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Snapshot: Raw Paw Arson Benefit

The creative community rallies around the art collective after a fire destroys their home base and catalog

By David Brendan Hall, March 2, 2018, Arts

When tragedy befalls an artist or group of artists – such as the Jan. 2 fire started by a still-at-large arsonist that burned down Raw Paw’s headquarters full of irreplaceable art – it isn’t just an affront to those particular people, it’s an attack on the entire creative community. Yet, such a widespread feeling of pain and loss is likewise often the rallying cry for a mass movement toward healing, as was the case during the art collective’s Saturday evening arson benefit held at Spokesman and St. Elmo Brewing Company, which drew hundreds of supporters for a showcase of local bands and the sale of art saved from the flames.

"We were already in a marathon of surviving when the fire took us by total surprise," says Raw Paw co-founder Chris Dock. "It was going to be impossible to recover without help from the community. Friends and friends of friends giving 20-50 dollars saved our dreams from being taken from us."

“Snapshot” covered the benefit and chatted with the three founders – Chris Dock, Kyle Carter and Jen Rachid – as well as performers and supporters to illuminate Raw Paw’s method of moving forward, which hinges on the goal of proliferating success for artists of all stripes.

Raw Paw still needs more financial support to fully recover from this terrible tragedy. Those who wish to donate can do so via the band’s online fundraiser:

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