Dear potential fort building friends,
You might be wondering...
WHAT IS THIS PROJECT?
We’re hitting the road to build forts and
community with strangers. We're traveling through the United States,
Canada, and Mexico during the months of June, July, and August of 2011.
While on the road we have a few specific focuses. One of our focuses is to build forts.
fort is a creative space that brings people together to ask questions, act on
them, empower, and be empowered. It's a safe space. It’s a space to
freely use your imagination and be yourself. Somewhere you can start a
conversation that will grow you, and your community into something
exceptional. We want to be inspired to live brilliantly, profoundly, and
generously by building forts with others.
Another focus is partnering with different organizations and
institutions. From art councils, education departments, urban gardens,
refugee committees, youth programs, community projects to national parks.
We’ll be engaging with them via fort building, but also participating in the incredible things they’re already
these partnerships, we want the time on the road to shape us. We want the
people we meet and the landscapes we see to greatly impact who we are, what we
make next, and the community we are about to encounter. We want to teach
and be taught here. We want to become better listeners. We want to
find and share in unexpected adventures with others. We want you to experience
these adventures with us as we curiously explore the United States,
Mexico, and Canada.
THIS IS OUR
INVITATION TO YOU,
WHEREVER YOU ARE...
invite you to build a fort and send us a picture of it.
invite you to ask a question and send it to us.
invite you to give and volunteer your time with others and tell us about it.
invite you to donate towards the creation of the project.
WHY FORTS, QUESTIONS, AND VOLUNTEERING?
a fort creates an environment to ask questions of yourself and others. We
hope you ask questions of how you and your community can be made better.
Once you've asked, then you can act. We hope you take action by
giving your time/ volunteering in something that makes you thrive. This process of building forts to
build community has impacted our lives dramatically. We want to offer what we've learned and learn from you as
HOW WILL THIS
part is wonderful. The only way the project grows is if people like YOU,
spend intentional time creating something. The project grows by you
asking questions, taking action, and empowering others. This bigger story
grows by you acting brilliantly, profoundly, and generously to curiously create
something with those around you. We would be honored if you would help us spread this project.
WHERE DOES THE
donations go towards two budgets for this project. The first budget
goes towards a long list of functional items which are necessities for the road trip, as well as items needed to keep participants fully up to date with the progress of the project. We have budgeted our funding so that we will be living as simply as possible. In preparation for this trip we recognize there is no way around the high costs of some of the tools required to make this project possible. A few items on this list include, a vehicle, gas for an entire summer's worth of driving, the technology and photo/video equipment needed to document and tell the story, etc. This money will also go towards the materials needed to create the
sculptures, installations, illustrations, and other art we’ll be making
throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. But the second budget is
set-aside for another purpose. The goal of this budget is to be a gift to
other people we encounter on the road. Here’s a few examples... art supplies
for education departments, groceries to make and share a meal with
strangers we meet, new soil for urban gardens we volunteer with, etc.
In partnering with art education programs, there often comes the need on the behalf of the education department to offer an artist's payment to cover the costs of the partnership. We want to do this differently. If we are going to dream up such a huge project, we want to dream up our partnerships how we would ideally want to do them. We are dreaming of a project where we can show up for a partnership as a group of artists and not accept a payment. That way the education departments can save their money to do more good elsewhere. In order to do this we need to raise a significant amount of money on the front end of the project. Your donation will be going towards our ability to interact and partner with these education programs.
donation fuels an artistic process, the growth of communities and
individuals, as well as the gas to get us there. We see our fundraising
growth as something beautiful and relational as well.
PURPOSE OF THE INCENTIVES
single person backing the project has a voice and hand in shaping and creating
of the trip because of the zine (see FAQ for zine definition). They're interactive. In Each zine there will be questions to you of how we can collectively make the project better. Your
voice will be heard and we want you to influence and impact our trip,
even if you're only giving a dollar. We're extremely excited about this
element of the project.
IS THERE A
WEBSITE FOR THIS PROJECT?
fortsandtheinbetween.com The website will follow our time on the
road building forts, asking questions, and volunteering. It will show all
our wanderings and explorations with the "inbetween". You'll be
able to see daily updates from the road, and use the site as a resource to grow
your own community. The site will be the home to the forts,
questions, and stories of volunteering you send us. You will be able to
read and respond to the questions asked, and stories of volunteering. You can get advice from others on the
questions you ask. A highlight of the website is an interactive
global map that will show the forts sent to us from all over the world and the
people who built them. The map will also show the forts we make, as well
as our route on the road. The website is one of our biggest tools to share and
create this bigger story together.
