Not Just Entertainment: Live Installation at Le Voyeur

By JONAH BARRETT

Visual-art shows needn’t just be entertaining, they can also engage audiences and create change in their communities. That’s what local artist Carter Wilson hopes to achieve with Live Installation at Le Voyeur. It’s a collaboration between Wilson, the homeless-youth nonprofit Stand Up For Kids and five local hip-hop artists: Blk Sknn, BrySone!, Erskine, Max Moodie and Skully Vega.

“I’ve connected with a few talented artists since I’ve been in Washington,” Wilson said. “We understand how much power an artist has as a creator … The artists I’ve partnered with have been constantly impacting their own communities while dedicating themselves to the craft, and I’m honored and excited to share the stage with them.” He hopes Live Installation will illustrate how artists can organize for maximum community impact.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation from Stand Up For Kids’ wish list, which includes hats, shoes, socks, first-aid supplies and hygiene products. “I admire the work Stand Up For Kids does,” said Wilson. “Rather than attempt to throw a blanket solution over one of the symptoms of our society, they recognize the importance of empowering the individual so that one day they may be able to attack the problem at its roots and dismantle the system.”

He hopes Live Installation will expand to other venues locally and beyond, where artists can create new opportunities for collaboration with other nonprofits.

“I also have faith,” says Wilson, “in the coming paradigm shift of how artists and consumers of art imagine themselves. How much longer will we allow ourselves to contribute to the culture of entertainment? We have so much to offer each other.”

WHAT

Live Installation

WHEN

10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8

WHERE

Le Voyeur Cafe and Lounge,

404 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

HOW MUCH

Free

LEARN MORE

standupforkids.org/thurston-county/wishlist

360-943-5710

psillycap@gmail.com




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