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Simsbury Chamber of Commerce is bringing the sculpture works of Seward Johnson to Simsbury for a Public Art Trail, May 15-Sep. 15, 2018
10 backers pledged $1,775 to help bring this project to life.

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LET ME ASK YOU TO CLEAR YOUR MIND FOR A MOMENT. CLOSE YOUR EYES IF YOU NEED TO, OR JUST GET A LITTLE LOOSE. I’D LIKE YOU TO THINK ABOUT AND REMEMBER SOME OF THE SIMPLE PLEASURES LIFE HOLDS… THE FEEL OF YOUR BARE FEET IN WARM GRASS… EATING LUNCH OR READING IN THE PARK ON A BEAUTIFUL AFTERNOON… HAPPENING UPON A TALENTED MUSICIAN PERFORMING A SIDEWALK CONCERT… OR THE FEEL OF THE WARM EARTH IN YOUR HANDS AS YOU PLANT YOUR SUMMER GARDEN. THESE ARE THE SIMPLE PLEASURES AND MEMORIES THAT ARE INVOKED IN SEWARD JOHNSON’S COLLECTION, “CELEBRATING THE FAMILIAR”. HIS WORKS MIRROR OUR EVERYDAY TASKS AND ACTIVITIES AND REMIND US TO ENJOY LIFE’S LITTLE THINGS. NOW, LET ME ASK YOU TO IMAGINE THIS… IT’S LATE SPRING 2018… IT’S ONE OF THOSE INCREDIBLE DAYS WHEN THE SKY COULDN’T BE ANY BLUER AND THE AIR COULDN’T SMELL ANY SWEETER… YOU THINK, WHAT A SHAME TO WASTE THIS PERFECT DAY DOING INDOOR CHORES – I HAVE TO GET OUTSIDE! SO, YOU GRAB YOUR LOVE, OR YOUR CHILDREN, OR YOUR BEST FRIEND, YOU HOP ON YOUR BIKES, YOU RIDE THE SHORT DISTANCE INTO SIMSBURY, AND YOU PICK UP A BROCHURE WITH A MAP SIMILAR TO THIS ONE, AND YOU START OUT ON THIS PUBLIC ART TRAIL, PAUSING ALONG THE WAY FOR AN ICE CREAM CONE, A LIGHT LUNCH, OR SOME SHOPPING, STOPPING TO SEE, TOUCH, AND TAKE PICTURES OF EACH OF THESE EXQUISITE PIECES ALONG THE WAY, AND ENDING WITH A BEVERAGE AND CASUAL DINNER AT YOUR FAVORITE SIMSBURY RESTAURANT. AND IT’S NOT JUST YOU... YOU SEE LOTS OF OTHER PEOPLE OUT THERE… YOUR CLOSE FRIEND YOU’VE BEEN MEANING TO HAVE LUNCH WITH, BUT JUST HAVEN’T HAD THE TIME, YOUR COWORKER WITH WHOM YOU GRAB A BEER AFTER WORK FROM TIME TO TIME, YOUR NEIGHBOR WHOSE RAKE YOU BORROWED LAST FALL AND STILL HAVEN’T RETURNED, OR THAT STRANGER WHOSE NEW CAMERA YOU’RE ADMIRING. THEY’RE ALL OUT THERE DOING THE SAME THING… ENJOYING THE BEAUTIFUL DAY, SPENDING TIME WITH THEIR LOVED ONES, AND FREQUENTING OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES! SO, HOW ARE WE GOING TO MAKE THIS ALL HAPPEN? WE MAY BE A SMALL ORGANIZATION, BUT WE HAVE A VAST AMOUNT OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE, AND A WIDE NETWORK OF CONTACTS.

