This October, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act's passage, a Conference is being held in Albuquerque, NM, drawing wilderness enthusiasts from across the country.
With your support, I will take my one-man play Aldo Leopold - A Standard of Change to the historic KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque during that conference to further spread the legacy and important message of Leopold.
Along with being the visionary behind the Gila, our first designated wilderness, Leopold also authored the landmark essay The Land Ethic. In that essay, he called for a relationship with plants, animals, soil, air, and water, or collectively, the land, that is based on Love, Respect, and Admiration.
The conference will be attended by wilderness enthusiasts from around the country, not all of whom are familiar with Leopold's landmark writings or A Standard of Change. Bringing the play to that event will both bring awareness of Leopold's writing and open doors for taking the play to other venues around the country.
Conference organizers have agreed to put A Standard of Change on the conference schedule, and The Aldo Leopold Foundation has sponsored the performance, effectively cutting the cost of theater rental in half, but that still leaves me with a sizable bill.
$2000 will cover my half of the theater rental and insurance (as well as this campaign). If we top that, I will use additional funds to cover the rest of my associated costs (travel, lodging, etc.). Should we raise even more than that, I will establish a fund to help people who have already expressed interest in the play, but have no funding.
Aldo Leopold wrote that “Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.” With your support, we will use art to lead more people to a connection and a love for nature, beginning in Albuquerque, NM this October 16th!
Risks and challenges
There are few risks and challenges, as I have already secured partners in the Leopold Foundation, and the Wilderness Conference. Should for some reason, the conference back out, the theater becomes unavailable, or I become physically unable to follow through, I will find another venue or time for producing the play, or transfer all monies raised to a fund for bringing the play to people who cannot afford it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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