All we really own is our story. Sharing that story with others can be very powerful. Sharing it with an artist can make it your legacy
All we really own is our story.
Have you ever met someone by chance and ended up talking for hours about things you would never really discuss with a total stranger? Did that moment leave you with a new understanding of yourself or an appreciation for the other person that you did not expect? That moment is what CONNECTED is about.
The written word is considered definitive, it has a clear definition as noted in Webster’s dictionary that we have accepted as reality. Art is much more relative. An image can capture emotion, trigger a memory and define a moment. So what happens if you take a group of inspiring words, a random selection of people - each with their own story, and a handful of talented artist and bring them together for a single purpose - to connect?
That is what were are doing and we want you to consider our invitation to participate in this project. Before you make your decision, let me define the project in a little more detail...
The Ambassadors - 5
These folks have been nominated by the curators of CONNECTED to help in the random selection of Storytellers. Each Ambassador will have the responsibility of inviting 5 people within their circle to share their own personal thoughts, stories and wisdom.
The Storytellers - 25
These are the people our Ambassadors have invited to partner with our artists. It is the Storyteller’s task to contemplate the WORD randomly chosen from our list and share their personal vision with the artist. We also ask that the Storyteller take some time after meeting with their artist and capture their thoughts in writing. This could be a poem, a journal entry or a short story...its up to the Storyteller to pick the best way to express their vision.
The Artists - 25
Each artist will be hand selected by the CONNECTED Curators. They will be chosen for their artistic skills and their openness to collaborate with the Storyteller. The final piece of art will be completely created by the artist in their choice of medium but, the subject should be influenced by the interaction between Storyteller and Artist.
Now what you ask...
Now we assemble all this magnificent artwork into an exhibit. The paintings, drawings and sculptures will be displayed in a unique manner with the inspirational WORDS for the audience to contemplate. This exhibit will travel the U.S. for approximately a year to a variety of different venues. Starting with ArtPrize 2013 in Grand Rapids, Mi.
Did we mention the book?
Because we believe that the stories and artwork that will be unearthed through this exciting process should be shared with as many people as possible, we will also be publishing a beautiful coffee table size art book. This keepsake will capture the thoughts provided by our Storytellers, the art they inspired and an artist impact statement for each work.
The WORDS.... PATIENCE HOPE PEACE LOVE FAITH JOY MERCY SINCERITY STRENGTH GRACE CONFIDENCE SUCCESS LEADERSHIP HUMILITY COMMUNITY LEGACY REDEMPTION PURPOSE UNDERSTANDING CHANGE ACCEPTANCE DIGNITY HAPPINESS GROWTH COMMITMENT
Are you ready to get CONNECTED with us?
Have questions? Please give us a call and we will help you decide if you want to join this exciting project. It requires a commitment to a couple of events and the willingness to share your talents or story.
210 S. Main St.
Milford, Mi. 48381
We will be using the funds raised through Kickstarter to print the book and purchase materials for the exhibit/displays. All graphic design, manufacturing and planning will be done by curators and Connected Team.
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Timing is our biggest challenge! We would really like to launch the exhibit with the book. Having the artwork ready for the exhibit is not a concern because our plan is to participate in ArtPrize 2013. However, in order to have the book published and ready for the event (September 18th, 2013) our deadline for the book layout with the finished art and text is July 15th. This is very doable with the right people...Storytellers that are committed, Artists that are committed and funding in place!
Our fall back position in the event that we do not have the book print-ready or the funding in place by the July deadline is to publish a paperback version of the book as a catalog for the ArtPrize show that we would charge a small fee of $10-$15. We would take advance orders for the hardcover book and mail them after the show. Because the show will travel for a year, the book would be ready for the follow up venues and could be inventoried to each of the hosts when the show moves on to the next venue.
Each Artist would be able to purchase copies of the book at a wholesale price and resell through their own network, websites and galleries.
Please come see our exhibit at The Harris Building located at 111 S. Division Avenue in Grand Rapids.
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We appreciate each and every contribution to this project and we will take the time to personally "Connect" with you by phone or email (your choice). The true heart of this project is exactly that...connecting with each other...you never know where that MOMENT will lead you.Estimated delivery:
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An opportunity to participate in the "CONNECTED". You or your nominee will be randomly partnered with one of our juried artists to share your stories. The artist will then create a piece based on that shared vision which will be part of the exhibit and hard covered book.Estimated delivery:
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Inspired Sponsorship - you or your business will be included in our book with your logo, website and contact information. You will also receive 4 VIP tickets to opening night at ArtPrize 2013 reception and 4 books.Estimated delivery:
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