Do you like art, paper mache, and building things? Well this group combines art, engineering to build giant paper mache floats. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on May 27, 2012.
About this project
GOAL FOR THIS YEAR PROJECT :
This summer, Italia Unita’s artistic group, “a Little Taste of Sicily” is looking for funding to organize our first outdoor carnevale event and build a giant mechanized paper mache float for the Fisherman’s Feast in the North End. The money raised will help pay for the garage rental expenses to build the float in. Just like they do in Italy, we would like to recreate the Carnevale tradition on a smaller scale. With our float, we will transform the streets of the North End with a traditional carnevale atmosphere that includes music, dancing, and of course the giant float of art. The fisherman’s feast society already approved the project and invited us to organize this event for them for free. All sketches are ready for the new float and good to be constructed. The dance center is also ready to start practicing for their new dance. The only thing that is missing is the money to pay for all of these expenses. Just like before, I know that my art group can achieve this and make this dream become a reality. With your help and a little contribution, it will give us a hand to help pay for the garage expenses. We will be celebrating this Carnevale event August 18-19, 2012 in the fisherman feast North End Boston. Please feel free to join us during the festival.
BREAK DOWN OF FUNDS
the garage will cost a total of $300 dollars for 3 months. The garage is being rented at 100 dollars per month starting form June first, till August 19. Your money donated, will go towards the garage rental, where we will construct the float inside.
FLOAT WE ARE BUILDING INSIDE GARAGE
It was always my dream since I moved from Italy to share Sciacca’s splendid Carnival tradition in America. Over the past years, by showing and talking about the carnival I was able to gain some interest among my friends. Thus, the artistic group “A Little Taste of Sicily” was formed on December, 16, 2009 in Revere, Massachusetts under a non-profit organization called Italia Unita Inc. of Massachusetts.
This group combines the art of paper Mache and engineering to build giant mechanized floats by adapting to the traditional techniques used in Italy. We would also like to continue to get involved in building floats for local events and parades, such as the Fourth of July parade in Wakefield, and also be involved in other local ones. We just love to see how a tradition of float building from Italy could be appreciated over here. It is a different structure and way of building floats.
Our group is composed of students who balance school, work and our own personal lives to make all of this happen. We try to make the experience of building floats fun and not all work.. It’s just like a jigsaw puzzle only you start off with wood and need tons of imagination. With food, jokes and music we would work each night constructing the float. This would make the time go by quicker and memorable. After months of work, we would assemble the float for the first time and have the joy to see our final result. The assembly is a very satisfying moment for the all group because we see all of our hard work come together into one giant piece.
You are wondering, can we get this job done? Thanks to the help of Italia Unita, we were able to participate in two parades in Wakefield for their Fourth of July parade and a Columbus day parade in East Boston. We also were able to organize Italia Unita’s first Carnevale event in East Boston which turned out to be a great success. Music, traditional dances, and costumes filled the night just like the carnival tradition in Sicily.
Thank you for any donations that you will or have made. It is greatly appreciated, and will make a difference in making this dream of mine become a reality.
Please view our work: http://www.littletasteofsicily.com/pastprojects.htm
Past Carnevale event organized by us indoors:
and here is what we hope to achieve in the future
past floats built by us
Simple banner ( decorative piece)
Madonna Del Soccorso Painting
Venizian mask for sale
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