Thanks to Hoss and Ann at GNAT Tv VT for creating such a nice video press release. It will be broadcast around Southern Vermont during July and August.
Yesterday, I went to a workshop on Creating Digital Stories by the Vermont Community Foundation... it was an all-day affair, and at first I wasn't sure my limited attention span would be able to handle it.
But then, we all started sharing stories... and then talking about which mediums would be best to portray them, and why... and we learned about the incredible variety of tools to do as such... and it was interesting and helpful. Some information I already knew, but a lot I didn't.
The best part though, is that I gained so much from other people's ideas. (I tend to work alone; that means I can get a lot done, but it can also mean I'm trapped in my own head a little too much.)
So last night when I came home, I gave cowbird.com a try. The result is far from polished; the narrative needs to be parred down and the inflection/articulation of my read-through would benefit from editing.
Still, I love the concept of sharing stories in such a simple way; it's effective, I think. So, here's my first attempt at sharing the story of PFCM's creation. (Some of you might have already read through the article when I sent it earlier in the Kickstarter campaign...)
Meanwhile, I have just two more days here in Vermont; by tomorrow evening I'll be back in Philly.
It's an absolutely gorgeous morning in Southern Vermont. I'm just back from a run on Pikes Falls Road, and am getting ready to go to Norwich for a workshop led by the Vermont Community Foundation (the foundation that awarded PFCM a "Small and Inspiring" grant).
Before I head out for the day, I just wanted to express again how grateful I am for all of your donations. It's going to be an incredible festival this summer, and that's largely because of you.
To that end, I was discussing the Donor Plaque with my dad last night. We decided that the two trees (as in the PFCM logo) will be made out of metal, probably a welded steel. It'll be on a wooden background to give depth. Then, the musical note leaves will be metal, and will have the donor's name engraved on them.
The original idea was to have only people who donated large amounts on the plaque. I believe I had said $1000 or more. But... that's not the way crowd funding works, and I want to show my appreciation to everyone.
So, we'll have 3 musical leaf categories... donations of $100 will be on a copper-coated plate, donations of $500 will be silver, and donations of $1000 gold. It'll all be kept in the Town Hall during the festival each year.
It'll look something like a combination of the 3 images below; since my father and sister are the artists designing and actualizing it, I'm sure it'll be wonderful.
There will also be a nice sign nearby that alphabetically lists every donor.
Since donations can still be added/changed, I'll send in the names when the Kickstarter timeframe ends (this Saturday evening).
So, as I said a couple of times now, I'm going to relax with the Kickstarter links. I'll just post pictures and commentary about what's going on with the PFCM details in Vermont this week, and then I'll be off to Kutztown next week for something completely different...
Once more, a resounding thank you for your support. -Susanna
Y'all... we reached our $10,000 goal! I'm a little bit high on champagne, but I still can't quite believe it happened. Thank you all so much.
This just in: A generous donor is going to match anything over $10,000. So, as of 8:27pm, we already have an extra $100... and another 4 days to continue the matching. It's kind of exciting.
I hope I hope you're all doing well. Sending the nicest vibes possible, from Jamaica, VT.
Check it out... We're well on our way! With 11 more days to go (the Kickstarter campaign ends June 22), we are 53% to our goal. As you may know, if we don't reach our goal, we don't get the funds. So, it's really important that we raise the remaining $4,694 by June 22. No matter what the size, every donation helps... that's the crowd-funding way. So, whether you can donate $1, $25, or $100, please check out our Kickstarter campaign (with the wonderful Pikes Falls 2012 video) and, if you can, donate.
Riley Bamesberger, our new Artist-in-Residence
Artist-in-Residence Natasha Loewy is providing us with an additional visual artist for this summer! Riley Bamesberger will be joining the visual art team. Natasha and Riley will put together a joint show in the Town Hall, and will work together (with intern Kelly Crosslin) to create the wonderful Art/Music Collaboration on August 8.
For that collaboration, they will be using canvas, paintbrushes (big and small), acrylic paint, and potatoes/fruit (for printmaking). The session will be from 1-3 in the afternoon and, while it will be geared toward children and young adults, it is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
Since PFCM wants to ultimately have components from all genres of the arts, we're thrilled to see the visual art section thriving.
[Excited about the PFCM 2013? Help us make it all happen! Our Kickstarter timeframe is more than halfway done, and we still have so far to go...]
Earlier this year, PFCM applied for a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation. Notifications were supposed to be sent in early May, but as of yesterday I still hadn't heard anything... so while I definitely didn't want to bother anyone, I finally decided to pick up the phone and call.
It turns out that we were funded, and somehow the email had just been caught in the spam folder. VCF has been waiting for us to turn in the paperwork!
In any case, hearing that news made my day, and perhaps my week. The monetary support is wonderful, of course, but even more important is the approval from the Vermont community. A huge thanks to the Vermont Community Foundation for granting PFCM a Small and Inspiring Grant. We're thrilled to be part of the neighborhood.
Meanwhile, we're still actively fundraising via our Kickstarter campaign. Time is quickly running out; please help us reach our goal!
Yesterday afternoon, I took a deep breath and launched PFCM's Kickstarter Campaign. We now have 36 days to fill our budget gap. It's scary, but also exciting.
Good news, though: We received our first few backers, and just like that... we're 3.25% to our $10,000 goal! If we continue at that rate, our Kickstarter will be successful. This probably goes without saying, but any amount helps. (If each of my Facebook friends donated $10, we'd be WELL over the $10,000!)
Of course, grass routes projects like this are a big part of what continue to propel the arts. PFCM has some awesome goals for the future, many of which are outlined on the Kickstarter page. But first, we have to fund our second season.
Through generous donations of individuals and companies, we're raised more than $10,000 for this year's festival. But, in order to accomplish year 2 without going into the red, we need to raise another $10,000.
Whether or not you feel like you can donate, you can also help by spreading the word about our campaign. Share it on Facebook or Twitter, pass it around via email, shout it from your rooftops, parade it around the streets... monetarily or otherwise, anything you can do is appreciated!
Check out the PFCM 2013 signs that will soon be posted all around Southern Vermont!
Here's the flier that we'll hand out to anyone and everyone. (click to expand the images)
Here's the poster about the Music/Art Collaboration, Afternoon Fantasy Concert, Open Rehearsal, and Potluck Dinner/Open Mic...
And, this is the poster that will be outside the Town Hall during the festival. Really looking forward to August!
If you look through the "Musicians of Pikes Falls" and "Festival Dates and Events" pages, you'll see lots of new and updated information.
I'm excited to welcome several new musicians to PFCM this summer; check out the bio pages of violist Dana Rokosny, oboist Bethany Slater, and conductor Richard Scerbo. More bios will be unrolled over the next couple of days.
The concert repertoire has been thrilling to determine. This year, we'll be featuring a Hallman piece on every concert, while also including classics by Mozart, Schubert, Debussy, and Ravel.
The Afternoon Family Concert and Music/Art Collaboration follows the theme of the "Fantasy;" kids and adults are all welcome to explore the influence of fantasies on both visual art and music while creating fantasy-inspired artwork. The collaboration will be led by art and music educators Natasha Loewy and Kelly Crosslin.
Following the concert will be an open rehearsal, a potluck, and an open mic session... so plan to come with your whole family (and your instruments!) and enjoy the day.
The summer may still feel far away, but it'll approach soon enough... and I'm certainly already counting down the days til we're all up in Jamaica again.