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Helping a community come together to set the story straight - for the first time ever, their story, their chosen images in a photo book
Helping a community come together to set the story straight - for the first time ever, their story, their chosen images in a photo book
88 backers pledged $29,638 to help bring this project to life.

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Getting Ready
Getting Ready

I’ve witnessed the exploitation and discrimination firsthand over the two decades we’ve been working in these communities to deliver culturally competent health education, screening, follow-up, patient navigation and research through PROJECT HOFFNUNG - the Amish and Mennonite Breast Health Project. I’ve read the printed words, heard presentations and seen the shows full of erroneous information. This community has been inaccurately depicted and stereotyped for far too long.   

I KNEW WE HAD TO STEP UP AND GIVE THE COMMUNITY A VOICE.

The Bishop's Study
The Bishop's Study

We have often said we so wish people could come into the many homes we’ve been in and sit at the kitchen tables of the families we’ve gotten to know and meet the friends made over the past 20 years. We have come to know about the lives of countless individuals in the Amish, Mennonite and Plain communities – we know them not as "Amish" but as mothers, preachers, sons and daughters, teachers, farmers, carpenters, fathers – and more.

Cows
Cows

This Kickstarter campaign will allow the Amish, Mennonite and Plain communities to tell their story in a respectful way free of the stereotypes and the financial interests that have shaped the public lens. This initiative has the potential to be a profound catalyst for social change. Your support can be a part of that momentum and will allow for a continuing dialogue that shapes how these communities are perceived, interacted with and treated.

The Ferrier
The Ferrier

What emerged during a quiet conversation with one particular Amish bishop in late 2014 has grown into a community initiative across dozens of settlements crisscrossing the state of Ohio. We’ve been given unprecedented access to these communities because they know and trust us personally. Talitha Tarro began capturing images in the spring of 2015. Excitement and enthusiasm continues to grow.    

About the Book 

First and foremost, it is important to emphasize that this photography book is these communities’ visual story to tell. All of those who agreed to be photographed will be a part of the selection process, along with religious leaders and other community members. And, they are having the opportunity for the first time ever to decide, “What would we like you to know about us?” Participants' thoughts and comments about the images will be included to share insight in their culture. 

Final design, layout, and production are planned for a November 2017 release. We are creating a visually dazzling coffee table volume that will be 9 x 12" (22.86 x 30.48 cm) and estimated at 126 pages. 

 Where Kickstarter Comes In

Your support will allow us to finish production and design the book. The funds raised will allow us to complete photography and post production editing, cover transportation and travel costs to coordinate communication and the selection process across the state for the final photographs that will be produced in a coffee table book. We anticipate a mix of one-on-one and group discussions throughout the selection process. Many of us have already and will continue to volunteer and contribute our time and expertise to keep project costs as modest as possible. We fundamentally believe in this initiative and the power of social change! We sincerely appreciate your support at any level of giving. 

About The Rewards 

In addition to the limited edition photographs featured above, we are offering a stunning photo postcard update on our progress, our 2017 PROJECT HOFFNUNG Calendar, handcrafted baskets and quilts by members of the community along with a once in a lifetime opportunity for a true cultural immersion in the world’s largest Amish settlement. Please take a look at the rewards photos and pledge descriptions. 

Shipping costs are included in the pledge amount for U.S. backers. No surprises…

 

Button Basket, Tall Basket with Handle and Lazy Susan
Button Basket, Tall Basket with Handle and Lazy Susan

 

Captain's Star, Star Spin, and Chrysalis Star Quilt Patterns
Captain's Star, Star Spin, and Chrysalis Star Quilt Patterns

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges for the successful completion of this project are relatively low overall. Actual photography is well underway and the community member photo selection process is beginning shortly. The one foreseeable challenge to relentlessly manage is schedule – or meeting the photo book delivery deadline. This is a statewide project with an iterative review process involving many individuals. We recognize the scope of this project will require a focused project management approach regarding schedule. We also have a network of over 20 volunteers statewide in PROJECT HOFFNUNG who can assist with transportation, communications, meeting coordination and mailings.

Packaging and shipping of the rewards and book will be handled by our network of volunteers, community members and the PROJECT HOFFNUNG team. We are committed to an efficient and timely delivery of all rewards.

