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This is what happens when you invite cultural workers, artists and dreamers to transform a neighborhood for one month.

We really need your social and financial support for this one guys...

What happens when you invite cultural workers, community developers,  entrepreneurs, artists, designers, foodies, public space hackers, urban planners, cultural geographers, and dreamers to swarm a neighborhood and transform it for one month? Version 12: Bridgeport: The Community of the Future.

This May 2012, we're inviting you to come visit us in Bridgeport, a Chicago neighborhood, and join in on our month-long urban experiment. During the Eleventh Annual Version Festival, we will be opening and remixing twelve temporary spaces, businesses, enterprises and projects, all to celebrate the neighborhood we love and call home. And then we're going to use these places as home bases, networks, and maps, all to energize our local environs for long-term change - but we need your help to make it happen.

Right now our plans include opening up the following: a bookstore, a music/performance space in a church, a home brewing clubhouse, a department store/gallery showcasing locally manufactured small batch and artisanal products, nomadic collaborative restaurants and community kitchens, parking lot flea markets, a neighborhood tourism bureau, a donut shop /art gallery and couple of exhibition spaces for artists and designers. A new holiday, Bridgeport Day, will be celebrated, and a bunch of new publications and projects will be launched as well.

One thing we are super excited about is the Small Manufacturing Alliance (SMALL), a new organization that promotes companies and individuals who make locally manufactured products.  The organization will open the SMALL Showroom at our gallery the Co-Prosperity Sphere, and publish the SMALL Directory. 

This year, we're also launching a new publication: Mash Tun: A Craft Beer JournalMash Tun is a paean to craft beer. It follows the pleasures and aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society.  It will come out during Chicago Craft Beer Week ( May 17-27),  with its own mini festival during Version, the Mash Tun Fest.

All the funds we raise will be used to rent spaces, pay our licensing and permit fees, rent equipment and produce marketing materials to promote the festival.

Thanks for your support! We'll see you soon in Bridgeport, the Community of the Future.

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    A print copy of SMALL directory, our guide to products and things made by local designers, artisans, and manufacturers, debuting at Version – and a personal "thank you" on the festival website.

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    A print copy of Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal, our newest publication – plus everything above this reward level.

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    A Bridgeport: Community of the Future poster – plus everything above this reward level.

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    The first 5 backers of this reward will receive 10 colorful, hand-written Oblique Strategy postcards from Proximity founding editor Mairead Case, sent to you (or a pal) in the mail during the month of May – great for getting going on your own projects.

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    A print copy of Issue 009 of Proximity Magazine. The theme of this just released issue is Grassroots Planning and Placemaking Projects. – plus everything above this reward level.

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    A special, Kickstarter-funder only t-shirt designed by Cody Hudson – plus all the rewards listed above.

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    Your name, displayed as BENEFACTOR, on one of the brand-new spaces opening during the festival – plus all the rewards listed above.

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    2 passes to the Mash Tun Festival – a craft beer and food extravaganza taking place May 19, 2012, at Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar t-shirt and pint glass – plus all the rewards listed above.

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    One Version Festival VIP Pass, granting you complementary VIP entry to every Version music/performance program and special surprise events – plus all the rewards listed above.

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    Paul Durica, sole proprietor of Pocket Guide to Hell, will guide you and up to twenty-five people on a personalized walking tour. Choose from Leopold and Loeb, Bridgeport, Haymarket, or Hobohemia! –– plus all the rewards listed above.

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    A one-year subscription to everything we publish: 2 issues of Proximity, 3 issues of Lumpen, 2 issues of Mash Tun, 1 issue of Materièl, 3 issues of Bridgeport International, any one-off publication we do within the year –– plus all the unlimited rewards listed above.

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    You will be photographed by Aaron Gent, and that photo will be printed as a full-page color ad in Lumpen magazine, with the caption “A friend of Lumpen” – plus all the rewards listed above.

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    A personal tour of Bridgeport led by Ed Marszewski, giving you a birds-eye (as well as a strategic) view of what’s happening in our neighborhood. Includes dinner at Pleasant House and imbibing at Maria’s – plus all the rewards listed above.

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    A cocktail named after you for one year at Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar – plus all the rewards listed above.

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