I have to volunteer to show my artwork? Can't I just hang it up?
Yes, and No, respectively. The Sideshow is a collaborative effort, and
unless everyone pulls their weight, too much work ends up on the shoulders
of too few people. Unlike a show at a nightclub or gallery, there is no
one making any money by participating - our organizers each put in hundreds
(collectively, thousands) of hours of work and raise thousands of dollars
to make this possible, and they do it out of the love they have for our
community and the passion they experience in helping you create. All they
ask in return is that you help out by working the bar, cleaning up after
the show, prepping the space for other artists, or helping out in some
Doesn't my installation count as volunteering?
When you participate and get involved by volunteering, you're ultimately
the one who benefits - by being a productive member of the community, making
new friends, and making our world a better place to live and create in.
Your installation wouldn't even be possible if it weren't for other artists
volunteering to make The Sideshow possible - take a look around you and
you'll see people sweeping the floors, making signs, installing electricity,
helping each other out in a million other little ways. These are all artists
brimming with passion about their work and their community, and just think
- you could be one of them! We want you to have the opportunity to experience
this, and that's why volunteering beyond your personal installation is
mandatory. Notice the word opportunity - you have to create this experience
for yourself, we're just here to help!
Do I get free beer for being a participant?
No. Participation does not entitle you to anything except the pride
you take in your own participation. No matter how much you think
there are at least ten people who have put waaaaay more time, effort
and money into the show than you. They're not asking for, or getting,
treatment. And they know better than to create a drain on the resources
of the group by asking for free beers at the bar.
Why can't I put price tags on my work? If I'm going to be spending
my valuable time and effort, not to mention money, setting up my own
helping other people do theirs, shouldn't I be able to recoup those
costs by selling my artwork?
The Sideshow is an explicitly non-commercial venture. There are no
sponsors, no advertising, no admission fees, and no sales. You are
free to put your
information up with your work, and talk to anyone who stops by your
installation, but actively soliciting sales is deeply frowned upon.
If you don't like
it, that's OK - we have lots of other events for you to participate
in where selling your work is strongly encouraged.
I can't sale my work, but The Circus can sell food
and drink? What gives?
We're selling food and making drinks available for donation in order
for you to show your work. It helps offset the costs associated with
space, getting supplies, renting a PA and lighting, among other miscellaneous
expenses. We've never made a significant amount of money from this
go into funding other collaborative ventures, such as The Yellow Cab Community
Arts Building. You may sell your work (assumng that you abided by the
last FAQ) but we ask that you please leave the work up until the completion
on your sales.
If you have any other questions, please write to us at email@example.com