Press Kit

2017 FIGMENT OAKLAND PRESS KIT

Thanks so much for your interest in FIGMENT Oakland 2017! Below you will find the answers to most of your questions/fact checks. If, after reading this document, you still have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

FIGMENT Oakland Stats

  • What: FIGMENT Oakland 2017
  • When: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 11:00AM – 6:00PM
  • Where: Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94609
  • Visitors 2014: ca. 2,500
  • Projects & Artists 2014: 80+
  • How much: FREE! FIGMENT is a non-commercial, free event!

 

What is FIGMENT?

FIGMENT is a free, family-friendly participatory arts event held in multiple cities and attracting tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy, a celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. FIGMENT celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream.

FIGMENT’s vision for art looks past the white-walled galleries and into the realm of participation. Art is not just something that you stand still and quietly look at–it is something you participate in. You touch it, smell it, write on it, talk to it, dance with it, play with it, learn from it. Interactive art creates a dynamic collaboration between the artist, the audience and their environment. FIGMENT invites everyone to make something, create something... Something that gets people to interact, to participate and collaborate with what they bring and with each other. You can be a professional artist, an inspired amateur, a maker, a doer, a poet, a visionary, a novice, a beginner, an expert, a dreamer, a thinker...

FIGMENT began in July 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York Harbor with over 2,600 participants. Since then, FIGMENT has grown significantly each year. In 2012 FIGMENT hosts events in 9 cities: Jackson (MS), NYC, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cedar Rapids (IA), and Washington DC, as well as the interactive exhibits on NYC’s Governors Island from June through September. Currently in its ninth year, FIGMENT is a non-commercial, de-commodified, environmentally-responsible event. Nothing is sold at FIGMENT and no one makes a profit. There are no corporate sponsors.

 

FIGMENT in so many words

In 1 word FIGMENT is: Free; Participatory; Inclusive; Creative; Community-building; Public; Imaginative; Welcoming; Catalyzing; Uplifting; Energetic; Active; Collaborative; Interactive; Fun; Unexpected; Organic; Experimental

 

In 5 words FIGMENT is:

  • An Annual Celebration of Creative Culture
  • A Participatory Arts Event for Everyone
  • A Meeting Point for Artists and Participants
  • An Explosion of Imagination and Creativity
  • A 25,000-30,000 Person Collaborative Art Project
  • A Community-Based Social Framework
  • A Laboratory for Governors Island’s Future
  • An Experiment in Grassroots Community

 

In 1 sentence FIGMENT is:

FIGMENT is a free participatory arts and creative culture event in Oakland, CA on June 10.

FIGMENT provides an open forum for every type of artist, helps build a creative community, and fosters participatory and public art and creative culture of every sort.

FIGMENT demonstrates what the arts can be: participatory, bursting with creativity and completely free, born from the desire to share imagination and invention between artists and the public.

 

Social Media

Connect with us on…

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FigmentBayArea

Twitter: @figmentoakland

Instagram: @figmentoakland

 

Questions? Contact us!

You can find all this info and more on our website oakland.figmentproject.org.

If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us!

Rick Abruzzo, Producer | rickabruzzo@figmentproject.org 

Marissa Joy Clark, Communications Director | marissajoyclark@figmentproject.org

Irene Malatesta, Outreach Director | im@figmentproject.org 

Emmie Katz, Curatorial Director | emmiekatz@figmentproject.org

 

Donate

FIGMENT is completely FREE to artists and participants thanks to grants and donations. If you enjoy FIGMENT, and share our belief in the importance of free cultural experiences for everyone, please make a tax-deductible donation at the link below, or put a donation in a donation box at the event. Or, if you have a credit card, ask anyone in a FIGMENT T-shirt where you can make a credit card donation. FIGMENT only exists because of individual donations from people like you. No amount is too small.

Donate to FIGMENT: https://oaklandfigmentproject-figmentoakland.nationbuilder.com/donate

FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization entirely funded by grants and individual donations. FIGMENT accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind. FIGMENT is supported by public funds from the National Endowment of the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, as well as by the Fund for Creative Communities.