Sorry to add an extra layer of clutter to your Inbox!
My apologies if you've heard this through another channel, but I wanted to let you know what's happening with my current Kickstarter campaign.
The original goal was for a short, sweet campaign to raise $1,000 so I could do a carving celebrating Mother Tongue Day (February 21st) and send it to Bangladesh, where there are several endangered minority languages.
Support was so great we broke that $1,000 in barely 24 hours.
At this point we've been going about 36 hours, and here's what the pledges have already helped to pay for:
* materials, including a lovely piece of wide cherry, full of color and character, for the Mother Tongue carving;
* cost of high-quality, high-resolution photography that will enable us to create the International Mother Language Day poster based on an image of the Mother Tongue carving (see the image below);
* design fee for laying out and creating the poster;
* shipping cost to send the carving to Bistaar, the arts complex in Chittagong, Bangladesh, where it will be displayed as part of that country's Mother Tongue celebrations on February 21st.
But here's the thing: the pledges are still coming in. With every additional dollar we'll be able to plan follow-up Mother Tongue carvings for 2017. I'd love to make a Mother Tongue carving for Indonesia and the Philippines--and what about the mother tongues of the indigenous peoples of North America! I can just see it, a vast slab of wood tipped up on end, with the phrase "mother tongue" carved in dozens of languages indigenous to North America: Cree, Cherokee, Navajo....
Keep supporting the work of the Endangered Alphabets.
Keep those pledges coming!
Thanks so much.
Dear Kickstarter friends and allies,
My wonderful students at Champlain College and I could use your help--right now.
We are deep into yet another important and urgent endangered alphabets/languages project. We are working to publish the first-ever endangered-language classroom materials for indigenous children in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. We've done readers, we've created the first coloring books they've ever seen, we've made alphabet stamps. This alone will transform their education, in a system where 35% don't finish second grade, 65% don't finish fifth grade, and only 2% graduate high school.
Now we're hoping to publish writing journals, stickers and an anthology of folk tales. These stories were collected by indigenous children, re-told to their classmates, recorded, transcribed, translated, and are even now being laid out in book format using a special kid-friendly font designed by the latest member of our team, Irina Wang. This anthology is to be a fundraiser for the three schools where indigenous children can be educated in their own mother tongues.
But OUR KICKSTARTER IS WAY BEHIND SCHEDULE. WE NEED $300+ a day for the next 5 DAYS.
In thanks for your donations, I am offering to carve “Thanks!” in the glorious fluid Balinese script at one level and one of the proverbs in the beautiful bubbly Marma script at another. Both these carvings were among the most popular items when the Endangered Alphabets were displayed at the Smithsonian.
For full details, please go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/663870893/education-in-the-chittagong-hill-tracts.
As always, if you can’t afford to support our campaign—which we totally understand!—please pass the link on to friends and colleagues.
The Suggestion: Happy New Year cards in Mongolian calligraphy. Just beautiful. Check them out at http://society6.com/product/happy-new-year-cards-in-mongolian-calligraphy_cards#16=71.
The Request: I would love to take the Alphabets to the West Coast, preferably California. Anyone got any suggestions about colleges, universities, libraries or galleries that might be interested?
All the best to all of you!