Our Austin Story - Finding Fisterra

We are caring polymath people who promote personal & social well-being on a community, national, & global scale through the arts, aided by science and technology.

ABOUT FRIENDS OF FISTERRA & BENEFITS

 

FRIENDS OF FISTERRA members commit to supporting Fisterra with an annual minimum donation of $1,000 or $2500 per year for three years. The impact of this core group of caring polymaths is fundamental and plays a vital role in propelling Fisterra projects forward. 100% of your contribution goes to paying artists.

 

We're a cultural partner utilizing art to inspire and revitalize people and communities in Austin. Each season our events range from "draw-in" breakfasts with local individuals experiencing homelessness, to dance workshops drawing international artists from our network of 15k+ members, to interactive multi-media installations.

 

Fisterra was founded by visual artist and entrepreneur, Jennifer Chenoweth. Austin Way featured Chenoweth’s project the XYZ Atlas on the cover of their “Art of the City” issue in 2016. Using community input to map emotional experiences of residents of Austin, Chenoweth created a mixed-media installation called the “XYZ Atlas: the Hedonic Map of Austin”, which culminated in an exhibition at the high point of collective experience, Zilker Park in May of 2016. The Downtown Austin Alliance commissioned XYZ Atlas: Congress Avenue in 2017. Jennifer presented the XYZ Atlas at TEDMED 2017. In 2019, Chenoweth appointed dance and technology duo Amy Morrow as Artistic Director and Larry Vanston as Executive Director of Fisterra.

 

Fisterra creates discourse between artists, physicists, psychologists, multi-media artists, and database architects. Executive Director, Dr. Vanston is an internationally recognized authority on technology forecasting for the communications industry. He has conducted and managed future-looking studies for the communications and other high-tech industries for over thirty years. With his expertise, we collaborate with lauded artists such as Jason Akira Somma (Rolex Grant Award) and Zoe Scofield (Guggenheim Fellow).

 

 

OUR PROJECTS:

 

Our projects converge to further our mission annually during Theorist Fest featuring 85 multi-disciplinary artsits from seven countries over a four-day-weekend in Austin Texas. THEORIST FEST (October 24-27, 2019 in Downtown Austin) highlights Fisterra's projects including:

 

THE THEORISTS | dance performances, immerstive installations, classes & workshops

 

DRAW TOGETHER | creative kit events for neighbors experiencing homelessness

 

XYZ ATLAS | hedonic map of cities connecting people to their experiences and a shared sense of belonging

 

Giving Options


$2,500LIONHEART
** WHAT YOU RECEIVE **• Guaranteed festival reservations for up to 4 people  • Private preview of the festival program before it’s released to the public • Invites to quarterly adventures with guest artists • Exclusive opportunities to meet visiting artists throughout the year • Discounts on tickets to other Fisterra events year-round • Extend benefit to another person (i.e. friend/spouse, etc) • Invitation to annual Summer Shindig • Fisterra concierge services for when you’re traveling abroad--we are happy to offer personalized performance/art/festival recommendations ** WHAT YOU GIVE ** Pay for portable marley floor and performance lights for The Theorists on tour. Commission two new performance works for the Season.
$10,000MATCHMAKER
Match our grant from the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division $10,000+ ** WHAT YOU RECEIVE ** • Name recognition as "Heading Sponsor" on website & digital + printed promotional materials • Season tickets for 8 to all The Theorists Season Five Productions • 25% off Season tickets for all employees • Special invitations to private parties & behind-the-scenes rehearsals • Private dinner with Amy Morrow and Season Four guest artists or performance by The Theorists for your upcoming event or party ** WHAT YOU GIVE ** Underwrite an XYZ Atlas Installation or Theorist performance tour for the season.
$5,000EXPERIMENTALIST
** WHAT YOU RECEIVE ** • Guaranteed festival reservations for up to 2 people  • Private preview of the festival program before it’s released to the public • Fisterra concierge services offering personalized show recommendations • Invites to quarterly adventures with guest artists • Exclusive opportunities to meet visiting Fisterra artists throughout the year • Discounts on tickets to other Fisterra events year-round • Extend benefit to another person (i.e. friend/spouse, etc) ** WHAT YOU GIVE ** Underwrite our theater rental for the Festival, produce four Draw Together events for the season, produce a professional development workshop with The Theorists.
$1,000THEORIST
** WHAT YOU RECEIVE ** • Name recognition as "Co-Producer" on website & digital + printed promotional materials • VIP Admission for 2 to Theorist Fest • Special invitations to private parties & behind-the-scenes rehearsals ** WHAT YOU GIVE ** Cover lighting and sound for one night of the festival, produce a Draw Together event, commission a new choreographic work for the Festival. Commission two artists from the streets to create art for Draw Together
$250FRIEND
** WHAT YOU RECEIVE ** • Name recognition on website & digital + printed promotional materials • Special invitations to private parties & behind-the-scenes rehearsals ** WHAT YOU GIVE ** Give a scholarship to a dancer from Mexico, artist fees for our festival, or cater one homeless breakfast.
$50ENCOURAGER
** WHAT YOU GIVE ** We've done a lot with a little and can make a little go a long way. Encourage a specific project with $50 and we'll make it serve a few dozen people. Cover coffee for our homeless breakfast, accommodation for a dancer, or master class scholarship for a community member!
$25KICKSTARTER
** WHAT YOU GIVE ** Help kickstart a project! Cover a meal, art supplies, or one hour of dance class space.

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Fisterra Amy Morrow amy@fisterra.xyz 8176922263