Category Archives: Non-Profit

We’re pretty low key around Kong, and we would never make much ado about nothing, but when something is really great for our community, you can bet we’re going to make a big ado about it….

Much Ado About Nothing

 

Present Company will be presenting SHAKESPEARE AT THE MARKET: Much Ado About Nothing on the Whole Foods Market rooftop, April 18th-May 11th, Friday,Saturday, and Sunday evenings at 7. The performances are FREE, but a donation of $10-$20 is encouraged for guests who are able to support. The event promises to be a magical night of innovative Shakespearean comedy, live music, and food and wine under the stars. For more info, please click here. 

 

About Present Company
Present Company is a nonprofit theatre collective sponsored by the Austin Creative Alliance.  Founded in 2010, Present Company
aims to produce accessible, vital, and immediate theatre of the past, present and future, in unexpected ways and unexpected places
throughout Austin. The creators of the magical Shakespeare on the Farm series at Rain Lily Farm, Present Company strives to make
moving theatrical art that broadens our hearts and minds, and helps to sustain the cultural community of Austin. Learn more about Present Company by clicking here to visit their website.

Kong is pleased to sponsor this production and hope you and yours can enjoy one of the performances. 

We’ve been rockin’ on a new project lately… printing on something we’ve not printed on before (we do that around here a lot)….a custom guitar by Moniker.

Custom Screenprinted Guitar by Kong and Moniker

We’re pleased to introduce “If It Ain’t Broke, Make It Better.” Here’s what Moniker’s luthiers had to say about the design, “The combination of the plaid with the text immediately reminded us of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ ska-punk style. We decided to pair it with a black trim around the sides and mix-and-match black and gold hardware. Only one pickup was used, a Moniker humbucker in the bridge, order to keep the design balanced with the text.”

Moniker by Kong

Moniker by Kong

The guitar will be unveiled tonight at Up Collective gallery for the HandPlayed exhibition. Local artists and designers such as Brian Phillips, Bob Schneider, MakeATX, Brian David Johnson and Sophie Roach were asked to design one of a kind guitars. You can read more about the artists here.

The opening tonight kicks off an auctionfor these one of a kind guitars and proceeds benefit the Austin Music Foundation.  The Auction runs through Dec. 15.

See all of the guitars and bid on them HERE.

 

The Austin Music Foundation (AMF) is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides free business education for Austin’s musicians and the music industry. AMF’s number of clients has increased nearly 300% since opening the Creative Media Center two years ago and needs to expand!

Fortunately, AMF has obtained a 15 year rent free lease at South Shore District, East Austin’s newest luxury apartment and mixed-use complex, located on East Riverside. The new South Shore location will be the new home for AMF’s Creative Media Center (CMC), providing intimate work sessions with experts in the music industry. AMF will also utilize the new space to enhance its Music Industry Collaborative (MIC), Leaders in Austin Music (LIAM) and other programs.

AMF is asking its supporters to invest in Austin Music and help fund the cost of the building/finish out on the new building. This is a huge opportunity for AMF’s growth and ability to continue to serve musicians and enhance Austin’s music-driven economy for years to come!

Kaylie's Candlelight Vigil

Some shirts are more than shirts, they are vehicles for raising awareness. Kong recently printed such a shirt for Kaylie’s Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Dangerous Dogs. Kaylie is an awesome little girl who survived a dog attack at the age of 3.  Now 5, she is doing great, but must still wait until she is older for plastic surgery.  Please read more about Kaylie’s Vigil by visiting Dogbite.org’s Blog.

Kong recently completed printing 14,000 flags for this upcoming installation on Lady Bird Lake. This temporary art installation will be on view publicly for three months this fall. Women & Their Work invited visual artist, Beili Liu, (as lead artist), Emily Little and Norma Yancey (architecture), and Cassie Bergstrom (landscape architecture) to collaborate and the project, THIRST, was created. This large scale, site specific installation is located on Lady Bird Lake. THIRST memorializes the loss of the over 300 million trees that died in the drought of 2011. – quoted text from Women and Their Work’s Website. Please visit to learn more about this project.

Here’s a short video of the prayer flag hanging test:

Hardly Sound is a documentary series focused on Texas underground artists and their stories and airs on KLRU-TV PBS.
Recently, they have begun production for Season 2 of the series with the initial episodes set to begin airing  on Labor Day 2013 on KLRU.
Kong is proud to be a supporter of Hardly Sound, which digs deeper into the stories behind independent music in Austin and Texas. We hope you will support their efforts to raise more capital and continue producing the show. Please have a look at the videos below and then Visit and GIVE  a DONATION to support them. Not only will you learn more about local musicians, you may get a cool shirt printed by Kong for your generosity!

Support Hardly Sound at Indiegogo! from Hardly Sound on Vimeo.

Kong Screenprinting Sponsor Spot from Hardly Sound on Vimeo.