Got a request 30 min ago to exhibit work at a Bank of America event for a Black employees Group. (my reply below).

Sharome a few things. First Black History Month is in less then five days, this is a little last minute to be approaching anyone for a holiday we've known about months in advance. Secondly I am not a street vendor, I don't "stop by and show my artwork", I exhibit it. You have also not listed any specific dates and times.
Thirdly, I am going to be very candid I am not a fan of Bank of America, I recently closed my account with them, in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but was something I was planning for a long time. So to hear that I would be invited to be "decoration" at a BOA event, in more than likely a BOA owned building and told that I can't sell anything is silly and is in conflict with my views of BOA. The "private property" argument isn't cutting it I wasn't born last week. 

I can understand if it's a policy of BOA not to have merchants selling on their property, but once again I am not a vendor I am an artist and to put me in that same category for me is insulting. This also sends a message, you are good enough to come into the building that I own, with the employees that work for me, but I am not supporting how you make your living, because this is "private property". Sharome this isn't a personal attack against you, I hold issue with BOA as does most of the country right now with big banks.

Regarding the Black Professional Group, it sounds like something I would totally support and endorse, but I can't co-sign poor planning. An event in February needs to be planned at minimum four months in advance. I would put this to you I would be interested in participating in your BPG event for 2013, this will give us the proper time to plan how my work could enhance and add to your event, 2012 at this late point in the game isn't an option especially with so many unknown variables and big bad BOA policies looming somewhere in the corner.

I wish you much success with this years event and reach out to me again in regards to doing something for BPG's 2013 Black History Month.

I hope your husband and you are doing well.

Do you think I handled this well? What would you have done differently?

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Comment by Trevor Brown on April 28, 2012 at 1:44pm

BOA was saying no fiscal transactions could happen on their property (which is sort of silly for a bank that large to discourage an artist or even a merchant from making money). There wasn't even a discussion of fee or honorarium, so I was supposed to foot the cost of exhibiting the work, which isn't good business sense to me. I doubt the woman will contact me again or if BOA will comply with my request if they do. Thank you for your comment. 

Comment by Reid Vaughan Wamser on April 27, 2012 at 12:48am

the one question i have is this: was boa not willing to purchase any of the art or allow any art shown to be sold?  were you to exhibit it for a fee with no chance of connecting with fans and would be buyers and just stand in the shadows?  times are tough but it nice to see someone with integrity still fighting the good fight even when their own talents can take care of themselves but still think of others

Comment by Mercado on February 14, 2012 at 10:43pm

I am not black but I could be ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I am not white but I should be,,,,,,,,,I am not light but I like a noisy fight,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,a calm night as black as a kite in a shallow grave in a single site of a looking glass just below the dark sky,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I want to be black this is my right even though I am as white as a Kite

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