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The Debt Project is a photographic and multimedia exploration into the role Debt plays in our personal identity and social structure.
170 backers pledged $11,726 to help bring this project to life.

Greetings from Vermont!

Posted by Brittany M. Powell (Creator)
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Hello all of my wonderful backers! 

I'm writing this from Johnson, VT, where I am doing a month long artist residency, thanks to the Vermont Studio Center's wonderful fellowship award program! It's beautiful here and I’ve been getting a lot of work on the project done! The studio center hosts 60+ visual artists and writers each month, and invites visiting guest artists to talk and meet with residents as well. Most of my two weeks here so far have been spent doing the legwork to set up subjects to photograph, some writing on grant/award applications, as well as the sound editing of interviews. Such a treat to get to be a part of such a wonderful exchange of ideas and inspiration! I'm also really looking forward to photographing 8 subjects here in some of the rural surrounding areas as well! 

There has been some exciting press coverage come out during my stay: 

Slate.com: http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2015/06/10/brittany_powell_the_debt_project_a_look_at_people_who_are_dealing_with_significant.html 

The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/16/these-powerful-photos-of-people-living-with-debt-will-make-you-feel-not-alone/ 

USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/06/20/photo-series-documents-debt-usa/28977057/ 

It is my sincere hope that some of this media attention will lead to potential book publishing opportunities for the Debt Project. I can’t imagine a more wonderful and timeless way to present and preserve the project. If anyone has any ideas of whom to reach out to in this arena, please pass them along! 

I’ve had several people contact me to request an easy way to make additional funding contributions to the project. I’ve set up a GoFundme page, since Kickstarter doesn’t allow donations to continue after the campaign has ended. Here is the link: http://www.gofundme.com/thedebtproject 

Sadly, production on this work is costly, and I am close to being out of funds, but seeking more through grants and award opportunities. If anyone has any suggestions in this arena, they’d be greatly appreciated as well! 

In other news, an excerpt from the project will be included in an exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center this fall (details to come), and I am pleased to report that I’ve been awarded the Headlands Center for the Arts Graduate Fellowship Award for 2015-2016! This means I’ve been generously offered studio space and access to the wonderful community there from July 2015-2016! They host an open house three times a year and it’s a great opportunity to check out the studios of so many incredible artists in such a beautiful location. So, if you are in the Bay Area, I encourage you to come to their summer date on Sunday, July 26th! 

Thanks again for all of your incredible support! I haven’t forgotten about anyone’s rewards either. I’d like to set up all surf lessons and portrait sessions before the end of September, so expect to hear from me upon my return. I’ll also be doing a print run in July, so if you haven’t responded to your surveys, please do!

Hope everyone has a magical summer!

Sincerely,  

 Brittany

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