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Illuminating the story of pioneering poet/filmmaker who inspired others to break boundaries, explore contradiction & live poetically.
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Stephen Silha

305 backers pledged $23,904 to help bring this project to life.

Subversive joy!

Greetings, dear supporters & pledgers!

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is inadvertently promoting the Big Joy Project in what Big Joy executive producer Jok Church calls the “Keep Dreams” operation. 

For several months, Church and many volunteers have been keeping up the Big Joy Project’s commitment to spreading joy and inspiration by posting signs on San Francisco (and other city) buses. You know where you usually look up and see advertisements while riding the bus? Well now, if you’re lucky (especially in San Fran) you may look up and see statements like, “Riding with despair prohibited: Keep dreams,” or “Never look for a lover, be one” and other fun and uplifting James Broughton messages. Each statement is illustrated by stick people (as seen in the image below). 

 So far over 400 have been posted, and another 200 are in the works. The first volunteer team wore “official” badges and held clipboards as they slid their bus cards into place. According to Church, one of the best parts was when not only the passengers but also the drivers asked to have copies for themselves. Church was even asked on a date while placing cards! The operation also got a mention in San Francisco Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik’s column. 

 If you are interested in promoting art and joy in your town by posting one of these on your bus route (or in your bedroom), we’ve got 100 of these to give away to Kickstarter supporters. Send us an email with your name and snail mail address to .   (You can also snail it to us at P.O. Box 2003, Vashon, WA 98070)

If you are one of the first 100 to request a bus card we’ll get one in the mail to you so you can spread the joy, too. And please don’t forget to let your friends now about this campaign. That’s how Kickstarter works – it’s a social networking miracle, as well as a fundraising help. Spread the joy with your friends.

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