Mary Clare Rietz is creating socially engaged art
8

patrons

$39
per month
Hi there, thank you so much for visiting! My art work is all about cultivating connections among people, especially those who might not otherwise meet, or develop relationships, but who do want to connect to make their community a better place.

I've loved taking recent participatory art works from vision to reality, and I want to keep going. I believe this kind of creative community-building is really potent, and needed now more than ever. All the more powerful if you join me!!

I have a background in community organizing, and I'm an artist. I put the two together in what's known these days as socially engaged art, or social practice. Some examples of things I've done recently can be seen on my website http://maryclarerietz.com, and below.

I'm committed to collaboration, and often as the artist I offer the "frame" in the form of a concept or a prompt, and invite community folks to voice the work.

Recent works:

  • On The Map|Over-the-Rhine, that used mapping and storytelling to facilitate connections across difference, among the diverse mix of people who live and work in a rapidly developing central Cincinnati historic neighborhood. A mobile kiosk and a 6-sided modular table, both hand-built by me using wood scraps from rehabbed buildings, and both designed to move around the neighborhood to meet people where they are, served as the "locations" for this work. 

  • Who do you want to move?, a dance performance to a packed house in the lobby of the Contemporary Arts Center here in Cincinnati, in which both longtime and new residents expressed their experiences of living in a rapidly changing urban neighborhood.

  • Outside/In, a guided walk organized with local folks in Washington, DC that used storytelling, performance, music, and visual art to educate and inform visitors on an issue of importance both at local and national levels.

  • Tea Break, a participatory work in Delhi, India, that strengthened the connection among a visiting American university group and the local staff where we stayed, by pairing visitors with locals, serving everyone masala tea, and offering materials and a process designed to facilitate everyday ways of getting to know: names, self- introductions, and exchange of Hindi and English language.
Rewards
You got access!!
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
My ideas usually come first as complete visions that download themselves into my brain. Of course, they evolve as the work develops, and that's fun to see too. 


At this level, you'll have patron-only access on the Activity Feed to photos, writing, and sometimes videos of:

 

  • behind-the-scenes info on those earliest-stage visions 
  • ideas as they develop 
  • current work-in progress 


PLUS... this month only: two (2)   " _____ IS A WOMEN'S ISSUE!" posters, for you and a friend!!

  

Poster freshness does not expire after January 21 - could be used for any relevant event or action.


(poster delivery in time for Women's March available to Cincinnati residents only, AND anyone who meets me at the march in DC)


Let's break it down!
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
I'll share the inside scoop re: the HOWs of past, recent and current work. Not only interesting for those curious about social practice art, but relevant for community organizing, community development, social justice, action research, and other socially-engaged topics or projects you might be into. 


PLUS... this month only: " _____ IS A WOMEN'S ISSUE!" posters for you AND your marcher friends (up to six (6)!!


Poster freshness does not expire after January 21 - could be used for any relevant event or action.

  

(poster delivery in time for Women's March available to Cincinnati residents only, AND anyone who meets me at the march in DC)


Plus all previous rewards.

Credit where credit's DUE!
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Hey, if you're going to support my work, I'm going to tell the world! (with your permission, of course:-) 


Your name listed wherever work you've supported is being shown, done, performed, carried out. 


PLUS


This month only: " _____ IS A WOMEN'S ISSUE!" posters for you AND your marcher friends AND family (up to twelve (12)!!


Poster freshness does not expire after January 21 - could be used for any relevant event or action.


(poster delivery in time for Women's March available to Cincinnati residents only, AND anyone who meets me at the march in DC)


Plus all previous rewards.

Let's hang OUT (on Google)
$20 or more per month 1 patron
A meet-up with me and other patrons via Google Hangout to talk shop. Even if your "shop" is different from my "shop," you're interested in work I'm doing, I know I'll be interested in what you're up to.  A time to ask me any questions you might have, bounce ideas off me for your work, share my ideas for next projects... 

30 minutes. 


PLUS... this month only: " _____ IS A WOMEN'S ISSUE!" posters for your entire group/organization (up to fifty (50)!!


Poster freshness does not expire after January 21 - could be used for any relevant event or action.


(poster delivery in time for Women's March available to Cincinnati residents only, AND anyone who meets me at the march in DC)


Plus all previous rewards.

A drawing just for YOU!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Yep, I'm a social practice artist, but drawing is my first LOVE, and I have a regular practice. At this level, I'll draw something personalized, just for you, plus you'll get all previous rewards.


PLUS... this month only: " _____ IS A WOMEN'S ISSUE!" posters for your entire group/organization (up to 100)!!


Poster freshness does not expire after January 21 - could be used for any relevant event or action.


(poster delivery in time for Women's March available to Cincinnati residents only, AND anyone who meets me at the march in DC)

I'll be your consultant
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
I've often said, if I could get paid for ideas... Well, here's an opportunity for you and I to benefit from just that! At this level, you get an hour of my time, by phone or video chat, to focus on any project you're working on and would like ideas for, feedback on, help developing.  THIS is a good one.


PLUS


This month only: " _____ IS A WOMEN'S ISSUE!" posters for your entire group/organization (up to 200)!!


Poster freshness does not expire after January 21 - could be used for any relevant event or action.


(poster delivery in time for Women's March available to Cincinnati residents only, AND anyone who meets me at the march in DC)


Plus all previous rewards.

Goals
$39 of $350 per month
Meeting this monthly goal will support my work on
"_______ IS A WOMEN'S ISSUE!" 

See my video and first post below to learn what the project's all about.

