Give & Receive RESTiprocity! We believe our rest is revolutionary and the catalyst for creativity, healing, and experiencing belonging. We won't rest until everyone can rest!

ABOUT FRIENDS OF FISTERRA & BENEFITS

 

FRIENDS OF FISTERRA members commit to supporting our projects. The impact of this core group of caring polymaths is fundamental and plays a vital role in propelling our mission forward. 100% of your contribution supports arts programming led by, for, and with our communities facing the immediate threat of erasure.

 

We promote personal and social well-being on a local, national, and global scale through the arts, aided by science and technology. Founded by women, our Board of Directors is completely BI-POC led, and our projects are directed by emerging and established artists, several transitioning out of chronic houselessness.

 

We are a cultural partner utilizing art to inspire and revitalize people and communities in Austin. Each season, our events range from Draw Together (our community block party for neighbors experiencing houselessness) to dance workshops, performances, interactive multimedia installations, and our annual festival, REST Fest. Join our family network of over 15,000 members worldwide and amplify Homegrown Art!

 

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 the 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 Amy Morrow as Executive Director and represented the project at The Augmenting Cities Conference produced by Niantic and the Knight Foundation.

 

We are architects of the futures we want to see and the ancestors we want to become. Our collaborators include Denver Jesus Gonzalez (journalist and art activist), Jason Akira Somma (Rolex Grant Award), Zoe Scofield (Guggenheim Fellow), as well as physicists, psychologists, geologists, mathematicians, and data wizards. Because we care, we show up with solidarity, not charity. Because we believe, we practice. Because we dream, we play with the impossible.

 

 

THE POWER OF ONE GOOD DAY

 

Jennifer Chenoweth once told me, “No matter how hard life hits, if we can have one good day, we might imagine another.”

 

October 26 was one good day for me. I remember a morning of music, art, and a warm breakfast in the streets. Ruta, a theater on wheels, arrived from El Paso and opened its doors to guests experiencing homelessness to share a moment of wonder. A ballet troupe leaped through the streets, and our guests joined in the dance. The afternoon explored storytelling with data and virtual realities across Austin, and the evening stars fell with music and dance in every crevice of the theater.

 

People, people made it good. Our emerging dance fellow from Mexico completed his 19-month mentorship by presenting his own choreography and sharing the stage with award-winning artists from six other countries. His mother beamed with joy in the audience and then jumped onstage to dance with another audience member. The next day, these three new friends spontaneously hit the road to Monterrey. Obstacles became opportunities, strangers became friends, and I remember life is good.

 

Five years ago, we started an experiment asking, “Where do you feel a sense of belonging?” Today I ask, how do you want to shape each day?

 

 

SHAPING OUR FUTURE

 

HELP A NEIGHBOR!

Draw Together throws community block parties and invites people experiencing houselessness to move make and meditate. Led by Denver Jesus Gonzalez and residents at Camp Esperanza, we create Urban Echo art installations and an Arts Magazine that provides sustainable and dignified incomes for survivors.

 

SUPPORT AN ARTIST!
The Theorists provide scholarships and mentorships for transitory artists from Texas and Mexico to collaborate. Over the past four years, we have opened opportunities to train and tour 14 cities across three countries. During COVID, we focused locally on homegrown art from the streets. Our journey of 100 days of rest culminates with REST Fest gathering dozens of artists and art lovers in Austin.

 

JOIN THE DANCE!
Our Theorist Toolbox series provides movement classes for people of diverse ages, abilities, and backgrounds to push beyond their familiar limits.

 

SHARE YOUR STORY!
The XYZ Atlas is an interactive public art project asking where we feel a sense of belonging mapping our collective experiences.

 

Giving Options


$25 SPARKLER

** WHAT YOU GIVE ** Spark a new project and add your light to our art! Cover a meal, art supplies, or one hour of residency space for unhoused artists to collaborate and create.

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$50 ENCOURAGER

** WHAT YOU GIVE ** $50 gives a dignified wage to artists transitioning into housing to teach an art class. We've done a lot with a little and a little goes a long way.

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$250 FRIEND

** WHAT YOU RECEIVE ** • Name recognition on website & digital + printed promotional materials • Special invitations to private parties & behind-the-scenes rehearsals ** WHAT YOU GIVE ** support our BIPOC scholarship fund, pays festival artists, or covers art supplies for creative residents at Camp Esperanza.

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$1,000 THEORIST

** WHAT YOU RECEIVE ** • Name recognition as "Co-Producer" on website & digital + printed promotional materials • VIP Admission for 2 to REST 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

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$2,500 LIONHEART

Be the brave map maker and travel with us! ** WHAT YOU RECEIVE **• Guaranteed VIP REST Fest 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) • Fisterra concierge services for when you’re traveling abroad--we are happy to offer personalized performance/art/festival recommendations ** WHAT YOU GIVE **  Commission an original mixed-media performance instillation for the Season.

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$10,000 MATCHMAKER

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 Season Productions • 25% off Season tickets for all employees • Special invitations to private parties & behind-the-scenes rehearsals • Private dinner with Amy Morrow and 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.

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$5,000 EXPERIMENTALIST

** WHAT YOU RECEIVE ** • Guaranteed festival reservations for up to 2 people  • Private preview of the REST Fest 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.

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Fisterra Amy Morrow amy@fisterra.xyz 8176922263