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Performing Aldo Leopold - A Standard of Change at the Historic KiMo Theatre for the Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque.
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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.

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    An autographed copy of Jim's first Storytelling CD "The Way I Remember It" + WWAD Bumper Sticker

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    An Autographed copy of Jim's Storytelling CD "Tea and Cookies and Other Threatened Species" + WWAD Bumper Sticker

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    A thank you letter written by fountain pen in Jim's hand on a special Aldo Leopold - A Standard of Change card plus a copy of Jim's CD Tea and Cookies & Other Threatened Species.

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    Two Tickets to A Standard of Change at the KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque, NM on October 16, 2014 + Both CDs and two WWAD Bumper Stickers

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    A Storytelling House Concert. Date and Location must be either within 100 miles of Rising Fawn, GA, or in conjunction with Jim's scheduled travel in 2015, or travel must be covered by donor.

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    A full day Storytelling workshop for up to 10 people. Travel, if more than 100 miles from Rising Fawn, GA or a stop on Jim's scheduled travel to be covered by donor.

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    A Premier Performance of Jim's new show tentatively titled "Moon over Chestnut Ridge" at a home or venue provided by donor. This will be the first performance before an audience of this new work!

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    A performance of Aldo Leopold - A Standard of Change in a venue provided by donor. Travel expenses, if not within 100 Miles of Rising Fawn, GA, to be covered by donor.

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