BEACON OF LIGHT Artist Collective
BOLA Collective artists consistently collaborate with activists, philanthropists and humanitarians to showcase visual soundtracks of the common struggles, roadblocks and inequalities women face.
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Resources are provided to assist in art showcasing, continuing education, various media opportunities, collaborations with aspiring artists, and increased exposure to both fans and media.
||| FOR BUYERS and\or PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS:
BOLA Collective provides access to a large group of artists of many varieties and concentrations, representing a variety of styles and trends.
||| OUR ONLINE PORTAL PROVIDES:
1) A time-saving mechanism for searching for great art;
2) Resources for searching artists who are seeking representation;
2) Resources for searching artists who are selling designs outright.
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- Foster Artistic Diversity that transcends cultural barriers and guides womankind towards finding effective solutions to global problems.
- Promote and encourage the reversal of societal stigmas and media biases against women of color, full-figured women and women with disabilities.
- Mentor Chicago's disenfranchised youth, focusing heavily on urban areas where crime, drugs, gangs, unemployment, minimal opportunity and sub-standard education are crippling the environment.
Tressa Thomas launched her professional arts career on stage with dozens of performances throughout Chicago as a solo singer, actress, model and motivational speaker. She landed a role in Robert Townsend’s film about 1960s R&B music, The Five Heartbeats, which led to a duet with the legendary Patti LaBelle on the film’s soundtrack.
This was all before she turned 13 years old.
Since then, her momentum hasn’t slowed—it’s just swerved in a few new directions. The Columbia College grad has been cast in other movies and television shows (including Flatliners and The Little Richard Story), produced three independent shorts, and has appeared in Ebony,Jet, the LA Times, and other national publications.
She has performed with such industry notables as Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Barbra Streisand, Earth, Wind & Fire, Common, Michael Orland (American Idol), Kathy Najimy (Sister Act, Hocus Pocus), and many others.
Tressa realized that as a successful African-American, plus-sized female performer, she was a rarity. And so she decided to share her confidence with other women. She founded ThYck Troupe™, a 501(c)3 organization that started modestly as a “modeling interest club” and grew into a nonprofit that creates performance opportunities for full-figured artists. ThYck Troupe has gained the support of City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in its mission to enrich the Chicago arts community.
In addition, Tressa recently launched the "Humanitarian" division of the ThYck Troupe Organization --
BEACON OF LIGHT Artist Collective.
A division of the ThYck Troupe Organization, Beacon of Light Artist Collective (BOLAC) features women pioneers who -- through the performing arts, visual arts, humanitarian efforts and activism -- radiate as Beacons of Light to inspire women who are navigating through dark times. BOLA Collective artists consistently collaborate with activists, philanthropists and humanitarians to showcase visual soundtracks of the common struggles, roadblocks and
inequalities women face. An open call for artists launched on MARCH 1, 2015.
Tressa Thomas is signed to the Grossman & Jack Talent (Chicago) and DeSanti Models (Chicago) and is a member of SAG/AFTRA.
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- Working as
an independent artist can be difficult, and even lonely at times. By joining B.O.L.A. Collective, you become part of a super
supportive group of like minded female artists, all striving towards the
same collective goal -- to foster and cultivate Artistic Diversity that transcends cultural barriers and guides womankind towards finding effective solutions to global problems.... Not to mention, it's a great platform to get your work seen by key people, with amazing showcase opportunities throughout the year.
- The term 'Artistic Diversity' means the cultivation of different styles, messages, meanings, platforms and trends as it applies to the endless possibilities of art. B.O.L.A. Collective wishes to be that amazing platform where visitors and spectators experience the different cultures, struggles, triumphs, battles and accomplishments that make up the female human experience.
Because of this, it is important that EVERY MEMBER be involved in our internal exhibitions, showcases and\or collaborations at least twice per year. We are an active collective, and not simply a holding tank for artist bios.
We are all required to participate in B.O.L.A. Collective initiatives (at various levels), produce new works, and continue to motivate our communities as BEACONS OF LIGHT.
We are not an agency..... we are an active collection of female artists, that LIVE our art, everyday, and share it with the World as often as possible.
B.O.L.A. Collective is meant as an active, supportive network of national artists, including the eventual launch of a dedicated online publication, featuring member showcases, interviews and featured editorials. In addition, we aspire to create opportunities for members to take part in national shows and exhibitions.
Though we provide an online portal, we wish for our artists to actively represent themselves and receive all proceeds from their works through their own storefronts (if applicable). We do not endeavor to be your "agent" or "manager", but rather a partner in promotion and appreciation.
- Each member receives a dedicated artist page, maintained by our parent organization, ThYck Troupe Organization, NFP. You are assigned your own artist page where you can show up to twenty-five (25) images of your artwork, and\or submit videos, links, audio tracks, etc of your work.
Personal links are allowed on your page, available for prospective clients. We also include an artist bio (submitted by the member), and a link to any online shop where you sell your work. Your dedicated feature page is fully managed to take away all the stress of doing it yourself, and you are NOT charged any commissions from us on sales proceeds you receive through your own storefront.
- YES! By being a member of B.O.L.A. Collective, you are obliged to exhibit a minimum of twice per year. If you cannot exhibit at least twice per year, let us know so that you can possibly volunteer your time as stage support, ticket sales support, Ambassadorship or other areas. We have a team that will closely monitor each member's participation, as to not let anyone "slip through the cracks".
- No. We require each artist to accompany & present their own works at events. We do not have a designated team available to represent unattended artwork. You must be present for each show in which you are featured.
- No! -- At B.O.L.A. Collective, we act as promoters & facilitators, rather than agents.
- We will happily do the following:
- build a professional yet personal working relationship with our members
- present members portfolios online and at designated shows
- collect leads and share them with the artist(s) they were intended for
- maintain our growing web presence
- update all social media accounts on a regular basis
- launch a quarterly e-publication as a showcase of our members artwork (2015)
- launch an online shopping portal through the B.O.L.A. Collective website to sell member art for those who do not wish to or cannot maintain their own shop (commissions may apply) (2016)
- advertise our member art (including personal links) in our email newsletters, blog and social media
- manage all B.O.L.A. Collective-produced events and showcases with the utmost quality and attention
- Arrange, provide and manage space to exhibit at shows or live performance venues at least twice per year
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