Award-winning multidisciplinary artist Victor Payan is seeking support during the final days of his crowd-funding campaign to cover costs to attend the prestigious Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Xo Encuentro in Santiago, Chile in July.
"We have raised more than 70% of the funds and are within striking distance of the target," says Payan, an independent artist known for the Keep on Crossin' project and the lucha libre-themed projects Aztec Gold and Rudos y Tecnicos.
"We need to raise just $695 more by Saturday, May 14 to receive funding, and I'm asking my fellow artists, friends and cultural community to help me reach this goal by making a tax-deductible contribution of any size."
Based at NYU, the Hemispheric Institute consists of a network of 42 member universities, over 20 arts and cultural centers, related human rights and social justice organizations, academics and incredible performers from throughout the Americas. The biennial Encuentro is an important gathering of groundbreaking performance artists, teatristas, cultural activists, academics and scholars from Canada to Chile.
Among the artists, performers and activists who have attended the Encuentro are Guillermo Gomez Peña and La Pocha Nostra, Idle No More, Bread and Puppet Theater and Mujeres Creando from Bolivia.
Victor Payan is an award-winning writer and artist who organizes public events that promote tolerance, understanding and community empowerment.
Known for his deft use of humor and satire, Payan has written stories about an activist group revoking George Zimmerman's Latino credentials and Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez opening a new Las Vegas casino called Guadalajara, Guadalajara.
"I am looking forward to this important opportunity to share my border art aesthetic with artists and academics from throughout the Americas, to learn about performance and political theatre traditions in Latin America, and to participate in discussions about how artists are addressing the important social and political issues of today," says Payan.
In addition to attending the Encuentro, Payan will also be developing a new project in Chile called LAFTA, the Latin American Free Thought Agreement.
"The world needs LAFTA now more than ever," says Payan.
All donations are tax deductible and unique perks are also available, such as a signed 18"x24" Keep on Crossin' poster and the opportunity to be digitally included in a photo with Payan in Chile.
Payan is seeking support in the form of tax-deductible donations at any level and is also asking for people to help by sharing the fundraising link via social networks during the last few days of the campaign.
In addition to the perks offered to supporters, Payan adds, "I will be chronicling this trip and my cultural observations through photos, posts, Periscope and other avenues that will provide you with a ringside seat to this important creative journey."
The campaign needs to reach its target of $2,500 by Saturday, May 14 at 11:59pm in order to receive funding, and already raised $1,805 by May 9.