Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks

Black womanhood on a black woman's terms. Through my instillation I seek to empower other women to become their own subversive heroines.

Tanisha
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Project Description

Black Americana: A. Black. Woman. Speaks.  

A mobile arts instillation inspired by and in the tradition of Nina Simone, Maya Angelo, Harriet Tubman, Zora Neale Hurston, Ntozake Shange, and Beah Richards; specifically her ground breaking poem A Black Woman Speaks and other prolific black American women creatives, artists, activists and change agents and their impact on American History and global resistance movement. The immersive experience will include and be filtered through the mediums of photography, poetry, film media, & drama and consist of a Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography visual art exhibition, choreo-poem, two films; one an educational mixtape/documentary exploring the legacy and subversive ideas of subversive black women through out the Black American Historical timeline and a theatrical film short about an extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary black girl. The entire instillation will be archived via a fine art coffee table book & spoken word EP and toured regionally, nationally and internationally funding allows. The exhibition will target spaces for marginalized women of color and also predominately white spaces where the voices of women of color are absent in the hopes of inspiring, educating, mobilizing, and speaking truth to power. There are a lot of people saying a lot of things about black women. BLACK AMERICANA: A. Black. Woman. Speaks is the response and a master class in what happens when black womanhood speaks back on a black woman’s terms. Highlighting the pain, pride and power embedded in our collective narrative. A creative call to action to every girl & woman of color, your voice matters, through creatively expressing how I became a subversive heroine in my own narrative and infusing the work with the voices that shaped me & spoke up on my half decades before my parents ever met. I give an admonish and hope to inspire others to do the same. As an artist and media entrepreneur currently working on launching PRETTY FIRE as a media brand. I consider myself to be a modern day griot focusing on telling stories that redefine and re-appropriate "BLACK AMERICANA" highlighting and finding the beauty in the contradictions, pain and pride within "our stories" and thus hoping to discover and re-claim the beauty within my own. I use my creative expression as modalities to HEAL, to TEACH & EXPAND.To me the art and the artist are one I produce and curate the conversation & content  I need in the world. It is my way of using my gifts in service to the collective and a way of using the art to empower marginalized black women to mobilize. Phenomenal things happen when a black woman speaks.The body of work seeks to empower use as subversive heroines in our own lives and communities creatively positioning us as the baton pass and legacy of those black women who spoke before us, we speak our truths, cast vision for the future and call to action in the present in the hope of galvanizing young black women, specifically marginalized teens, & young black mothers with an affirmation of worth and a platform to be heard. 

THE TOUR:

Chicago - Detroit - Kalamazoo - Cuba - Nigeria - Toronto - Haiti - Atlanta - New Orleans - Houston - Dallas - St Louis - Kansas City - Oakland - LA - Philadelphia - Indianapolis - Cleveland - Charlotte - Jamaica - Miami 

 

Thank you for your contribution and support. I’ve actually been attempting to execute this vision out of pocket as a single mother and domestic violence survivor my capital is limited but my previous creative projects were viral successes on a shoe string budget this money would allow me to overcome fiscal limitations. I believe you put your time, art and money where your heart is this will be the first time any one has invested monetarily into my art and vision, which has been a saving grace and facilitated transcending circumstances and social economic barriers to impact the world for the better.

With extensive experience as a social justice, project based creative, cultural influencer, performer & teaching artist for organizations like Old Kings Orchard, New Horizon Learning Center, University of Illinois and YMCA, and key contributions to social justice & identify based viral online movements like Infamous Mother’s, Beautiful In Every Shade & 50 Shades of Black and my theatrical experience with the Techtonic Theatre Company, SITI Company, WMU’s production of Good Death, BACC & Fire’s production Bread Crumbs which highlighted the stores of black LGBTQI populations from south West Michigan in their own words. I’ve devised, produced, acted, directed and performed in multiple works plays & film shorts. I’ve collected real stories and photographed real people and imbedded there truth into bodies of work that moved the world forward in dynamic ways. I’ve used my platform and artistry to advocate full time for marginalized black populations specifically women like me.

