I am launching this very fast, eleventh-hour, fundraising campaign for creative education, quite purposefully, on Columbus Day. It is interesting how now that we are back in California, it is verboten to even mention Columbus or Columbus Day, he being such an anti-hero.
This is for the Native American youth volunteer project I’ve been doing for years with the kids of the Nez Perce tribe in Lapwai, ID—this year…in less than 2 weeks (I fly to Idaho October 20!!!???) I am launching a parallel program to run side-by-side with the playwriting mentoring I have done in the past: Mentor Artists Playwrights Project–MAPP.
I will be putting simple digital camcorders in the hands of 3 “troubled” tribal youth so they can record life in their community and interview tribal elders, mentors, their fellow students doing the simultaneous playwriting workshops, teachers, graduates, other community members…by the end of the intensive learning burst (5 days after school and all day Saturday) we will have enough student-generated footage to be cut together and create a short film about life on the reservation: “Rez Flicks”
I will also, in this short time period, be teaching them how to set up a blog for the project so they can see, in spite of often believing they have no voice or story worth hearing, the whole world can listen.
I just need to raise money for the three cameras (and clip-on microphones, tabletop tripods, extra memory cards) for the kids. These cameras will be used more in the future with programs in other tribes/reservations throughout the nation and Canada.
I have fund-raised before for wonderful projects around the world–but this one is mine, and such a part of my heart. You should feel zero pressure to contribute, but I hope you’ll peruse the campaign site just to learn a little more about what I’m doing, and if you have the opportunity to share with your friends/networks, send them the link (www.indiegogo.com/rezflicks) to spread the word.
Spreading the word, amplifying voices, sharing story, is what it is all about. I hope you’ll consider playing a part.