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About this project

 After receiving the approval letter from the Tourism Council of Bhutan, Paulda & Kuenga’s project will take place next year, June / July 2015.

 Mark's Exhibition at Centennial Museum: University of Texas at El Paso

Many thanks to the following Team Bhutan participants:

Kinley Wangdi         Tourism Council of Bhutan

Oscar Becerra        Editing, Filming 

Erick Ruiz               Graphics, Creative Works

April Samson          Creative Works, Communication

Nichole Ayoub        Video Narration

Maribel Villalva        Author of We are Bhutan Article for El Paso Times

Myrna Zanatel        Author of We are Bhutan Article in El Paso Scene

Dr. Tom Alost         Guest Chef for We are Bhutan Benefit Dinner

Andrea Kirs            Dorsey’s Cards & Gifts

Ray Sanchez         Ghostlight Creative

Melinda Liu           Century Club, London

Gary Edens          UTEP Vice President for Student Affairs

Chundu Rigden    UTEP Student Interviewee

Tshering Eudön    UTEP Student Interviewee

Adair Margo         U.S. Former Chairwoman of the President’s                                             Committee on the Arts and Humanities

Risks and challenges

It will definitely be a challenge to live up to the expectations the hopeful Bhutanese community have put on the project.

The culture difference between the instructors and participants can pose a challenge in the sense that it is important to get the Bhutanese to tell their story without the influence of Mark Paulda, as a westerner.

This will be one of the very first times the participants have ever held a camera of any sort. Some difficulty can be expected in teaching the various elements of the art of photography, as well as the mechanics of a camera, to the participants in the allotted amount of time.

An important objective is not just teaching them how to take a photo, but also the business of photography. The workshop is meant for them to utilize such skills for making money, and their understanding of how to do so may be a challenging task.

An ongoing challenge is obtaining the support of the photographic community as well as the rest of the world's.

Whether or not the world will be enlightened by the story told by the Bhutanese, is in our hands.

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    An 8x10 print from one of the Bhutanese students, a postcard from Bhutan with a personal thank you from one of the students, a Mp3 download of the We Are Bhutan theme song, “Magical Eyes” and a huge thank you from us.

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    The commemorative limited edition We Are Bhutan CD featuring performances by The Hard Road Trio with special guest Mitch Perry, Cardo & Friends, and ASIA featuring John Payne, a postcard from Bhutan with a personal thank you from one of the Bhutanese students, and a huge thank you from us.

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    A prayer flag from Bhutan, a postcard sent from Bhutan with a personal thank you from one of the Bhutanese students, mp3 download of the We Are Bhutan theme song, “Magical Eyes,” and a huge thank you from us.

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    Your wish will be made when a traditional Bhutanese prayer flag is hung at a Himalayan mountain pass in your honor. A short video clip documenting the event and a photo will be taken. They will be posted on social media. You’ll get an 8x10 print from one the Bhutanese students, a postcard sent from Bhutan with a personal thank you from one of the students, the commemorative limited edition We Are Bhutan CD, and a huge thank you from us.

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    You will receive a prayer wheel a prayer flag, the commemorative limited edition We Are Bhutan CD, a postcard sent from Bhutan with a personal thank you from one of the Bhutanese students, and a huge thank you from us.

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    An 8x10 print from EACH of the 8 Bhutanese students in the project, a prayer flag, a postcard sent from Bhutan with a personal thank you from one of the students, the commemorative limited edition We Are Bhutan CD, and a huge thank you from us.

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    A Blurb book from the project, a special thank you as a sponsor acknowledged in the book, one signed 8x10 print, the commemorative limited edition We Are Bhutan CD, a postcard sent from Bhutan with a personal thank you from one of the Bhutanese students, and a huge thank you from us.

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    A photo challenge! You create a photo challenge for the Bhutanese students by choosing a theme (for example: peace or happiness) and the students will capture your challenge on film. You become part of the learning process! You will receive an 8x10 print from EACH of the 8 students of their interpretation of your theme. You’ll also receive a Blurb book from the project, a special thank you as a sponsor acknowledged in the book, a prayer flag, a postcard sent from Bhutan with a personal thank you from one of the students, the commemorative limited edition We Are Bhutan CD, and a huge thank you from us.

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    A photo challenge! You create a photo challenge for the Bhutanese students by choosing a theme (for example: peace or happiness) and the students will capture your challenge on film. You become part of the learning process! You will also receive a PERSONALIZED and SIGNED copy of the book, a special thank you as a sponsor acknowledged in the book, the commemorative limited edition We Are Bhutan CD, an 8x10 print from EACH of the 8 students in the project, a prayer flag, a postcard sent from Bhutan with a personal thank you from one of the students, and a huge thank you from us.

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    A signed and numbered 16x20 limited edition fine art print of Bhutan from the project founder/ co-coordinator, award winning photographer, Mark Paulda.

    You will also receive a PERSONALIZED and SIGNED copy of the Blurb book, a special thank you as a sponsor acknowledged in the book, the commemorative limited edition We Are Bhutan CD, a prayer flag, a postcard sent from Bhutan with a personal thank you from one of the Bhutanese students, and a huge thank you from us.

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    House Concert: The Hard Road Trio

    You will receive a private house concert (or similar approved type of event) from The Hard Road Trio, highly skilled Americana music as its finest, and performers/ co-writers of the We Are Bhutan theme song, Magical Eyes.

    You will also receive a PERSONALIZED and SIGNED copy of the Blurb book, and a special thank you as a sponsor acknowledged in the book.

    (Note: This is a private event and cannot be used for commercial re-sale. The purchaser will be responsible for all transportation, lodging, and backline costs if needed, associated with The Hard Road Trio.)

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    Sponsor A Student

    By selecting this perk, your sponsorship will cover the total cost for one Bhutanese student for the duration of the project, including housing, meals, transportation, and equipment. You will become a special benefactor to the project and will be listed on all media resulting from We Are Bhutan.
    You will also receive an exclusive cultural gift box, which will include many hand crafted arts and goodies.
    In addition you'll receive an 12X12 print from each of the students, a PERSONALIZED and SIGNED copy of the Blurb book, the commemorative limited edition We Are Bhutan CD, a postcard from one of the students, and a huge thank you from us.

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    Bhutan Tour and Ultimate House Concert

    With this reward you will receive a special tour in Bhutan during Mark Paulda’s Traveling World Exhibition. Be part of the We Are Bhutan team, attending all the festivities surrounding Bhutan’s FIRST ever photography exhibition including private events with Bhutanese dignitaries. Witness first hand the magnificent Himalayas while hanging your own prayer flag. Take an awe inspiring trek to the spectacular Tiger’s Nest hanging on a mountain cliff at almost13,000 ft. Experience first hand the traditional Bhutanese culture including GNH, Gross National Happiness. All will take place during the dynamic, colorful Paro Festival in March 2016.

    AND as a special bonus! :

    You will receive the Ultimate Solo Acoustic House Concert, from multi-talented musician John Payne, lead singer, producer, bass player of ASIA featuring John Payne.

    In addition you will receive a PERSONALIZED and SIGNED copy of the Blurb book, and a special thank you as a platinum sponsor acknowledged in the book.

    (Note: This does not include travel to and from Bhutan. This covers land cost in Bhutan: lodging,meals, transportation, and Bhutan’s $250/day individual tourist fee.
    John Payne’s house concert is a private event and cannot be used for commercial re-sale. The purchaser will be responsible for all transportation, lodging, and backline costs if needed, associated with John Payne.)

    Please contact us before purchasing this prize for specific details concerning what is included/excluded, as well as any questions you may have regarding this reward.

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- (30 days)