I am requesting $31,000 to cover the production of mobile art instillation components and plan to generate revenue through selling downloadable and hard copies of the creative / educational components of the instillation as well as ticket sales and future bookings. 

• Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

•Spoken Word E.P.

•Art Exhibition 

•Choreopoem (One Woman Show) 

•Documentary Short Film

•Theatrical Short Film  

• instillation Tour 

The Budget:

**Art Exhibit**

 Lens Rental  

Studio Space Rental

Beauty Dish

Soft Box

Reflector 

Flash 

Mounting / Hanging 

Frames / Matting

Video Projector 

Projector Back Drop

Editing Software Updates

**Stage Play** 

Stage Lighting

Black Set Cubes 

Portable Stage

Portable Sound System

Portable Back Drop

**General Needs**

Portable Seating

Storage/Studio Space 

Video Camera

Tripod 

Mics 

Speakers 

Audio Equipment

**Tour**

Hotel

Flight 

Rental Car

Meals

**Spoken Word E.P.** 

Recording Studio Rental

Producer / Engineer

Cd / Flash Drives Production

Cover Art

**Coffee Table Book**

MUA

Hair

Wardrobe

Self Publishing

**Film**

Subscription to Online Streaming Service

Editing Software

Online Archive Storage

Locations and Shooting Permits

Wardrobe 

Hair

MUA

Actors 

Mics

**The Artist**

Time / Labor / Rehearsals

Support Staff

 

I believe my creative foundation as a classically trained actress, spoken word poet and creative photographer with 45,000 combined social media following & viral blog features on notable platforms like Afro-Punk & For Harriet; 13 years of performance experience as well as an an educator in cross cultural settings including with at risk and special needs populations have all prepared me to do this work. 

Of particular interest I am highly skilled in: 

• Producing creative works with 4 years experience as an independent producer and 4 additional years as a co-founding member of Face Off Theatre Company 

• Experience providing guidance to students in the YMCA late night youth program. 

• Experience in implementing varies pedagogical approaches to the disciplines of drama, creative writing & visual art. 

As you are seeking to fund grassroots initiatives I hope you will consider mine. Thank you for your consideration 

https://youtu.be/_ii8kwAKw4g

 

The Project FAQs

Why does an art instillation cost $31,000  

Great question! The cost of the project is actually higher. I have already been using my creative gifts in service to and within the community for years; writing, directing, acting, dancing, shooting, advocating for & teaching around Black Americana,being a subversive heroin in your own life & intersections around black womanhood. More specifically, INSERT OLD KING. 17 poems com pletedwo photo shoots--one in Chicago and one in Madison, WI. And the work is beautiful. To initiate, we had to pay thousands up front. These upfront costs included travel costs for collaborators--one was flown in from North Carolina and the other drove in from Chapaign-Urbana, Illinois. We paid hotel fees for each as well as cover meals and parking. We paid for the cost to retain them and for any gallery work they produced as samples of what's to come upon full payment. We paid for a makeup artist at the Chicago shoot. Not to mention, we had so many other other costs that added up to make those weekends work.

So part of the cost included in this 25K comes from balances owed to our two photographers, our videographer, interviewer and our branding team. Because our collaborators believe in the mission of our work, they provided their services with the understanding that they will receive any unmet payment once funding was raised. But that was for services only. We will not receive final edited photos until all accounts are paid in full. Another part includes the cost to transcribe interviews. Because of the amount of women we interviewed, outsourcing this work is more efficient. We also are paying for a professional editor. I am an English major, but I do not have copy editing experience. So we included the cost to hire one. We are paying a professional to design the layout of the book. The rest includes the actual production of the book (this includes the anticipated costs of the first 100 books) and fundraising costs. Finally, it includes selling costs: marketing and packaging.

