February 2 – 16, 2012
First Venue: Abrazo Gallery Exhibition Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Education Center, Inc 107 Suffolk Street New York, NY, 2nd Floor
The Bootstrap Arts Festival, an offspring of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) artist as entrepreneur initiative has released its preliminary schedule of exhibits and performances. Presented by NYFA and Artspire.org, a community website that empowers individual arts professionals and organizations, the festival is set to take place throughout February with an opening night gala at NYFA on February 3.
The Bootstrap Festival includes performing, literary, visual and media arts events. The kick-off event features works and performances across a spectrum of media by a number of Artspire.org affiliated artists. The accompanying Boot Camp exhibition at NYFA runs from now through May, 2012.
NYFA’s Boot Camp is designed to help define concrete steps to building a business plan that can lead to greater financial security. The first Bootstrap Arts Festival was held in November 2010 and featured artists who had attended NYFA’s Boot Camp. The 2012 festival continues and expands on that theme as it offers Boot Camp graduates venues and opportunities for exhibiting and/or performing their work.
Anuja Seith reported for the exchange4media group in New Delhi, where she interviewed government officials as well as national and international media, marketing and advertising personalities. Seith also worked as a reporter for local publications—Tri-City Voice, the Santa Clara Weekly, and was a freelance journalist for New America Media in San Francisco. She is currently working as front page editor for DailySource.org, a non-profit news website. Seith received a Master of Science in Mass Communications from San Jose State University.