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Fused Muse Ensemble’s fall 2016 performance series, focusing on homelessness in Chicago and amplifying voices too often left unheard
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EDGE OF SHELTER

Fused Muse Ensemble's 2015-16 focus has been homelessness in Chicago, and we have been working with various freelance artists, activists, and homelessness-related nonprofit organizations (listed below). Each artistic collaboration involves individuals who have previously experienced or are currently experiencing homelessness and seeks to shed light on different aspects of homelessness.

The resulting music and mixed media pieces will be debuted in our culminating fall shows, EDGE OF SHELTER, at 7:30pm this November 18 & 19 at the beautiful Buchanan Chapel in downtown Chicago. 

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

This campaign is to help cover Edge of Shelter performance costs. While all FME artists volunteer their time and talents, we still have many expenses to meet, such as audio/visual equipment rental, sound and lighting technicians, printing costs, meals for artists at rehearsals, collaborating artist stipends towards transportation, and grant writing fees... Any donation towards our work is greatly appreciated as we are in independent volunteer-based organization, and we cannot do what we do without you!

Here is a breakdown of our projected Edge of Shelter performance expenses:

Audio/Visual equipment rental                                               $600

Sound and lighting technicians                                             $1300

Print materials (posters, postcards, etc...)                             $460

Meals for artists at rehearsals                                                $450

Collaborating artist stipends towards transportation             $240

TOTAL                                                                                 = $3,050

As a way of saying thank you to our kickstarter campaign donors, we will be hosting a preview performance at 7pm on October 21 at Nichols Hall in Evanston (complimentary VIP tickets for our Kickstarter donors). This performance is made possible by funds generously granted by the Evanston Arts Council. For this performance, in addition to some sneak previews of our November show material, we will showcase a meet and greet with our collaborators, providing an in-depth look into the rationale and process behind each collaboration... all while sipping a glass of wine (or two).

2016 ARTISTIC COLLABORATIONS

  • The Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) ~Directed by Bonsai Bermudez, YEPP’s mission is to create a safe environment for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles, and to celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance piece. Individual YEPP artists and FME musicians come together to create short pieces which reflect on various aspects of homelessness, and that integrate some combination of music, theater, and dance. FME musicians: Kate Carter (Violin), Matt Gold (Double Bass), Jean Hatmaker (Cello), Jason Matsumoto (Taiko Drums), Isabelle Rozendaal (Violin). YEPP artists: Saryah Davenport, Ka'Riel Gaiter, Atlantis Island, Apollo King, Zanariah (Zizi) Phillips, Brooklyn Priestly, Malia Santiago, Davonte Williams
  • Song setting of a poem by Chael Wells (former street youth): Composed by Iddo Aharony with input from the YEPP artists, this song will be performed by YEPP artists and FME musicians.
  • Chicago Lights Urban Farm ~Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to Chicago’s children, youth, and adults who face the challenges of poverty. The Urban Farm, one of Chicago Light’s programs, is dedicated to cultivating a thoughtful and engaged community of youth and adults through educational and economic opportunities, hands-on learning experiences, and access to fresh, local, and sustainably grown produce. This August, Fused Muse Ensemble members gave a series of art and music workshops at the Urban Farm. Some of the resulting artwork will be showcased at our Edge of Shelter shows. 
  • Kevin B. Lee and Steven Boone Video Essay ~Film Director Kevin B. Lee (“King of the Video Essay”, New York Times) and Writer Steven Boone join together to explore Steven’s experience sleeping in bank lobbies for a winter in Chicago, through the eyes of the camera lens. Sound design for the video is directed by Iddo Aharony. The soundtrack for the video will be performed live by Matt Gold (double bass) and Iddo Aharony (electronics).
  • Music Video Tribute to Amanda Asque ~Substance Abuse Counselor and Advocate for Women enduring similar hardships, Amanda has received many prizes of recognition for her leadership and teaching. Amanda is an inspiring example of someone who has completely turned her life around --from being a victim of substance abuse, housing instability and many other traumas, she has become a substance abuse counselor and advocate for women enduring similar hardships. Created by Sophie Webber and B Rich, this piece is a tribute to her story and incorporates Amanda’s own speaking, singing, breathing, along with electronics with pre-recorded and live cello. 

