Rising DAO is focused on Content Innovation. We research, profile, and make media about the innovation developed by artists and creative technologists in the NEAR Ecosystem. We add value to NEAR as listeners, researchers, and storytellers enabling exciting ways to share innovation within NEAR and the rest of the world.
- “Portrait of The Artists” NFT SERIES
- We were approved for the first project that we now call, “Portrait of The Artists: NFT Series” – the aim is to create written portraits that give a less formal, creative, and journalistic view of how the lives of artists are being changed by being on the NEAR Protocol. These portraits aim to share the data and the feeling of the people and DAOs portrayed.
The benefit to NEAR Ecosystem: We believe that NEAR benefits from having the stories of how artists are innovating on NEAR to share as case studies, expanding the NFT marketplace with NEAR-centric content, profiling individuals and DAO projects that make a real impact, while also providing helpful insights for furthering the development of the platform itself.
“Profile #1, Lagos, Nigeria – Artists of A New Planet”
We decided to do our first Portrait on the amazing community in Lagos, Nigeria – a community that has been at the forefront of integrating for-good work with art and the Blockchain.
Here is a SAMPLE from #1 “Artists from A New Planet” for your insights:
“OVERVIEW of PROFILE #1: Lagos, Nigeria
The NEAR Protocol is most certainly building a world, perhaps even an entire planet with blockchain infrastructure and currency for us to inhabit. Yet, artists on the platform are figuring out how to live on the NEAR planet, right now. That’s what artists and creatives do; they fully inhabit new worlds and go forward, to the edge, to guide people into new ways of living.
In Africa, artists and creatives have spent the past year creating the framework for an artistic revolution on the blockchain utilizing the NEAR Protocol. The DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) has provided philosophical, practical and physical spaces (IRL and in the Metaverse) to redefine their relationship to artmaking, community, and commerce. They are engaged in a new understanding of art in the world, both within a technology framework, as well as how communities can deepen while looking towards the future, without losing the context of the past.
All life stems from Africa. We are all born from her, and we are also participants in her horror, and, hopefully, her demand for healing. From our collective DNA to our shared history of colonialism and the re-creation of freedom, we are indirectly or directly connected to her. And, Africa has always gone first in living and in art. And, so it should be of no surprise that Africa is one of the global communities of artists that were “first-in” to develop Creative DAOs on the NEAR Protocol.”
David Okeke, Designer
Open Call to artists in Africa for 2 more profiles in 2022
- We realize, humbly, that we have only scratched the surface of the amazing innovative work in Africa utilizing the blockchain to launch projects, new ways to use NFTs, and social innovation.
THIS IS an OPEN CALL to African Artists/Creative Technologists for submission to participate in #2 and #3 Portraits.
All creatives/creative technologists and African DAOs can submit ARTIST/TECHNOLOGY MANIFESTOS about how their work and lives have changed on the NEAR ecosystem, and what they are innovating creatively and with the technology.
Aim of Project: To accurately, enthusiastically, and seriously profile the artists of Africa who are making bold creative choices while also utilizing the NEAR protocol. This NFT series is of written portraits (up to 15 pages) that become an NFT where all those profiled are on the NFT. We will launch 3 NFTs (3 profiles) that will be sold from marketplaces and NFT stores that are passionate about this project.
BENEFIT TO YOU:
- This is an NFT and you will be tagged to it and all profiled will receive an equal amount from sales
- We are promoting the series heavily and you be included in Press releases, invited to AMAs and we’ll share on social media
- It’s an amazing way to tell your truth, your vision, and your story to people who really understand artists and technology innovation.
If you want to share with us your work for consideration of #2 and #3 portraits PLEASE respond below with the following requirements:
What region of Africa are you from?
What does your DAO do with and or for artists/creatives?
How do you merge art and technology (the blockchain) in your creative practice?
How do you merge art and technology (the blockchain) in your Community/DAO?
How Web 3 has changed HOW you work and live
Images and video that supports your ARTIST STATEMENT
Once we receive your insights, Rising DAO will review the work, reach out with questions, host AMAs on Twitter and Telegram, and finally, come to a choice about regions and people we will explore and write about in our next two profiles.
Leave questions AND replies here in the forum.
We are so excited!!
For more insights into Rising DAO here is our first report: (REPORT) Rising DAO NFT Series Report and NEXT STEPS