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DISRUPTION NOW’S

Art & Equity Summit

A Digital Art Experience

DISRUPTION NOW’S

Art & Equity Summit

A Digital Art Experience

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(Courtesy Tim Okamura, collector Karla Ferguson)

(Courtesy of Zucot Gallery)

Diverse Artists

Seeking to connect with clients, network with other artists, and connect with potential patrons.

Art Collectors

Seeking to learn about emerging artists while connecting with other collectors.

Allies

Looking to support Black and Brown artists and collectors.

About Us

Art has always been an effective tool for social change, but Black and Brown artists haven’t always gotten the equity they deserve. For too long, equity has gone through Black and Brown artists, but not to them. We seek to disrupt that trend with the power of crypto art (NFTs) and our collective culture.Together we can create more opportunities for Black and Brown wealth creation. This is a summit for Black and Brown artists, art collectors, and allies to connect, network, and expose their art to potential patrons.


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JOIN US IN BUILDING A MORE EQUITABLE ECONOMY

Disruption Now is an online platform focused on connecting, empowering and building a global network of Black and Brown Artists, art collectors and entrepreneurs. We are building a more equitable future for diverse artists through the power of Crypto Art (NFTs) and our collective culture. 

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AT DISRUPTION NOW ART & EQUITY SUMMIT

You Will

Network with Artists, Curators, and Collectors
Learn from established Artists who have scaled their Portfolio
Interact and speak directly with art patrons

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TRACKS

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(Courtesy of Ya La’ford, collector Karla Ferguson)

TRACK 1:

ART & WEALTH CREATION


• Expert Sessions on Art and Real Estate

• The Art of Collecting: (becoming a curator and collector)

• Art and long-term wealth creation

TRACK 2:

ART & ENTREPRENEURSHIP


• How Art and AI are collaborating

• Art as tech and media

• Crypto Art

(Courtesy of Mark Phi)

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TRACK 3:

THE ART OF THE SCALE


• How to scale your art

• Navigating the Creative Economy

• Opportunities for artists in post Covid-19 world

(Courtesy of Ya La’ford, collector Karla Ferguson)

BECOME A SPONSOR

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PRE-ORDER THE BOOK

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CALL FOR CREATORS & CURATORS

Summit Replay

Relive the summit on demand. Connect with other artists, collectors, and sellers. Be the first to learn about emerging artists. Educate yourself on how to bring your craft to the next level.

FAQs

What is the DisruptNow Platform?  +

We are launching DisruptNow, a platform focused on connecting, empowering, and building a global network of black and brown artists, art collectors, and entrepreneurs.  Using Crypto Art (NFTs) and interactive content we are creating a marketplace for diverse artists.

What are NFTs?  +

NFTs are “Non-Fungible Tokens,”  unique tokens backed by blockchain technology. These tokens can represent a unique good or asset. Often they are called “crypto-collectibles” because, much like trading cards, NFTs can be bought and sold by collectors.  NFTs also provide scarcity and demand which increases value. The NFT revolution has the potential to open up more opportunities for equity with diverse creators.

Can someone just copy my digital art and sell it?  +

No. That is the power of NFTs. The use of blockchain technologies keeps track of ownership, without limiting an artwork’s ability to freely circulate in the digital realm.

We believe Balck and Brown artists should be properly compensated for their work. With NFTs, artists are empowered to sell digital artworks as unique objects, without limiting the ability for that artwork to move through networks.

The secondary trading of digital art using NFTs makes things even more promising for artists. As an artwork gains traction, the original creator/collector can choose to resell it to another collector for a higher price. Our model is that every time an NFT is traded on Disrupt Now, the artist makes a percentage of that sale. This opens up more opportunities for diverse artists to receive the equity they deserve.

Are NFTs really valuable in the art world?  +

From 2019 to 2020, the market capitalization of the NFT space rose 50% from $210 million to $315 million, with over $167.7 million worth of NFTs purchased up until January 2021. Robert Alice’s Block 21—an NFT work based on Blockchain technology—recently sold at a Christie’s auction for 69 million dollars. Hundreds of millions of transactions have occurred as of 2020 and even the NBA has gotten in on the action.


