Submitted by Guest on Thu, 2012-06-14 13:36
- GUEST STORY FROM TY CLARK -
I recently had the opportunity to share my story with 400 teenage camp leaders in Tennessee. I spoke about how story weaves together all of humanity and how it drives revolutions! Story gives us hope that things can change. If we live our stories to the fullest, we will not only bring others into our story, we will become part of theirs as well. In my talk I shared about my connection to CTC through my fashion company Veritas and now Kammok. I also mentioned 2nd St Soundcheck and how we were able to bring the city of Austin into the CTC story by what we were able to bring to them; a socially philanthropic music festival.
I told the kids how special it was to share the CTC story with thousands of people, but that the exciting part was bringing them into the CTC story as well.
The festival was amazing, simply awe inspiring to see what a group of people can put together if our passion and drive is greater than our fears!
I don't know the actual number of people that we had show up to Soundcheck (I have heard anywhere from 8-10,000 people.) From the press and media I have read, to the people involved and guests who attended (including a few a-list celebrities) it was one of the best Austin events they had ever attended or been a part of. Here are a few pictures of Soundcheck from Austin Photographer Daniel Davis that will explain in visual words the impact we had on June 2nd. If you were there, thank you for being a part of the experience! If you didn’t get a Soundcheck LIFE bag at the event make sure to visit the CTC store and purchase one for $8!
Coming up in Dallas on June 16th, the Dallas-based non-profit organization Water-Thirst (whom I sit on the board of directors for) is hosting an art benefit for a water project in Maai Mahiu with CTC. The event is titled “Quenched” and will be hosted by recording artist George Michael and his partner Kenny Goss. The Goss-Michael Foundation exists to educate, engage and inspire audiences by presenting exhibitions of British Contemporary art and by providing vast resources, educational programs and scholarships to aspiring artists.
Aja Martin from the Nasher Sculpture Center will curate the art show, which will be featuring some of the world’s most celebrated artists including Christopher Martin, Josh King, Geof Kern, Thom Jackson, Austin's own Bethany Bauman and myself. The show will host Dallas’s A-Listers, celebrities, athletes and fashionistas. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to not only show my art alongside some of America’s most prominent artists, but also to share the story and vision of CTC and the community of Maai Mahiu! Once again using my story through my art to bring others into the story of CTC International! If you live in the DFW area and are interested in attending, click here to purchase tickets!
Bio: Ty Clark founded a company called Veritas Fashion so that he could invest in emerging Artists around the world and impact communities in need through the Arts. He is an emerging American artist, goes by the name SAMO4PREZ and is the founding member of The Veritas Artist Collective and 5D Artists Group, a Co-Founder & Director of Marketing/Giving for Kammok™, sits on the board for Water-Thirst and supports and partners with Comfort the Children International in every aspect of his life. You can also read his column Engaging Culture at http://hypervocal.com/tyclark