A 28-year-old engineer is helping new artists get into the NFT game — by paying for their gas. Tim Kang is behind the Sevens Genesis Grant, helping artists mint and sell their work. Kang funded the program himself out of a love of NFTs, and has even partnered with hotel heiress Paris Hilton for a special collection.
The Sevens Foundation was created to help artists and curators connect through art exhibitions. The key was recognizing that many artists can’t afford to pay the fees associated with minting NFTs. Through the Genesis Grant, creators who have been “disadvantaged by means beyond their control” can still participate in the NFT marketplace.
Paris Hilton helps curate NFT art
Hotel heiress Paris Hilton is already known for her blockchain evangelism. But in partnership with the Sevens Foundation, she is helping to curate a special set of grants. Aimed at empowering women, it helps female artists craft NFTs of their art for free.
According to the call for submissions, Hilton is looking for art that explores “the themes of female empowerment and representation.” It is an attempt to balance the “deeply embedded cultural injustices toward women.” The first round of funding has closed, but there may be more in the future.
The Genesis Grant helped 317 artists from 60 countries break into the NFT space. At the same time, the Sevens Foundation also runs an ongoing program for artist who have never minted an NFT before.
Because gas prices are so high at the moment, projects like these are vital to the health of the NFT art world. The dream of a decentralized, open-access community depends on everyone having a chance to participate. Thanks to entrepreneurs like Kang, that dream is in no danger of being lost.
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