This is just the beginning and DisruptNow is making it easy to get started.

What do you actually get when you buy an NFT?  +

When you buy an NFT, you receive a unique token representing the digital artwork. Ownership is then recorded. Owning the work doesn’t restrict how the work can be seen or shared; instead, it works more like an interactive trading card. NFTs can be distributed and traded among collectors, rising in value in the process.

A buyer or collector has ownership of the NFT just as in the physical market. However, with the Disrupt Now platform, the artist earns a percentage of every secondary sale. So every time the artwork sells the artist receives payment.

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Rob Richardson

CEO, Disruption Now Media

Richardson is the host of Disruption Now Podcast and owner of Disruption Now Media an interactive media platform focused on connecting, empowering and funding black and brown artists, entrepreneurs and leaders.

Rob Richardson

CEO, Disruption Now Media

Richardson is the host of Disruption Now Podcast and owner of Disruption Now Media an interactive media platform focused on connecting, empowering and funding black and brown artists, entrepreneurs and leaders.

Karla Ferguson

CEO, Yeelen Group

Karla Ferguson is the CEO of the Yeelen Group. Yeelen Gallery is an incubator and art space dedicated to the development and promotion of contemporary culture and its contribution to the canon of art history.

Since its inception in 2006, the gallery has produced dynamic exhibitions by emerging and established artists from around the world, with a curatorial aim to reflect and expand our understanding of history, culture and contemporary society.

Karla Ferguson

CEO, Yeelen Group

Karla Ferguson is the CEO of the Yeelen Group. Yeelen Gallery is an incubator and art space dedicated to the development and promotion of contemporary culture and its contribution to the canon of art history.

Since its inception in 2006, the gallery has produced dynamic exhibitions by emerging and established artists from around the world, with a curatorial aim to reflect and expand our understanding of history, culture and contemporary society.

Rico Grant

CEO, Paloozanoire

Rico Grant is the CEO of Paloozanoire and Curator of Black & Brown Faces, a guest exhibition featuring  artwork by each of ten artists of color. The paintings, mixed media works, drawings and photographs on view explore struggle and uplift by focusing on the facial expressions of people of color during the extremes of 2020. Black & Brown Faces responds to the need for creative expression and dialogue to promote openness, health and wellness in communities of color and in our society.

Rico Grant

CEO, Paloozanoire

Rico Grant is the CEO of Paloozanoire and Curator of Black & Brown Faces, a guest exhibition featuring  artwork by each of ten artists of color. The paintings, mixed media works, drawings and photographs on view explore struggle and uplift by focusing on the facial expressions of people of color during the extremes of 2020. Black & Brown Faces responds to the need for creative expression and dialogue to promote openness, health and wellness in communities of color and in our society.

Onjae Henderson

Managing Partner, ZuCot Gallery

ZuCot Gallery the largest African-American owned fine art gallery in the Southeast. ZuCot’s mission is to promote original works of art by living African American artists and provide both novice and seasoned collectors with meaningful and unique services that enhance the art collecting experience. After earning his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University, Onaje M. Henderson began his corporate career with one of the “big five” consulting firms working with major communication and hi tech companies across the country. O.M. Henderson cultivated his professional training within arts through soaking up his fathers’ (Artist, Aaron F. Henderson) discipline over a span of 20 + years. His background in technology has aided the firm in precisely weaving the aesthetic aspects to the financial growth of the firm. His project management background plays a vital role to the day-to-day success of the company.Mr. Henderson has advised on art selection in office facilities, corporations, law firms, and individual collectors nationwide. With his guidance he has collaborated with art enthusiasts, high end collectors, and corporate executives to complete a diverse array of creative projects and programs, including large-scale commissions and specialty tailored acquisition programs that meet the precise budgetary needs for the client.

