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Bring Ypsilanti, MI to LIGHT with a GLOW out street festival for ALL, built by local artists, businesses, community groups, and YOU!
Bring Ypsilanti, MI to LIGHT with a GLOW out street festival for ALL, built by local artists, businesses, community groups, and YOU!
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Join us in bringing to LIGHT Downtown Ypsilanti! Last year, WonderFool Productions teamed up with the Ypsilanti community to host the first ever ypsiGLOW: a community-built art event that brought thousands of people downtown for a night of dancing, interactive art activities, black-light stations, street performances and more! 

This year, WonderFool Productions needs your help to GROW the GLOW! In the weeks leading up to the event, the windows of Downtown Ypsilanti will - quite literally - GLOW. From the Kickstarter Campaign funding, WonderFool Productions will hire local artists to paint murals or build art installations in windows. The ultimate vision is to have every window in Downtown Ypsilanti, from local businesses to abandoned spaces, filled with art before the event. 

Join this campaign and help us generate economic and cultural impact downtown, as we directly support local artists, businesses, and community culture with the funding we receive.

Local Artist // Oona Goodman // Window Installation
Local Artist // Oona Goodman // Window Installation

 

Local Artist // YES // Storefront Installation
Local Artist // YES // Storefront Installation

 

Local Artist // Gretchen Adracie // Luminary for Window Installation
Local Artist // Gretchen Adracie // Luminary for Window Installation

 

Why is ypsiGLOW important?

At ypsiGLOW there are no stages, no set design, no schedule of activities. Instead, people from all corners of the community come together on the street, sharing and celebrating their creations and the creations of others. 

At the first ypsiGLOW, with the help of 69 community partners and creatives, over 1,200 people of all ages and backgrounds danced, delighted, and celebrated their community together. A local business owner remarked, “I have been to a lot of events, and a lot of first time events and you should be VERY proud of what you were able to accomplish. I also feel like it was the most integrated event I’ve been to in Ypsi (or any where really) and that made me happier than anything.” 

There is immense power in ypsiGLOW because it champions diversity and connects ALL people from the community in collaborative, and shared expression. We need your support to bring this vision to life!

Local Organization // Ozone House // Giant Mobile Sculptures
Local Organization // Ozone House // Giant Mobile Sculptures

 

Ypsilanti Community High School // Instructed by Lynne Settles // Performance
Ypsilanti Community High School // Instructed by Lynne Settles // Performance

Who participates? 

ypsiGLOW is created by artists, community groups, businesses, and YOU (the community). 

  • Artists activate windows, create light-centric pieces for the event, and teach community art-making workshops
  • Community groups, schools, and institutions participate by hosting satellite workshops unique to their programming and members 
  • Businesses participate by activating their windows for the event and hosting workshops 
  • The community is invited to make a costume at home or attend a workshop to make a luminary or costume to bring to the event 

This truly is an event built by Ypsi, for Ypsi. 

Local Business // Stark Funeral Home // Glow Hearse
Local Business // Stark Funeral Home // Glow Hearse

 

Community-built Art
Community-built Art

Who are we? 

Creative-enablers // Merry-makers // Community-connectors 

WonderFool Productions - a nonprofit art organization - sets the stage for community-built art experiences. Although ypsiGLOW is a new event, WonderFool Productions is not a new organization. WonderFool Productions has developed two culturally iconic events in Ann Arbor: FestiFools, which just celebrated its 11th year, and FoolMoon, which turned 7. 

In 2016, WonderFool Productions was asked to plan a pilot event applying their successful community-arts model to the Ypsilanti community. What resulted was a community-wide celebration, with over 60 community partners who brought the inaugural ypsiGLOW to life! 

Why Kickstarter? 

Kickstarter uses the power of community support to bring community art to life. By supporting initiatives like ypsiGLOW, you are helping unite communities through positive expression and shared experiences, where people from all ages and backgrounds come together to create, delight, discover, and wonder together. We invite you to join this community-built project through Kickstarter, making it a global effort to empower and connect communities in need.  

