Member Spotlight: Andre M. Zachery, founder of Renegade Performance Group
by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist at Fractured Atlas
André M. Zachery is the artistic director of Renegade Performance Group (RPG), a Brooklyn-based dance company. RPG has been a member of Fractured Atlas since September 2009.
How has Fractured Atlas benefitted your artistic practice?
As a Fractured Atlas member, Renegade Performance Group has been able to access and obtain rehearsal spaces through SpaceFinder. We’ve also attended Fractured Atlas’s artist mixers, advocacy sessions and trainings which have helped us work more efficiently and build strong relationships across the field. We have used our membership to gain access to Materials for the Arts to obtain pieces for performances.
Which Fractured Atlas programs have you used?
RPG has used Fractured Atlas as fiscal sponsor to apply for grants and receive feedback on grant applications. RPG has used SpaceFinder for subsidized rehearsal space in NYC. We use our discount for Zipcar rentals when traveling and transporting equipment. We have also used Fractured Atlas’ insurance program to get protection policies for our various public events, performances and programs.
How has Fractured Atlas benefitted your revenue/income generation?
Through Fractured Atlas, Renegade Performance Group has received over 100 donations, received grants for 501(c)(3) organization for artistic projects and raised over $10,000.
Why do you think artists and organizations should become members of Fractured Atlas?
Becoming a Fractured Atlas member gives you the infrastructure to be a creator, innovator and entrepreneur. You get such great support for administrative needs of your specific practice or project. As a member you also get to connect to an international community of creative professionals.
Do you have any upcoming events that people should know about?
RPG is in the midst of our #decadeofrenegade 10 for 10 Fundraising Campaign. #decadeofrenegade celebrates the first decade of RPG and supports the development of new work with dozens of artists from all disciplines. Our fundraising goal is for supporters to pledge $10/month and encourage another 10 people to experience RPG and pledge the same commitment. The campaign runs for the remainder of 2018.
RPG is also going on tour with our latest full-length performance project Untamed Space to the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio, September 27–30, 2018. Untamed Space is the latest project under the Afrofuturism Series of RPG.
What is your biggest accomplishment as a result of being a Fractured Atlas member?
Receiving major donations gives RPG the confidence to keep our work relevant and connected to community. We have been awarded grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council in 2013 for “Arteries of a Nation” and in 2015 for “The Afrofuturism Series”. We have celebrated several accomplishments during our time as Fractured Atlas members that have always led us to new levels and spaces to realize our works and dreams.
About Molaundo Jones
Molaundo Jones is a visual artist, entrepreneur, and arts adminstrator. As Social Media Specialist, he creates strategies and content for social media marketing and works with our members to develop a comprehensive calendar of events. Molaundo is a New York native, earned his MFA in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, and BA in Marketing at Morehouse College. He is founder of The Clever Agency, a communications consultancy and develops professional development programs for Queens Council on the Arts. He has also worked with the New York Foundation on the Arts' Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program and Artist as Entrepreneur Bootcamp and has served as a grant panelist for Bryant Park Corporation, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Museum of Art and Design.