The Birth of Venus Recap

Venus merch table with our stickers, buttons, and postcards for sale. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

Venus merch table with our stickers, buttons, and postcards for sale. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

Venus is officially here.

Our launch party Friday night at Spiderhouse Cafe + Ballroom here in Austin, TX was beyond anything we could have imagined and we are so grateful for everyone who made it out to party with us and support local organization Mama Sana. Between our three incredible bands, our numerous vendors, the heartwarming messages from Mama Sana's Kids, and a poetry performance, it's hard to choose the highlights of the night. It didn't hurt that we had the cutest crowd in existence- and that's not just the themed drinks talking (although the Venus Fly Trap was pretty deadly).

Venus team member Grace Mclarty with her prints. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

Venus team member Grace Mclarty with her prints. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

Venus illustrator Alex Guillen had her hand-drawn stickers for sale. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

Venus illustrator Alex Guillen had her hand-drawn stickers for sale. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

We were joined by local vendors including eythink and Trash Vintage, as well as UT-affiliated organizations Voices Against Violence and FLORES (Feminist Latinx Organization Empowering Society). Many members of our staff had handmade goods and prints for sale as well. "I was so proud of everyone I almost cried," Venus team member Natalie Roberts said, "Seeing everyone's art and having people appreciate my work was so incredible." We had Venus stickers, buttons, hats, and postcards all designed by various members of our staff. "Looking around I saw so many people wearing earrings or pins that I made for Venus, so that was really rewarding," illustrator Tiffany Stevenson said, "I've never seen so many people in one place wearing things I made!" Our hats sold out early but we'll be making more so keep your eyes peeled. The rest of our merch will also be for sale on the site in the coming weeks.

Hats were hand embroidered by our team member, Chloe. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

Hats were hand embroidered by our team member, Chloe. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

All of our stickers were designed by members of Venus. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

All of our stickers were designed by members of Venus. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

Allysa Grace, Born Again Virgins, and The Bishops all had stellar performances and left the crowd full of energy. They were the perfect bands for the night and we are so glad they could celebrate with us. Noor Wadi of UT's poetry group Spitshine also joined us to perform a few of her poems that left us in awe and a little angry- in a good way. "I'm not lying when I say it was hard not to be smiling and dancing the entire night," staff writer Sarah Rodriguez says, "I loved the fun grungy set from Born Again Virgins. It was just what I needed after crying over Noor Wadi's heavy and beautiful words."

Born Again Virgins rocked the stage. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

Born Again Virgins rocked the stage. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

Allysa Grace serenading the audience on keys. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

Allysa Grace serenading the audience on keys. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

 

"I think I underestimated how successful the benefit would be, but I was soon reminded that once you get a group of badass women together that are passionate about a cause, you're unstoppable."

 

Noor Wadi performed her powerful poetry to the Venus crowd. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

Noor Wadi performed her powerful poetry to the Venus crowd. Photo by Kassidy Curry.

Over 200 people came to the launch and their support helped us raise $1,000 for Mama Sana. When we found out how much we raised we were in shock. To be such a young organization and receive that amount of support is more than we could have hoped for. The ladies on staff all obviously love Venus, but we didn't know so many other people would too. "The amount of people that showed up blew my mind and I've never felt so close-knit to a group of people in such short time," art editor Dahlia Dandashi said, "I think I underestimated how successful the benefit would be, but I was soon reminded that once you get a group of badass women together that are passionate about a cause, you're unstoppable."

Cara Bishop of The Bishops. Photo by Kiana Fernandez

Cara Bishop of The Bishops. Photo by Kiana Fernandez

The Bishops closed out the night to a packed crowd. Photo by Sarah Jasmine.

The Bishops closed out the night to a packed crowd. Photo by Sarah Jasmine.

We are only a few months old, but this event made it very clear to all of us that Venus is bigger than we expected. Our first benefit was so warm and full of love that we're ready to start next one. "The launch felt like a safe space. I knew that the people in attendance not only supported Venus, but believed in the need for the acknowledgement of minority groups," said Zoe Njemanze, "I'm overjoyed to be a staff member of Venus. The future seems so bright for us!" It was an indescribable feeling to look around and see the amount of support we have. The gals at Venus want to give a huge thank you to our community- you are what fuels us and makes this possible. This was only our first event- we promise you won't want to miss what we have coming next.

An attempt to take a group picture in the middle of the craziness. Only a portion of our team is pictured. Photo by Maria Reistroffer.

An attempt to take a group picture in the middle of the craziness. Only a portion of our team is pictured. Photo by Maria Reistroffer.

Here's our playlist in case you want to dance in your room and pretend you're still at the launch. Thanks again for celebrating Venus with us, we'll see you next time!