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Announcing Voice’s NFT Residency for emerging creators

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Continuing with our mission to empower creatives, we are partnering with leaders in arts and culture — including Kimberly Drew, Alexander Gilkes, Misan Harriman, Brittany Kaiser, Chad Knight and Azu Nwagbogu — to launch an NFT Residency.

“NFTs help us fulfill the promise of the internet, where every creator can find their 1,000 true fans.”

Salah Zalatimo, CEO of Voice

The concept of 1,000 True Fans was first published in 2008 by writer and founding executive editor of Wired magazine Kevin Kelly. 

According to Kelly, “A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author – in other words, anyone producing works of art – needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living.” 

Why? A true fan will buy anything you produce.

Through this residency, we connect creators with their true fans, bringing established voices and emerging creators together to collectively create and connect.

“We live at a pivotal point in history for what ownership and authorship mean,” says William Anderson, VP of Engineering at Voice.  

“I’ve spent my life both collecting and creating, collaborating with other artists, and experimenting. Our residency brings emerging artists into that fold partnering them with internal technologists to leverage our shared experience and create digital collectables, deep in thought and practice.”

The NFT Residency will collectively create and mint NFTs with the theme ‘Raise Our Voice,’ reflecting the power of NFTs to lift up emerging creators to create works of self-expression.

“We are proud to be working with these brilliant creative minds who share our passion for empowering the broader creative class. By combining our technology with their talents, we can better fulfill our mission of helping emerging creators get discovered,” says Zalatimo.

One of these creative minds is Kimberly Drew. A writer, curator, and activist, she is the author of international bestseller This Is What I Know About Art and Black Futures, which she co-edited with Jenna Wortham.

“I am so honored to be able to dedicate this summer to learning more about NFTS alongside an incredible and diverse team of artists, technologists and curators,” says Drew.

Other NFT Residency Curators include co-founder of Paddle8 and Squared Circles Alexander Gilkes, photographer, creative director and cultural commentator Misan Harriman, data protection expert Brittany Kaiser, 3D Instagram artist and head of 3D Design at Nike Chad Knight, and founder and director of African Artists’ Foundation Azu Nwagbogu.

Each Curator will bring on a group of artists to collaboratively create and mint. The first series of NFTs will drop as part of Voice’s public launch later this summer.


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