If we surpass our goal, we will dedicate the balance toward either a larger photo book (e.g. an 11 x 16” book) or a photo exhibition of Their Life through Their Lens-the Amish, Mennonite and Plain People. The exhibit would ideally be timed to launch along with our biannual national conference, Addressing the Needs of Amish and Plain Communities' scheduled for June 2017. All contributions will be dedicated solely to the project.

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    1 Postcard of a community-selected image

    A handwritten update of the project mailed from Mt. Hope, Ohio and our sincere thanks for your support!

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    2017 PROJECT HOFFNUNG calendar

    The 2017 PROJECT HOFFNUNG color calendar is a 26 page, 12 x 9 " format with a 100 lb. Platinum Silk cover and Twin Loop binding that features community-selected images.

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    The Photo Book

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    Button Basket

    8 x 8 x 4” button basket

    Button basket handcrafted by a Schwartzentruber family in the Amish community that has a long legacy in basket weaving. We spent private, quiet moments with the family learning about basket weaving, and Talitha captured images of this time-honored craft that is passed down from generation to generation.

    Accent color choices - all natural, navy, hunter green, burgundy, black. (We will honor accent color choices whenever possible.)

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    Tall Basket with Handle

    10 x 5 x 13” Tall Basket with Handle (holds 2 bottles of your favorite grape)

    Basket handcrafted by a Schwartzentruber family in the Amish community with a long legacy in basket weaving. We spent private, quiet moments with the family learning about basket weaving, and Talitha captured images of this time-honored craft that is passed down from generation to generation.

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    Lazy Susan Basket

    Lazy Susan basket handcrafted by a Schwartzentruber family in the Amish community with a long legacy in basket weaving. We spent private, quiet moments with the family learning about basket weaving, and Talitha captured images of this time-honored craft that is passed down from generation to generation.

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    "Getting Ready" 12x18" print + Book

    Limited edition (numbered) 12 x 18" signed and numbered print of "Getting Ready"

    A book and your name on the contributors’ page of the book. Print signed by Talitha Tarro.

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    "The Bishops Study" 12x18" print + Book

    Limited edition (numbered) 12 x 18" signed and numbered print of "The Bishop's Study"

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    "Cows" 12 x 18" print + Book

    Limited edition (numbered) 12 x 18" signed and numbered print of "Cows"

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    "The Ferrier" 12 x 18" print + Book

    Limited edition (numbered) 12 x 18" signed and numbered print of "The Ferrier"

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    4 Pack of Prints + Book

    Limited edition (numbered) 12 x 18" signed and numbered prints of "The Ferrier", "Cows", "The Bishop's Study" & "Getting Ready".

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    Quilt (Standard, Queen or King)

    We were invited into the homes of community member quilt makers for us to learn about, observe and for Talitha to capture images of the techniques and exquisite needlework that have made Amish quilts famous throughout the world.

    Quilt hand quilted by community member seamstress and quilt maker. Pick one of three quilt designs shown customized in your size and color pallet: Captain's Star, Star Spin or Chrysalis Star.

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    Cultural Immersion for 2 + book

    Three days and two night’s cultural immersion trip to the worlds’ largest settlement in Holmes County, Ohio to explore the past, present and future of the Amish, Mennonite and Plain Communities.

    You and a guest will stay with a local community family in their home. This immersion is a blend of structured (guided activities) and unstructured (on your own) discovery time to explore the culture, country side, cuisine and the people. (Does not include airfare)

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    CHAMPION ADVOCATE PACKAGE

    The Ultimate Backer Package!

    Postcard with a handwritten update of the project mailed from Mt. Hope, Ohio

    The 2017 PROJECT HOFFNUNG color calendar, with community-selected images

    Choice of any Kickstarter basket handcrafted by our community Amish family who shared the craft and legacy in basket weaving

    All 4 Limited edition (numbered) 12 x 18" : "Getting Ready", "The Bishop's Office", "Cows" and "The Ferrier" signed by Talitha Tarro

    Choice of any Kickstarter quilt hand quilted by our community member seamstress and quilt maker

    Cultural Immersion for 2: Three days and two night’s cultural immersion trip to the world's largest settlement in Holmes County, Ohio to explore the past, present and future of the Amish, Mennonite and Plain communities with us. (Does not include airfare)

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Funding period

- (30 days)