I'm printing 1,000 18"x24" posters. Total cost for the whole project includes: printing the posters; markers for participants; design/build of a simple cart-table combo for poster transport and distribution in DC; travel to & housing in DC; and my time+labor. By participating at any tier level, you'll be part of making this project go!

And... in addition to rewards for each tier, this month only: Participation gets you POSTERS!

Let's DO this!!
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Hi there, thank you so much for visiting! My art work is all about cultivating connections among people, especially those who might not otherwise meet, or develop relationships, but who do want to connect to make their community a better place.

I've loved taking recent participatory art works from vision to reality, and I want to keep going. I believe this kind of creative community-building is really potent, and needed now more than ever. All the more powerful if you join me!!

I have a background in community organizing, and I'm an artist. I put the two together in what's known these days as socially engaged art, or social practice. Some examples of things I've done recently can be seen on my website http://maryclarerietz.com, and below.

I'm committed to collaboration, and often as the artist I offer the "frame" in the form of a concept or a prompt, and invite community folks to voice the work.

Recent works:

  • On The Map|Over-the-Rhine, that used mapping and storytelling to facilitate connections across difference, among the diverse mix of people who live and work in a rapidly developing central Cincinnati historic neighborhood. A mobile kiosk and a 6-sided modular table, both hand-built by me using wood scraps from rehabbed buildings, and both designed to move around the neighborhood to meet people where they are, served as the "locations" for this work. 

  • Who do you want to move?, a dance performance to a packed house in the lobby of the Contemporary Arts Center here in Cincinnati, in which both longtime and new residents expressed their experiences of living in a rapidly changing urban neighborhood.

  • Outside/In, a guided walk organized with local folks in Washington, DC that used storytelling, performance, music, and visual art to educate and inform visitors on an issue of importance both at local and national levels.

  • Tea Break, a participatory work in Delhi, India, that strengthened the connection among a visiting American university group and the local staff where we stayed, by pairing visitors with locals, serving everyone masala tea, and offering materials and a process designed to facilitate everyday ways of getting to know: names, self- introductions, and exchange of Hindi and English language.

Recent posts by Mary Clare Rietz

Rewards
You got access!!
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
My ideas usually come first as complete visions that download themselves into my brain. Of course, they evolve as the work develops, and that's fun to see too. 


At this level, you'll have patron-only access on the Activity Feed to photos, writing, and sometimes videos of:

 

  • behind-the-scenes info on those earliest-stage visions 
  • ideas as they develop 
  • current work-in progress 


PLUS... this month only: two (2)   " _____ IS A WOMEN'S ISSUE!" posters, for you and a friend!!

  

Poster freshness does not expire after January 21 - could be used for any relevant event or action.


(poster delivery in time for Women's March available to Cincinnati residents only, AND anyone who meets me at the march in DC)


Let's break it down!
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
I'll share the inside scoop re: the HOWs of past, recent and current work. Not only interesting for those curious about social practice art, but relevant for community organizing, community development, social justice, action research, and other socially-engaged topics or projects you might be into. 


PLUS... this month only: " _____ IS A WOMEN'S ISSUE!" posters for you AND your marcher friends (up to six (6)!!


Poster freshness does not expire after January 21 - could be used for any relevant event or action.

  

(poster delivery in time for Women's March available to Cincinnati residents only, AND anyone who meets me at the march in DC)


Plus all previous rewards.

Credit where credit's DUE!
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Hey, if you're going to support my work, I'm going to tell the world! (with your permission, of course:-) 


Your name listed wherever work you've supported is being shown, done, performed, carried out. 


PLUS


This month only: " _____ IS A WOMEN'S ISSUE!" posters for you AND your marcher friends AND family (up to twelve (12)!!


Poster freshness does not expire after January 21 - could be used for any relevant event or action.


(poster delivery in time for Women's March available to Cincinnati residents only, AND anyone who meets me at the march in DC)


Plus all previous rewards.

Let's hang OUT (on Google)
$20 or more per month 1 patron
A meet-up with me and other patrons via Google Hangout to talk shop. Even if your "shop" is different from my "shop," you're interested in work I'm doing, I know I'll be interested in what you're up to.  A time to ask me any questions you might have, bounce ideas off me for your work, share my ideas for next projects... 

30 minutes. 


PLUS... this month only: " _____ IS A WOMEN'S ISSUE!" posters for your entire group/organization (up to fifty (50)!!


Poster freshness does not expire after January 21 - could be used for any relevant event or action.


(poster delivery in time for Women's March available to Cincinnati residents only, AND anyone who meets me at the march in DC)


Plus all previous rewards.

A drawing just for YOU!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Yep, I'm a social practice artist, but drawing is my first LOVE, and I have a regular practice. At this level, I'll draw something personalized, just for you, plus you'll get all previous rewards.


PLUS... this month only: " _____ IS A WOMEN'S ISSUE!" posters for your entire group/organization (up to 100)!!


Poster freshness does not expire after January 21 - could be used for any relevant event or action.


(poster delivery in time for Women's March available to Cincinnati residents only, AND anyone who meets me at the march in DC)

I'll be your consultant
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
I've often said, if I could get paid for ideas... Well, here's an opportunity for you and I to benefit from just that! At this level, you get an hour of my time, by phone or video chat, to focus on any project you're working on and would like ideas for, feedback on, help developing.  THIS is a good one.


PLUS


This month only: " _____ IS A WOMEN'S ISSUE!" posters for your entire group/organization (up to 200)!!


Poster freshness does not expire after January 21 - could be used for any relevant event or action.


(poster delivery in time for Women's March available to Cincinnati residents only, AND anyone who meets me at the march in DC)


Plus all previous rewards.