My name is Lauren. I'm the creator and moderator of Asexual Artists, (and on Tumblr), a website dedicated to highlighting asexual voices in the artistic fields. I created the site after I was told that I would never be an artist if I was asexual. When I went looking for other asexual artists, I would usually only find fetishizing articles: based on the media, you could either be asexual or an artist, but you couldn't be both.
I started conducting interviews with asexual identifying artists that highlighted their creativity and uniqueness. No matter what their qualifications or accomplishments or background, every asexual-identifying artist is eligible for an interview. Hobbyists, professionals, aspiring, etc. If an artist creates, they are eligible to be interviewed. I have interviewed almost 600 artists to date. My site continues to grow and it has started attracting attention, both among aces and those interested in learning more about asexual voices in the arts. Many use it as a resource, which brings me to this fundraiser.
A few months ago, I was contacted by Alyssa Casey, who was going to submit a panel to this year's National Women's Studies Association Conference and since she was mentioning Asexual Artists in the description, invited me to participate on the panel. After hearing the pitch, I agreed and the panel was accepted. Here's the panel title and the description, which is found on the site:
Making a Cake from Scratch in a Smart Kitchen: Lessons from Black Feminism for Social Media Representation of Ace Pleasures
“Demita Frazier described the CRC's beginnings as ‘not a mix cake’, meaning that the women involved had to create the meaning and purpose of the group ‘from scratch.’” (Smith, p.172). This roundtable draws parallels between the coalescing of black feminism, identity politics, and intersectionality, that occurred with the founding of the CRC, and contemporary representation-focused, online activisms generating conceptions of pleasure within the Ace community. The presenters - active artists, DJs, collective members, bloggers, instagramers - explore pleasure, fantasy, radical acts of dreaming, woman of color feminisms, and gender self-determination through discussion of asexual interventions in arts, culture, and social media.
Money is rather tight at the moment and I have been given a $250 travel grant, but could really use some help with the other expenses. Here's a breakdown of how I arrived at the figure I'm asking for:
$150: Membership in the NWSA (required for attendees of the conference)
$203.28: Hilton Baltimore (I have limited mobility due to anxiety issues and therefore have to stay in the hotel where the convention is being held)
$209.95: Travel (plane tickets there)
The rest will go to other expenses that might be required, such as transportation to and from the hotel.
It is my dream to raise more awareness about asexual voices and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you can help, I would be incredibly grateful.
Thank you for your time.