I-MICE 7 - Story & Art That Builds Moral Character
I-MICE 7 - Story & Art That Builds Moral Character
We're creating original art as a visual tool to grow moral character and to show that moral integrity is not an antiquated concept.
We're creating original art as a visual tool to grow moral character and to show that moral integrity is not an antiquated concept. Read more
I-MICE 7 uses original art and literature as tools to make good character and moral principle culturally relevant and culturally understood. I-MICE 7 involves the creation of 7 new books and 105 new pieces of art that are stimulating, provoking and geared to build good character. The youth will be intimately involved in this creative process.
Good Day to All of You,
We are TripGear Character Navigation. We work with a broad spectrum of learners teaching and encouraging them to be of good moral and principle, and we do it through original art & literature. We're not satisfied with our kids being intelligent and JERKS! We want our students to makes those “A’s” while also at the same time understanding that those A’s won’t give them hugs at the end of a lonely night.
What about those “C” students? We believe that if it comes to the choice of either being an A student or an upstanding person of character, well, good character wins the day. Without good character, a smart and sophisticated man or woman (in the traditional sense) is a smart and sophisticated criminal.
This is why we're asking you to partner with us in this spectacular exhibit of both art and literature that we call I-MICE 7. Help us help others become emotionally and morally intelligent.
What is I-MICE?
I-MICE (Image, Metaphoric, Inspirational, Character, Encourager.)
In short, I-MICE is the name given to all the art we create. Every piece has the express purpose of imparting some lesson or commentary about society, people, violence and a host of other topics. These symbolic illustrations (I-M.I.C.E.) are geared to evoke a visceral response from the viewer. This all-original art contains subject matter that is both culturally familiar and thought provoking, pushing viewers to contemplate just how they relate to the scene while exercising their mind to find the deeper meaning in the art. It provides learners an opportunity to reassess their own character flaws and build the character traits needed to resist negative influences. I-MICE themes include: community, domestic abuse, anger, bullying, education, relationships, gang indoctrination, drugs and more.
About the ‘7’ in the name, I-MICE 7:
The ‘seven’ refers to the seven new illustrated books we are assembling during the course of this project. The stories are already written. It is now a matter of editing and publishing them in physical and digital formats; this is the portion we need your help in.
Every book we create is illustrated (with I-MICE) and teaches a lesson in building moral character and resisting the forces that seek to keep us in bondage. The 105 I-MICE pieces created through this KickStarter will be divided across these 7 new books as story illustrations.
The literature and the Art both work off each other. We find that even learners that abhor reading are drawn into the literature by the I-MICE art. The art poses a question, “What does this mean?” The literature provides a more concise answer. The art compels students to read for that answer!
Students as Creators!
Though TripGear will bring I-MICE to life, our students will be the concept creators, establishing the concepts for 50% of the art. Now, not only will students derive value from observing I-MICE art, but they will place a more personal stake into the art as they create concepts for other people to be enriched by. It makes a difference when the learner creates something. It is magic to see the look on their faces when their imagination comes to life as a physical product. There’s a sense of pride they gain. They’ve become more than consumers that take. Now, they give. With I-MICE 7, our youth will exercise giving value to the world – quite literally.
The Product – Who’s it For?
The 7 new books and the 105 I-MICE are for everyone. Up until now, we have spoken to the use of these materials with school students, but these product don’t only appeal to the young; it appeals to the full-grown adult as well. It is our experience that I-MICE art causes the same curiosity and awe in adults that it does in young peoples. One of the main end-goals of this KickStarter is to place I-MICE art and stories into more classrooms while making it all available to the open public as well. We’re looking to change lives both inside and outside the classroom. Upon project completion, I-MICE art and literature will be made available for sale online at: http://tripgear.org/index.php/m-store
Why TripGear is Capable of Accomplishing This Task
We’ve done this all before but on a much smaller scale and at a much slower pace. As a small committed staff, over the past 4 years, we’ve created over a 100 pieces of I-MICE Art and have self-published 7 books (Art of the Close, Jack Gun, Night before Xmas, Leo the Lion, Blackenstein, Trip volume I and II). We’ve been implementing I-MICE to great success in learning intuitions for just as long, so this is not an experiment. I-MICE works and compels some of the most distracted of youth to pause and reassess their life choices. Financing has been our chiefest obstacle in making the books and I-MICE Art widely available to students and the public. We already have the stories; they’re complete. We already have the capable people in place to make I-MICE art a reality. We need your support to kick this operation into overdrive. Let’s make life-changing, perception altering art and books available to more people and at an even higher quality and polish than it already possesses.
