Houston artist, John Ross Palmer, known for his dazzling artwork and Escapist Mentorship Program, has a new mission with his Refuse to Struggle project taking over his present art gallery and studio located in the Heights.
His goal is to create an Escapist Gallery and three Escapist Artist Studios to benefit the Escapist Mentorship Program, which began in 2009. The program teaches artists the necessary skills on self-promotion, wise business practice and how not to just ‘survive’ as an artist—but how to thrive.
To do this, he needs $100,000 by October 21st. To date, he has raised over $26,000 since he began on September 6, 2013. Contributors have donated to his www.Indiegogo.com fundraising site from over 12 states plus the District of Columbia.
Since May of 2013, Palmer and his husband/attorney, Ryan Lindsay, have been diligently fundraising from top Palmer Patrons—securing over $50,000 of cash-on-hand. Top art enthusiasts have come on board to have their name emblazoned on the new gallery plus individual studios and to support Palmer’s mission to forever destroy the stereotype of the struggling artist.
Palmer's empowering Escapist Mentorship Program has gained tremendous prestige and has had applicants from around the globe including Kenya, India, Indonesia, South Africa and England. It is individually tailored to each artist's needs and goals at this specific time in their career.
“This is a definite team effort. My art collectors as well as the current and former Escapist Artists have stepped up in a major way to assist in fulfilling this gargantuan effort," said Palmer.
Lindsay stated how devoted Palmer is to the Mentorship program. “John dedicates hundreds of hours per year helping the Escapist artists—entirely for free,” he said. “That’s why we’re seeking community support to make this dream a reality. But, it’s also a living example to artists. If you work hard and use your resources, anything is attainable.”
Visit www.RefusetoStruggle.com to donate or for more information.