Tonight brings full circle a hugely successful year for RAW in Kansas City by celebrating and voting for top artists in a variety of categories in the semi-final show starting at 7:00pm at the Uptown Theater (map below). Local organizers have done a tremendous job in selecting and showcasing local painters, jewel designers, fashion designers, photographers, musicians, dancers, models, hair stylists, makeup artists and so much more. This underground movement has made such a positive impact on the art community in Kansas City this year and continues to grow each month.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting RAW Showcases in Kansas City! It’s fantastic to uncover those hidden gems across the nation,” says RAW Founder, Heidi Luerra. “All artists deserve to be seen and heard, so we’re happy we could be a catalyst in that process.”
RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists. They
welcome all genres of art including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists and more. RAW currently operates in 54 cities across the United States & Australia and counting. These showcases occur once a month in each city location (54 showcases a month). RAW season runs from February-October and comes to an extravagant end with an indie arts awards show RAWards, which begins tonight with the semi-final show.
www.RAWartists.org is designed to showcase RAW artists online. RAWartists.org hosts a plethora of online profiles and is open to the public to view, however, the site profiles and perks are reserved for only selected RAW artists. RAW artists can connect with other RAW artists, post videos and music, promote upcoming projects, and track their success.
RAWards Show: during a two month-process, a panel of judges and the nation-at-large vote for their top five favorite artists of the year in film, fashion, music, art, photography, performing art, accessories, hair and makeup. RAW takes that popular vote and narrows down nominees in each city location. Tonight is when the community will place a live vote (complete with a ballot) at a semi-final nominee showcase. One winner from every city, in every category is chosen by the community (e.g. RAW:Denver, Fashion Designer of the Year). One winner from every city in every category goes on to be judged by the RAW panel of industry professionals in each field. The scores are based on criteria in skill, creativty, wow factor and professionalism. The winners are announced online in December, and honored with their awards at the annual RAWards Show in Hollywood, CA (mid-January). The winners receive big career-boosting prizes like distribution, store placement, studio time, gallery placement and consultations with industry executives and professionals. It’s truly an awesome event with performances and highlights from the RAW season.
So come out starting at 7:00pm tonight to support the local arts community, vote for your favorites and be thoroughly entertained in the process. Cheers to RAW!
Did you like this article? Subscribe to be notified when a new article is published by Drew Denny, please “Add Comment” below, follow Drew on Twitter or Facebook, and send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out Drew’s other columns:
National Paddle Sports Examiner
National Amazing Race Examiner