radio talent Kitty O'Neal, and media community members Tracy Seville, Christina Marie, and Steven Hamm.
- We seated approx 1,600 students, legislators, and community media members for an evening of digital media literacy
- DML is the first step to ending the hyper-sexualization of the feminine in multiple media outlets
- The ultimate success will be that media creators stop using sex to sell their products, and lead to better representation of women in positions of power in government and the workplace
We also hosted several seminars with casting directors from L.A., Film Art Historian, Cliff Weimar, and a social media team to improve various film makers' positioning and promotion. The seminar resulted in networking between North and South - creating a exposure of our market and will provide jobs for our community.
Created in 2011, the CIC Fashion Challenge is in its 6th year of success in 2016. We give students and designers a 10 day design challenge with secret materials that must compete on the catwalk on day 10. In 2011, we used newspaper sponsored by the Sacramento Bee, and the winner launched her career at Miosa Couture. In 2012 we had 'Fashion Pairing' where the contestants teamed up with local restaurants using menu items and restaurant theme to create Couture. 2012's winner continues to design and has her own line. 2013 we did 'Poe Couture' teaming up with the Sacramento Library and the CFAA creating Couture from Poetry. The winner of 2013 will be highlighted at SAC Fashion Week in February 2014 and has been recognized world-wide from her design as it was made from Kombucha. 2014's winner, of TRASHION, was Frankie Vanity, who now costumes for many local events. In 2015, Sacha Laurin went on to show at the Oscars on the Red Carpet and to Paris fashion Week.
- Every winner of the program has launched their career as a direct result
- The ultimate goal is for the designer to have a portfolio piece so that they can obtain permanent work or launch their own small business
- The challenge is meant to inspire and push the artist
- Every year we are told that the challenge is a career-maker and we need more of these in the community
- We have teamed up with SAC Fashion Week to keep expectations high
It's a 'soup night' meets 'shark tank' as artists present their latest projects that need funding to a room full of the public who purchased dinner tickets. The audience gets to vote for the best pitch and the winner gets 90% of the evening's funds - with 10% going back into the program for the next month's soup.
This program is being modeled after a similar program in Detroit.
- Over 5 years they have raised $85,000 for projects with 95 dinners
- To date we have had three events, funded a Cyrwheel for SacCirque, funded a fire extinguisher at CIC, and insulating Window Prototype art piece for CLARA Midtown, "Just Keep Swimming"