by 0x5a6c1afa7d14fd608af17d7e58e8db52df5d66ea (Penguin)
Should the following Tier 6: up to $240,000 USD, 6 months vesting (1 month cliff) grant in the Community category be approved?
Intro video: XCHC ARE YOU IN.mp4 - Google Drive
Web3 technology is often disconnected from in real life applications and the people that could benefit from them. Letting preconceived ideas about why web3 is bad block their ability to utilize these technologies, people that could benefit from them the most do not. One example is artists. Without having somebody to talk with artists about the technology and facilitate them embracing this technology, artists are not able to be benefitted from it.
For many artists, creating new NFTs, as well as attracting and maintaining communities that believe in their project is an issue. In Christchurch, New Zealand there is a community of artists (tied to a physical location XCHC) creating a movement in real life through creative events and facilitating spaces in a way that enables community and culture to thrive. However, this community has only started to embrace web3. As a fairly young and small country, the culture has room to improve with their standard of entertainment, nightlife, and creative options in Christchurch and the wider New Zealand. This ultimately leaves many dissatisfied, feeling it lacks the creativity and diversity found in other cities. Without alternatives, the local scene is left with an unhealthy and at times unsafe binge drinking culture, repetitive entertainment, and a socially reserved reputation. Christchurch is especially known for being largely consertive, “closing early”, clique art world, and most “music venues’ ’ are just bars profiteering off music, leaving most alternative/original music overlooked. Though the XCHC has been doing great work with artists for 7+ years, this community remains a bit hidden from the wider world (as we’re sure most alternative/independant art spaces can relate). Artists here remain disconnected from the global reach and possibilities enabled by embracing web3 technology, such as NFTs, tokens, and DAOs. However, some are ready to take the next step.
Once people embrace web3, initially it’s often for personal gain and not for public good. Without utilizing this technology for public good, people are unable to see the huge benefits for the world that can come from web3. By embracing web3 through an artistic community and ensuring that the community is guided by doing public good, we can create a more positive narrative than is currently portrayed in many media outlets.
These funds will be used as a stepping stone to make New Zealand a global destination for creatives pushing the edges of culture and creative experiences in a way that harmonizes with the whenua (land) and a more sustainable future. Along with that, it will be used to onboard artists into web3 and create a documented onboarding process. As appropriate, existing DAO management tools will be incorporated into this process. When gaps in tooling are discovered, these components will be highlighted and the need expressed to create these tools. For the next Mary Hush and other in real life events, we expect to channel some of this funding to them to facilitate them stepping into new realms of creativity. In order to do this the core team needs to be compensated for the active ‘on the ground’ development, enabling others to expand into the digital space. Along with that the expansion of the advisory team and formalizing the process towards decentralization will be done. A large portion of the funding will go towards enabling a large number of artists to step into the web3 space and to get a large number of original works from across New Zealand. The XCHC will open a content creators studio to serve 2 purposes: Report and record the progress our members are making into the web3 space and to inspire others to join our community. As well as to start the production of a documentary; similar to the Meow Wolf doco.
T.R. Price | Web3 Leader
For the past year and a half T.R. has worked exclusively on regenerative finance and building this movement. From that they have had the opportunity to speak alongside organizations like Giveth, Charged Particles and NFTP in the world’s biggest cryptocurrency conference, EthDenver. During that time, they helped many organizations to adopt web3 principles and created various DAOs. Including Return to Green, which has successfully ran the first metaverse event in collaboration with XCHC.
Roadmap and milestones
Now- December 10th: NFT crowdfunding for metaverse space, and exploring how Mary Hush can work with web3, digitizing art $150,000
December 10th: Second opening of metaverse land featuring some art of the Mary Hush event as well as streaming music from the event into the Mary Hush metaverse $50,000
December 10th 2022- June 2023: Experiment in DAO tooling for the IRL community, send grant funding to artists to onboard more art into the web3 space. Document process. $300,000
June 2023: Launch an immersive collaborative art space (next iteration of XHC) and expand reach of organization to support more in real life artists as well as web3 techonology. $1,000,000
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