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May 1st, 2011: I am walking home. 2000 miles, from Tucson to Grand Rapids, MI. Live-streaming 24/7. Walk with me and share a story.
May 1st, 2011: I am walking home. 2000 miles, from Tucson to Grand Rapids, MI. Live-streaming 24/7. Walk with me and share a story.
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WALKING HOME: stories from the desert to the Great Lakes

This May, I am walking home.

It is 2000 miles from my house in Tucson, Arizona to my mom's house in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I plan to walk the entire distance, inviting people to walk with me and share a story as I make my way across the country. Each night I will stay in someone's home and cook dinner and breakfast for them, in exchange for their hospitality.

The project will be broadcast live 24hrs/day. You can watch it live or check out the edited version in the form of a weekly, online "TV show". There will also be an interactive map, photos of the journey with my storytellers, and a nightly BLOG.

My artwork is about community and connections. I believe that safety comes from trust, community and collaboration. I will use social networking, both online and traditional, to safely cross the country.

In this project, I am offering to listen with an open heart. Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone's story is important.

Please join me on this journey. Walking Home website

Walking:ROUTE

2000 miles: Tucson to Grand Rapids. I'll be walking through Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Come join me for a stretch of road. I plan to walk 15 miles a day for 140 days, but you can join me for 5 minutes or 5 days. Check out the map on my webpage: Walking Home route

Walking:EQUIPMENT

webcam

external microphone

MacBook Air laptop

wireless internet aircard

solar powered backpack

hypermac battery

I'll be live-streaming through Verizon's broadband network. There will be times when I lose my internet connection, but you can still watch the edited, online "TV Show" which will have the best footage from each week. I should have enough power for 12-15 hours a day before I will have to plug in and recharge.

Walking:FUNDS

I plan to raise enough money to buy the equipment and pay for internet connection. I hope to raise more than my goal so that I can pay my collaborators for their time and effort.

They are a talented group of artists: Enrique Vazquez Woolfolk (web design), Andrew Brown (video), Daniel Buckley (video), Sapphire Cordial - Jamaica Cole (clothing design), Preen - Emilie Marchand (clothing design), Megan Amber Cox (original music), and Danny Martin (poster and sticker design)

Walking:THANK YOU

Thank you for participating online or in person. Thank you to my collaborators. And thank you for donating to this project.

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    DVD set of the Walking Home online "TV Show" + everything above

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    Invitation to artist's dinner for Walking Home launch party in Tucson, AZ or Walking Home wrap-up party during ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI (dinner only, travel not included)
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    Walking Home Adventure Suit in your size, select from 3 designs (designers: Sapphire Cordial, Preen, TBA) + everything above (excluding backpack)

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    Original Walking Home Adventure Suit, worn by the artist while crossing the country, personalized and signed by Laura (designers: Sapphire Cordial, Preen, and TBA) + everything above (excluding backpack)

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