Onjae Henderson

Managing Partner, ZuCot Gallery

ZuCot Gallery the largest African-American owned fine art gallery in the Southeast. ZuCot’s mission is to promote original works of art by living African American artists and provide both novice and seasoned collectors with meaningful and unique services that enhance the art collecting experience. After earning his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University, Onaje M. Henderson began his corporate career with one of the “big five” consulting firms working with major communication and hi tech companies across the country. O.M. Henderson cultivated his professional training within arts through soaking up his fathers’ (Artist, Aaron F. Henderson) discipline over a span of 20 + years. His background in technology has aided the firm in precisely weaving the aesthetic aspects to the financial growth of the firm. His project management background plays a vital role to the day-to-day success of the company.Mr. Henderson has advised on art selection in office facilities, corporations, law firms, and individual collectors nationwide. With his guidance he has collaborated with art enthusiasts, high end collectors, and corporate executives to complete a diverse array of creative projects and programs, including large-scale commissions and specialty tailored acquisition programs that meet the precise budgetary needs for the client.

Damian Hoskins

As a Cincinnati native, Damian strives to give back to his community by working closely with partners such as Strive Partnership and the Hamilton County Community Action Agency to achieve sustainable outcomes for the city. Most recently Damian served as Vice President for Arts Impact for ArtsWave, the Cincinnati region’s planner, promoter, and fundraiser for the arts.

Damian Hoskins

As a Cincinnati native, Damian strives to give back to his community by working closely with partners such as Strive Partnership and the Hamilton County Community Action Agency to achieve sustainable outcomes for the city. Most recently Damian served as Vice President for Arts Impact for ArtsWave, the Cincinnati region’s planner, promoter, and fundraiser for the arts.

Ya La’ford

Ya Levy-La’ford is an internationally acclaimed artist, educator and foremost a transporter working between the visual and our community through a wide range of mediums including paint, sculpture, installation, video and sound. La’ford is known for her site-specific installations of bold, geometric paintings to explore themes of transformation and transcendence. She builds each work with a unique vocabulary of intersecting lines and gestural repetition that create a distinctive visual impact.

This work entitled, (55) is the journeys and paths that our sunshine city of Tampa, football’s geometric interconnection, gameplay, and the interconnected journey of sports, creativity and community. The painting considers historical narratives told through a dynamic overlay of abstract geometric patterns, forms, and the intersection of Superbowl 55 has reimaged patterns and pathways that led to the road of victory. The artwork is created with simulations of diamonds, glass and rare minerals in order to shine a light on the richness of the Tampa Bay’s past, present strides and future possibilities.

Ya La’ford, presently has a solo exhibition at [email protected], directly across from Raymond James stadium host of Superbowl 55. She concurrently is the featured Superbowl 55 artist, commissioned to create a celebratory work of art to honor the legacy of each NFL team. Laford’s artwork is collected by the Tampa Bay Rays, Rowdies, Toronto Blue Jays and NIKE as well as many prominent public and private collections.

La’ford has exhibited her work in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and is the recipient of numerous awards. She earned her BFA Cum Laude in Painting at Florida State University; a JD from Levin College of Law, University of Florida; and received her MFA with Honors in Interdisciplinary Art from the Art Institute, Boston.

Ya La’ford

Ya Levy-La’ford is an internationally acclaimed artist, educator and foremost a transporter working between the visual and our community through a wide range of mediums including paint, sculpture, installation, video and sound. La’ford is known for her site-specific installations of bold, geometric paintings to explore themes of transformation and transcendence. She builds each work with a unique vocabulary of intersecting lines and gestural repetition that create a distinctive visual impact.

This work entitled, (55) is the journeys and paths that our sunshine city of Tampa, football’s geometric interconnection, gameplay, and the interconnected journey of sports, creativity and community. The painting considers historical narratives told through a dynamic overlay of abstract geometric patterns, forms, and the intersection of Superbowl 55 has reimaged patterns and pathways that led to the road of victory. The artwork is created with simulations of diamonds, glass and rare minerals in order to shine a light on the richness of the Tampa Bay’s past, present strides and future possibilities.

Ya La’ford, presently has a solo exhibition at [email protected], dir