As the month of March comes to an end, the DNS.xyz team has been honored to support the earthquake relief efforts for Turkiye and Syria through the #TezQuakeAid initiative. Over the course of the last several weeks, the community has come together in an extraordinary show of solidarity, leveraging art to make a difference in the lives of those affected by this natural disaster. Today, we reflect on the highlights of #TezQuakeAid and what the community can take with us from the experience.
By The Numbers
Throughout this month we had the distinct honor to feature #TezQuakeAid coverage across our blog and front page nearly every single day. As we look back on #TezQuakeAid, we are grateful to have played a part in this monumental effort and remain inspired by everyone who took part. At the time of writing, the numbers for #TezQuakeAid broke down like this:
- 496 artists
- 711 unique works created
- 9,480 editions sold
- 115,000+ XTZ raised
In addition to the money raised for the event, we took this opportunity to shine the spotlight on nearly 20 different artists throughout the month of March, many of them from the country of Turkiye itself.
The Artists of #TezQuakeAid
We had an impressive lineup of artists featured throughout the last month and we wanted to highlight them once more, in alphabetical order.
"I believe TQA did a wonderful job of a spontaneous gathering up and get successful on the road. I believe this is a good example for future events."
"It has never been easier for me to donate items or money to urgent causes as it is with NFTs. I am always happy to participate with my own work or through collecting others. We keep the spirits up and keep supporting each other. That's what I try to do."
The Art of Turkiye post featured over a dozen artists whose work depicted the country of Turkiye itself in some way. Several different mediums are represented here: photography, traditional painting, 3D renders, and animated GIFs.
We would like to give a special shoutout to Burka for leading the charge in organizing #TezQuakeAid. His tenacious approach to everything surrounding the relief efforts has been invaluable. He recently appeared on Turkish radio talking about the relief efforts.
"It's very exciting to be able to exist within the NFT community after working so hard for both myself and other's visibility. Like every artist, I'm a person who runs between emotions and falls into despair from time to time. I owe a lot of my motivation to continue producing even in those times to Misan Harriman and Animus."
"Whenever I can, I try to do my small part. There isn't much to think when people are in need of help. Of course, some events strike me more than others but I'm always keen to participate. "
"There is an ambiguity in almost all of my photographs, that's why people understand what they want from my art. They redefine the ambiguity according to themselves."
"My wish is for our little community of Tezos to become a beacon for art and artists in the coming years, with our friends and companions making this a safe place to be."
"So far, the community has grown in a healthy organic way in part to our diversity, accessibility, and comraderie. Every time we look beyond the crypto bubble, we realize that we are still a very small group of people. We hope to keep these positive values and attitudes as Tezos grows with the broader art community."
"The loss of human life and the people who are homeless make it absolutely necessary to help them get up and rebuild. It's the least we can do and blockchain and NFTs allow us to act immediately, why deprive ourselves of it?"
Some people create, while others curate, but Malicious Sheep is adept at doing them both. They were integral behind the scenes of #TezQuakeAid organizing efforts and helping the DNS team with outreach, discovery, and content. We cannot thank them enough for their services. Sheep is currently hoping to be selected as a speaker for the next SXSW conference, and it would make our day if you could give her a show of your support by following the tweet below. ⬇️
"I think, if we all take a moment to realize our strength together and stopped feeling like it is some sort of competition, we could really set ourselves up for a very successful future in Tezos."
Lina's personal story was exceptionally haunting, and we want to thank her once again, and showcase some of her own personal favorites from the #TezQuakeAid event.
Stu was a key figure for #TezQuakeAid efforts, providing hours of useful support behind the scenes. His breadth of knowledge of the scene from both technical and community angles proved to be worth their weight in gold, and were it not for him it would have been nearly impossible to output as much content as we were able to at DNS. We want to give him an extra special thank you for his contributions here once more.
There were so many people who contributed to the success of this event that it's impossible to try and make a list without leaving someone who deserves to be shouted out off, but we hope that this article came close. We would once again like to thank everyone who contributed with time, money, and social currency. Each individual action alone may feel meaningless, but together we can make a difference.