Previous Window Artists

  • Oona Goodman
  • Scott Wedemeyer
  • Lavinia Hanachiuc
  • Jeri Rosenberg
  • Robert Roach
  • Mark Tucker
  • Donald Harrison
  • University of Michigan non-major Art Students
  • Jermaine Dickerson
  • Allida Warn
Local Artist // Oona Goodman // Window Installation
Local Artist // Oona Goodman // Window Installation

 

Local Business // MIX // Window Installation
Local Business // MIX // Window Installation

 

Local Artist // Lavinia Hanachiuc // Window Installation
Local Artist // Lavinia Hanachiuc // Window Installation

 

Local Artist // Trevor Stone + Natalie Berry // Cat Masks
Local Artist // Trevor Stone + Natalie Berry // Cat Masks

    

Local Organization // Music & Arts Guild // Live Painting
Local Organization // Music & Arts Guild // Live Painting

 

Local Artist // Patrick Elkins // Shadow Puppets
Local Artist // Patrick Elkins // Shadow Puppets

 

Community-built Art
Community-built Art

 

Local Artist // Angel Vanas // Black-light Face Painting
Local Artist // Angel Vanas // Black-light Face Painting

 

Community-built Art
Community-built Art

 

Community-built Art
Community-built Art

 

Risks and challenges

In the eleven years of planning outdoor events, weather has been our greatest foe. That being said, we are Michiganders... Weather can't stop our GLOW. This was confirmed in 2011, when thousands of people danced in a hail storm during FoolMoon.

Ensuring an inclusive event is our greatest challenge and our greatest priority. The success of the event is dependent on everyone feeling welcome, invited, safe, and culturally comfortable. By engaging with a diversity of community groups, keeping the events free, and offering transportation to groups in need, we hope to achieve this feat.

Finally, as a small but mighty team of volunteers and one staff person, we have to be aware of our capacity constraints and not stretch ourselves too thin. We are relying on the support of the community to bring this event to life.

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    Join the GLOW!

    Be part of our founding donors and we will formally thank you on our website!

    *WonderFool Productions is a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donation is tax deductible*

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    • Name Recognition on ypsiGLOW website
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    Be on a GLOWindow!

    Your name will GLOW at the event, where a local artist will feature backers' names in a window mural.

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    • Name Recognition on a GLOWindow created by a local artist
    • Name Recognition on ypsiGLOW website
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    Fashion GLOW Apparel

    You will be dressed for the occasion and receive a GLOW item to wear at the event! Please pick this item up at the Merchandise Stand at the event.

    *WonderFool Productions is a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donation is tax deductible*

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    • GLOW item to adorn at the event
    • Name Recognition on a GLOWindow created by a local artist
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    preGLOW VIP Pass

    Receive TWO VIP Passes to our preGLOW party at Cultivate where there will be music, drink specials, blacklight body painting, and costuming to get your GLOW on before the event!

    *WonderFool Productions is a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donation is tax deductible*

    Includes:
    • VIP Pass to Cultivate's preGLOW
    • Name Recognition on a GLOWindow created by a local artist
    • Name Recognition on ypsiGLOW website
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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Fashion Glow Apparel + VIP Pass

    This level bundles the previous two levels together, where you will receive TWO VIP pass to the preGLOW and TWO free GLOWing costume items!

    *WonderFool Productions is a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donation is tax deductible*

    Includes:
    • VIP Pass to Cultivate's preGLOW
    • GLOW item to adorn at the event
    • Name Recognition on a GLOWindow created by a local artist
    • Name Recognition on ypsiGLOW website
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    Window Sponsor

    Your donation enables us to offer an artist window grant! Your name will be recognized on a window that YOU sponsored for a local artist.

    *WonderFool Productions is a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donation is tax deductible*

    Includes:
    • Name Recognition on the artist's window that YOU sponsored!
    • VIP Pass to Cultivate's preGLOW
    • Name Recognition on a GLOWindow created by a local artist
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    Installation Sponsor

    Your donation enables us to offer an artist installation grant! Your name will be recognized on an installation that YOU sponsored for a local artist.

    *WonderFool Productions is a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donation is tax deductible*

    Includes:
    • Name Recognition on the artist's window that YOU sponsored!
    • VIP Pass to Cultivate's preGLOW
    • GLOW item to adorn at the event
    • Name Recognition on a GLOWindow created by a local artist
    • Name Recognition on ypsiGLOW website
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