WEBSITES FOR THE PROJECT:
Facebook: forts and the inbetween
Twitter: forts inbetween
MUSIC VIDEOS/ CONCERTS OF ART DIRECTION/ SET DESIGN:
EXAMPLES OF SOME ORIGINAL ARTWORK FROM WES BRUCE AS PART OF YOUR INCENTIVE
DO I HAVE TO FINANCIALLY CONTRIBUTE TO BE A PART OF THIS PROJECT? No, we openly invite anyone to participate in the project. Please visit our website to find out how. fortsandtheinbetween.com
WHAT IS A FORT? A
fort is a created environment/ structure for self reflection or engagement with
others. It has the power to bring people
together. It’s a creative safe space to ask questions, act on them, and
empower. A fort will look different for
everyone. Your fort can be made out of whatever materials
you choose. Old fence wood, sheets from thrift stores, sticks from
the canyon, bringing a book and a flashlight in a closet, hanging styrofoam
planets in your dorm room, Putting up a pennant flag in your office,
whatever. We suggest you use
materials you can get for free or re-use. Your fort can be as
simple or complex as you wish. Seriously, anything you want.
Use items and materials that are personal and important
to you. We’re excited to see everyone’s interpretations!
WHAT'S A ZINE? A zine
is essentially a homemade or handmade book. We will send you a digital copy
of the zine and a link to a video we post online showing how to assemble it.
In it there will be questions and thoughts of how you and your community
can grow to be better, illustrations, maps, and questions for you to respond
to, to help us to make the project better. We're hoping you print and make a
zine to keep for yourself, and then fill one out for us so your answers can
help shape our trip. You will print a tangible version of the zine, fill it out, and send it to us in the mail. We will give you our mailing address. We are looking forward to collecting a huge zine library made by project participants.
on zines: the 3 zines are created as a series. Each of the three is different. They build off one another
and the ideas are best illuminated over the course of the series.
WHAT QUESTION SHOULD I ASK? Ask questions about things you care about. How do I become a
better sister? What does it take to be a better listener? Why is
there injustice in the world? What
is my biggest challenge today? Once you've asked you can investigate and learn.
People will be able to comment and give advice on your question on our
website as another way of you being able to grow and learn. We want this whole thing to be a conversation.
WHERE SHOULD I GIVE MY TIME OR VOLUNTEER? It can be something like tutoring kids
after school, or a hiking trail clean up. But giving your time can also
be treating an old friend to coffee, or simply asking a question to a stranger
you meet at the grocery store. We want you to apply yourself and live
passionately with those around you.
We want you to thrive while you do this. Everyone's gift of time
will be unique.
WHERE EXACTLY ARE YOU GOING ON YOUR ROAD TRIP? We will have specific locations locked down which
we will announce later, but we're open to suggestions and potential partners.
WHAT COMES IN THE FORT STARTER KIT? The Fort Starter Kit has some essential materials to
kick off your fort building. Some of our favorite fabrics, a strand of
the hand printed pennant flags, fort treasures, additional questions, a
download code for "A Film About a Fort" to watch in your fort, recipe
for fort food, suggested fort playlist, plus a few other
WHAT COMES IN THE MYSTERY PACKAGE? The contents will be things we find, make, or are given from
our time on the road. There will be a number of different mystery treasures
in each one, and each package's content will be different. Anything from
a gold tooth found in Boston, a vhs copy of Home Alone from Boise, a journal
page from Ash, who knows? Let your imagination and curiosity run wild...
WHO IS "A NEW NORMAL"? See the links section for a music video. Electronic, story based music project featuring our great friend Justin Wright. Check out bandcamp.com for more music. It's great fort music.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DONT RAISE YOUR FUNDING GOAL? Then the project receives no funding. All charges
are voided and no transaction occurs.
shipping cost of $5 U.S. and $8 international is added to the $50 and $100
incentive in an attempt to help with the enormous shipping costs that will cut
into our funding. The more money we have to spend on boring shipping, the
less money we have to make art with kids. We're deeply grateful for
your backing of the $50 or $100 incentive. We hope you see where we're coming from.
you back the $2,000 dollar incentive and want us to build a fort at your house,
you have to live in the United States, Southern Canada, or Northern Mexico.
Unless you want to pay for our airfare, then we'll go to your house.
We'll be on the next flight to Siberia.
Please send us any thoughts or further questions... email@example.com
We would like to thank everyone who has generously contributed to the creation of the project thus far. Every friend who helped with the filming of the video, building of the ideas, or putting the project into action. Special thanks to Jared Callahan, Bryan Bangerter, Jamie Netherland, Ben Weiland, Madison Dyer, and Justin Wright. Thanks to Meg & Bryan/ The Whole Shebang for all the music in the video.
for reading. We know that was a lot. We hope you're inspired to participate this bigger story. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with anything you'd like to say or ask. Be well friends,
Emi, Max, Ash, & Wes