A secret location in Butler County will be transformed into a pop-up house party on Saturday, September 21 to celebrate local artists living with disabilities. SHIFT Electronic Music & Art is a one-night experience coming to a unique space in Downtown Hamilton that has been hidden from public view for years.
InsideOut Studio, a nonprofit art gallery and maker space for artists living with disabilities, created SHIFT to raise funds for much-needed adaptive art equipment and enrichment experiences for its artists. InsideOut’s adaptive equipment and teaching methods are based on the specific needs of its artists, providing an individualized approach to establishing the most nonrestrictive creative environment possible.
“InsideOut Studio is all about offering empowerment, support and independence to our artists by supplying them with the tools and equipment they need to create and earn their own income,” said Monique Runzer, Retail and Marketing Manager for InsideOut Studio. “Our artists come from very different backgrounds and have varying needs, so many of them may not have the opportunity to express themselves in a way that artists without disabilities may take for granted.”
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In addition to the never-before-used event space, SHIFT is also unique in that it will be sensory-friendly. DJs will start the evening with a more serene atmosphere for people with sensory sensitivities before gradually SHIFTing energy to build tempo and intensity through their musical selections and lighting. DJ Bit Flip, DJ Mowgli, and DJ Fuzzy Logic are scheduled to spin. Local artists will create artwork live and provide hands-on art experiences for guests.
SHIFT and its 300 guests will start their evening at InsideOut studio, located at 140 High Street across from the historic Butler County Courthouse. They will then be escorted to the secret event space for a night of music, food, and art. Municipal Brew Works in Hamilton will debut a new craft beer created specifically for SHIFT. Popular Butler County restaurants will be providing food and refreshments.
“Every aspect of the event is being planned with the attendee in mind,” she said. “We are excited to host a fundraising event that will truly be different than anything experienced in Butler County.”
Tickets are on sale now ($75 for one; $100 for two) and include free garage parking, a drink ticket, food, live entertainment and hands-on activities. Paid valet is available for an extra $5. SHIFT takes place from 7-11 p.m. on September 21. Please note this event is for ages 21+.
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Presenting sponsors for SHIFT include the Hatton Foundation, Butler Tech, Symmetry Boutique & Gallery, and the Butler County Board of Disabilities. InsideOut Studio is a collaboration of Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati and the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
For SHIFT sponsorship opportunities, contact Monique Runzer at 513-857-5658 or firstname.lastname@example.org.