I-MICE 7 – Over 100 pieces of I-M.I.C.E. art spread across 7 new books.
1) We are assembling 7 new books.
• The stories comprising these books are already written.
• The books need to be edited.
• Books will be formatted as paperbacks and eBooks.
• (scroll down to view the book titles and book synopses)
2) The creation of 105 new I-M.I.C.E. illustrations.
• The 105 I-MICE will be divided evenly across the 7 books (Roughly 15 I-MICE per book) serving as story illustrations.
• The 105 I-MICE also serve as stand-alone images to be used in a variety of ways including exhibitions.
3) Students as Concept Creators.
• Our students will be the Concept Creators, establishing the concepts for 50% of the art.
• Now, not only will students derive value from observing I-MICE, but they will place a more personal stake into the art as they create concepts for other people to be enriched by.
4) Availability to the world.
• All of this effort will make both I-MICE and the 7 new books available to the open public. Our ultimate goal is to positively and powerfully affect people - whether young or adult - inside and outside the learning institution.
7 Books in production:
1. Trip Vol. III (anti-guns, anti-gang, anti-greed, and giving) Compilation of 9 I-MICE poems/stories 64 pages total.15 I-MICE illustrations.
2. Trip Vol. IV (care-crusade-courage-compassion) Compilation of 11 poems/stories. 72 pages. 15 I-MICE.
3. The Chronicles of Jack Gun: Queen ME
(future-potential-healing) A young woman attempts to outsmart the seedy elements of her community. 70
pages. 15 I-MICE.
A. Teacher’s guide 80 pages.
Yes, It Happened Mysteriously,
4th grade inner city kids begin reading at
a 10th grade level.Some
people are thrilled while others are threatened
at the prospect of the social underachievers achieving.
(education and prison systems) 82 pages. 15 I-MICE. Learn more about book.
A. Teacher’s guide 100 pages
The Mess I’m In The skills of
a talented salesmen catches the eye of shady
organization that seeks to put his skills to use behind a church
pulpit. (conflict resolution) 75 pages. 15 I-MICE illustrations. Learn
more about book.
A. Teachers guide 105 pages
6. The Chronicles of Jack Gun (Original) Explores the life of a young man whose dangerous desires threaten to keep him in chains. TripGear's first book will be reassembled with brand new art.
(Self-worth, and hope) 50 pages. 15 I-MICE illustrations. Learn more about book.
A. Teachers guide 60 pages.
The Man without a Beard
(Bullying, self-esteem, and confidence) A
means the difference between inclusion and all-out abuse and
persecution. A girls unravels why.
32 pages. 15 I-MICE illustrations. Learn more about book.
A. Teachers guide 42 pages.
12 - 18 months:
We will begin officially working through the I-MICE 7 project in early-December 2014. Our team will create an average of 9 I-MICE illustrations per month over the course of 12 months. Each book will spend approximately 2 months being edited and formatted into physical and digital books. Along the entire 18 month course, we'll make select pieces of I-MICE art and literature publicly available for sale upon their completion. That way, you can see the project actually progressing.
The first batch of I-MICE and the first book (Trip: Volume 3) is set for release in March 2015. The order of completion for books may change.
Risks and challenges
We'll be on a tense schedule. The unpredictable weather, especially heading into winter months, have the potential of placing a freeze on our scheduled meets with students who operate as our concept creators. Fortunately, we are used to establishing order amid chaotic class scheduling and conditions. Such obstacles will be nothing new to us.
Some stories are written in a poetic format that incorporate common jargon. This makes the editing process not always so straightforward as we seek to make creative use of common jargon while keeping it understandable for a wide audience. This can make the editing process longer but we'll maximize time editing the stories before and during the creation of I-MICE art.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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