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GANGGANG, a cultural development and creative advocacy firm, has announced the upcoming BUTTER fine art fair from Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, showcasing the work of over 50 Black visual artists from Indiana and across the country.

The art fair aims to sell or loan 100% of the exhibiting artworks and give 100% of the proceeds to the artists, making the fair a new model for economic justice in the arts.

Last year, more than 8,000 people attended BUTTER. The event’s success was further marked by the 109 artworks that were sold, which generated $250,000 in revenue. Additionally, post-sales brought in an additional $210,000. Since its inception, BUTTER has been instrumental in selling over $500,000 worth of artwork. By giving all proceeds of the sold artwork to 72 Black artists, BUTTER has been a great help in maximizing their earnings.

The 2023 BUTTER art fair will present work from over 50 artists, including Aaron Coleman, April Bey, DELISHA, Joshua AM Ross, Shabez Jamaal, Terrible Tony, Yeabsera Tabb and many others.

“BUTTER has been a curated fair from its beginnings in 2021. The curatorial team reserves at least 50% of the exhibitor roster for Indiana-based artists who are presented alongside national artists as a commitment to growing the arts ecosystem in the Midwest,” said the founder of GANGGANG, Mali Bacon.

Some of BUTTER’s 2023 initiatives include professional industry training and workshops for artists and the launch of the New Collectors’ Club, an intimate and mentor-based effort to share knowledge, resources and strategies for building intentional and ambitious personal art collections.

BUTTER will take place in multiple spaces and floors at the newly renovated Stutz factory building in Downtown Indianapolis from Sept. 1-2.

The upcoming fair is a phenomenal event, boasting an abundance of vendors and activities as well as live music and dance performances. DJ MetroGnome will skillfully curate the sounds, and on Sept. 2, there will be an unforgettable multisensory dance party called MELT, curated by Nigel Long.

Tickets are available for purchase on the fair’s website and range from $20-$175.

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Contact multi-media staff writer Noral Parham III at 317-762-7846 or email at noralp@indyrecorder.com. Follow him on Twitter @noralparham.

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