1. PUBLICITY – MANY OF YOU SAW THE ARTICLE IN THE HARTFORD COURANT. WE HAVE A LIST OF DOZENS, POSSIBLY HUNDREDS, OF MEDIA CONTACTS ACROSS THE STATE. AN ORGANIZATION IN ALEXANDRIA, VA, EVEN CALLED BECAUSE THEY HAD SEEN THE HARTFORD COURANT PIECE AND WANT TO DO A BLOG POST ON IT. THIS IS A UNIQUE PROJECT. MEDIA LOVE THAT.

2. MARKETING – EVERYTHING FROM ANNOUNCEMENTS AT OUR EVENTS AND SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING TO PRINT ADVERTISING AND ARTICLES TO RADIO ANNOUNCEMENTS AND TELEVISION APPEARANCES. WE’LL EVEN HAVE SELF-GUIDED TOUR BROCHURES AT ALL THE HIGHWAY VISITORS CENTERS AS YOU ENTER THE STATE. YOU NAME IT, WE’RE GOING TO BE THERE.

3. ONCE THE PIECES ARRIVE, WE WILL HOST A RIBBON CUTTING/CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST, WHICH IS A GREAT MEDIA OPPORTUNITY.

SELF-GUIDED TOUR BROCHURES AND MAPS WILL BE AT EVERY STATUE, AND THEY WILL INCLUDE THE NAMES OF EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OF $150 OR MORE.

WE’LL HAVE A SUMMER GARDEN PARTY AND THEN A CLOSING CEREMONY.

4. MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE NEED YOU. PLEASE TALK ABOUT THIS PROJECT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW, AND OFTEN. IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS OR RELATIVES OUT OF TOWN, PLAN A VISIT FOR THEM WHEN YOU KNOW THE STATUES WILL BE DISPLAYED. IF YOU BELONG TO AN ART SOCIETY OR APPRECIATION GROUP, HELP US SET UP A BUS TRIP SO THE GROUP CAN COME OUT AND SEE THE EXHIBIT.

AND, OF COURSE, WE NEED FINANCIAL SUPPORT.  A PROJECT OF THIS MAGNITUDE CANNOT BE DONE ON A DIME. SOME OF THESE PIECES ARE VALUED AT $150,000, SO THERE’S THE RENTAL FEE, THERE ARE MARKETING EXPENSES, THERE ARE EVENT EXPENSES, ETC. OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE $80,000 TO COVER OUR EXPENSES. AS OF DECEMBER 21, 2017, WE ARE ABOUT HALF WAY TO OUR GOAL.

MANY SPONSORSHIP LEVELS AND OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE, SO, IF YOU'RE THINKING OF SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN WHAT'S HERE ON THIS PAGE, JUST EMAIL US AT INFO@SIMSBURYCOC.ORG AND WE'D BE HAPPY TO SEND YOU COMPLETE INFORMATION.  YOU CAN ALSO CALL US AT (860) 651-7307.

MANY PEOPLE HAVE ASKED, “HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SPONSOR A STATUE?” THE MINIMUM COST TO SPONSOR A STATUE OR HAVE A STATUE PLACED IN FRONT OF YOUR BUSINESS IS $1,250. THAT’S NOT A LOT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE POTENTIAL TRAFFIC THIS CAN BRING TO YOUR BUSINESS OVER THE COURSE OF FOUR MONTHS. IF IT IS A BIT OF A HARDSHIP, MAYBE YOU CAN SPLIT THE COST WITH YOUR NEIGHBORING BUSINESS. WE CAN ALSO DISCUSS A PAYMENT PLAN.

THE SIMSBURY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS A 501C(6) NOT-FOR-PROFIT, NOT A 501C(3), SO YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS NOT TAX-DEDUCTIBLE AS A CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION, BUT SHOULD BE DEDUCTIBLE AS A BUSINESS EXPENSE. YOU SHOULD CHECK WITH YOUR CPA.

Risks and challenges

The exhibit will take place regardless of how much money we raise, but the amount of money we are able to raise will determine the NUMBER of sculpture works we can bring to Simsbury. Our goal is to have 20 to 25 pieces on display, but if we don't reach our fundraising goal, it may only be 15 to 20.

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