Belatedly, I have finally gotten up the photos from the Maram Arts fundraiser for Puerto Rico last winter. Thanks again to all the artists who brought their talents and energy out on a cold night, and to the audience and donors for the silent auction and online fundraiser. Together, we raised $2000 for Puerto Rico disaster relief!
Maram is a new Oak Park arts collective, and all are welcome to join; Maram means ‘tree’ in Tamil. Our next Maram event will be in February at L!ve Cafe, date still TBD. We’re thinking a ‘love’ theme for Valentine’s Day, with proceeds to go to Brown Elephant, which supports LGBT health services. Possibly in combination with a clothing swap sometime that week! If you’re interested in performing with us (it’d be a short 3-minute piece, and we’re looking for writers, singers, musicians, comedians, etc.), please drop me a line, and/or join the FB group for Maram, where we’ll shortly be hashing out the date and other logistics: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1426018354109158/
Artists pictured: Oryana Quintero, Amanda Daly, Molly Sackler, Maya Kuper, Toni Nealie, Anjali Karia, and Maui Jones. Not pictured (how I missed them, I don’t know) but also awesome: Christy Bonstell & Andy Carey, Allison Baxter, Angeli Primlani, and Kat Tanaka Okopnik. Thanks again, and thanks as well to my co-host, Alexius Cruz O’Malley, Christopher Pence for publicity work, and to L!VE Café and Creative Space for donating the space!