Thank you for supporting FME's work!

Risks and challenges

Fused Muse Ensemble's team of volunteers and collaborators will continue to do their best to resolve the production, coordination, technical, and creative issues and challenges involved in the ambitious task of bringing this project to light.

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    Fused Muse PHILOSOPHER

    ~An Edge of Shelter Postcard with a personalized thank you note

    ~A "What is Home?" magnet (created by the children of the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, during Fused Muse's August music and arts workshops)

    ~A complimentary VIP ticket to our October 21 preview show at Nichols Hall, Evanston (your name will be on a VIP list at the door)*

    *If your donation is made after the October 21st performance, we will substitute this for a ticket to one of the November shows.

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    Fused Muse SINGER

    ~An Edge of Shelter Postcard with a personalized thank you note

    ~A "What is Home?" magnet (created by the children of the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, during Fused Muse's August music and arts workshops)

    ~Two VIP complimentary tickets to our October 21 preview show at Nichols Hall, Evanston (you will be on our VIP guest list at the event)

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    Fused Muse ARTIST

    ~An Edge of Shelter Postcard with a personalized thank you note

    ~A "What is Home?" magnet (created by the children of the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, during Fused Muse's August music and arts workshops)

    ~Two VIP complimentary tickets to our October 21 preview show at Nichols Hall, Evanston (you will be on our VIP guest list at the event)*

    ~Two complimentary tickets to our Edge of Shelter Performances on either November 18 or 19

    *If your donation is made after the October 21st performance, you will receive four tickets total to the November shows.

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    Fused Muse LOVER

    ~An Edge of Shelter Postcard with a personalized thank you note

    ~A "What is Home?" magnet (created by the children of the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, during Fused Muse's August music and arts workshops)

    ~Two VIP complimentary tickets to our October 21 preview show at Nichols Hall, Evanston*

    ~Two VIP complimentary tickets to our Edge of Shelter Performances on either November 18 or 19 (you will be on our VIP guest list at the event)

    ~A sponsorship listing under "Silver 2016 individual sponsors" on our Edge of Shelter program and on our website

    ~An Edge of Shelter Poster signed by and with a personal note from the FME directors

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    Fused Muse STAR

    ~An Edge of Shelter Postcard with a personalized thank you note

    ~A "What is Home?" magnet (created by the children of the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, during Fused Muse's August music and arts workshops)

    ~Two VIP complimentary tickets to our October 21 preview show at Nichols Hall, Evanston (you will be on our VIP guest list at the event)*

    ~Two VIP complimentary tickets to our Edge of Shelter Performances on either November 18 or 19

    ~A sponsorship listing under "Gold 2016 individual sponsors" on our Edge of Shelter program and on our website

    ~A video of an Edge of Shelter performance

    ~A framed Edge of Shelter Poster signed by and with a personal note from the FME directors

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    Fused Muse ROCKET

    ~An Edge of Shelter Postcard with a personalized thank you note

    ~A "What is Home?" magnet (created by the children of the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, during Fused Muse's August music and arts workshops)

    ~Two VIP complimentary tickets to our October 21 preview show at Nichols Hall, Evanston (you will be on our VIP guest list at the event)*

    ~Two VIP complimentary tickets to our Edge of Shelter Performances on either November 18 or 19

    ~A sponsorship listing under "Platinum 2016 individual sponsors" on our Edge of Shelter program and on our website

    ~A video of an Edge of Shelter performance

    ~A framed Edge of Shelter Poster signed by and with a personal note from the FME directors, and all the musicians

    *If your donation is made after the October 21st performance, you will receive four tickets total to the November shows.

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