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*Digital Download 1 fine art photograph from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery 

*Digital Download Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP 

*Black Americana T-shirt

 

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*Black Americana Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

*Digital Download Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape

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*Black Americana Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

*Signed Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape & Digital Download

 

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* Signed fine art poster 11 x17 from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery & Digital Download

* Signed Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP & Digital Download

* Signed Black Americana T-shirt

*Digital Download Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape

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* Signed fine art poster 11 x17 from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery & Digital Download

* Signed Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP & Digital Download

* Signed Black Americana T-shirt

*Black Americana Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

*Digital Download Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape

*Patreon Membership with EXCLUSIVE content

*2 Instillation Tickets

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* Signed fine art poster 11 x17 from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery & Digital Download

* Signed Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP & Digital Download

* Signed Black Americana T-shirt

*Black Americana Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

*Digital Download Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape

*Patreon Membership with EXCLUSIVE content

*5 Instillation Tickets

*Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography One Hour Portrait Session

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* Signed fine art poster 11 x17 from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery & Digital Download

* Signed Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP & Digital Download

* Signed Black Americana T-shirt

*Black Americana Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

*Digital Download Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape

*Patreon Membership with EXCLUSIVE content

*5 Instillation Tickets

*Half Day Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Portrait Session

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* Signed fine art poster 11 x17 from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery & Digital Download

* Signed Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP & Digital Download

* Signed Black Americana T-shirt

*Black Americana Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

*Digital Download Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape

*Patreon Membership with EXCLUSIVE content

*5 Instillation Tickets

*Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Full Day Portrait Session 

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*You will be added as a tour stop or receive a private exhibition of the entire instillation

* Signed fine art poster 11 x17 from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery & Digital Download

* Signed Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP & Digital Download

* Signed Black Americana T-shirt

*Black Americana Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

*Digital Download Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape

*Patreon Membership with EXCLUSIVE content

 

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*Digital Download 1 fine art photograph from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery 

*Digital Download Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP 

*Black Americana T-shirt

 

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* Signed Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP & Digital Download

* Signed Black Americana T-shirt

*Black Americana Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

*Digital Download Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape

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* Signed fine art poster 11 x17 from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery & Digital Download

* Signed Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP & Digital Download

* Signed Black Americana T-shirt

*Black Americana Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

*Signed Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape & Digital Download

 

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* Signed fine art poster 11 x17 from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery & Digital Download

* Signed Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP & Digital Download

* Signed Black Americana T-shirt

*Digital Download Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape

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* Signed fine art poster 11 x17 from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery & Digital Download

* Signed Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP & Digital Download

* Signed Black Americana T-shirt

*Black Americana Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

*Digital Download Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape

*Patreon Membership with EXCLUSIVE content

*2 Instillation Tickets

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* Signed fine art poster 11 x17 from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery & Digital Download

* Signed Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP & Digital Download

* Signed Black Americana T-shirt

*Black Americana Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

*Digital Download Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape

*Patreon Membership with EXCLUSIVE content

*5 Instillation Tickets

*Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography One Hour Portrait Session

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* Signed fine art poster 11 x17 from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery & Digital Download

* Signed Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP & Digital Download

* Signed Black Americana T-shirt

*Black Americana Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

*Digital Download Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape

*Patreon Membership with EXCLUSIVE content

*5 Instillation Tickets

*Half Day Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Portrait Session

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* Signed fine art poster 11 x17 from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery & Digital Download

* Signed Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP & Digital Download

* Signed Black Americana T-shirt

*Black Americana Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

*Digital Download Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape

*Patreon Membership with EXCLUSIVE content

*5 Instillation Tickets

*Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Full Day Portrait Session 

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*You will be added as a tour stop or receive a private exhibition of the entire instillation

* Signed fine art poster 11 x17 from an exclusive Black Americana: Tanisha Lynn Pyron Creative Photography Digital Gallery & Digital Download

* Signed Pretty Fire the Poet Spoken Word EP & Digital Download

* Signed Black Americana T-shirt

*Black Americana Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book

*Digital Download Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks Documentary/Mixtape

*Patreon Membership with EXCLUSIVE content

 

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