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The Obie Award Winning Secret City is a monthly salon/ceremony/show that provides beauty, 
wonder, joy and sanctuary to artists and creative people.
The Obie Award Winning Secret City is a monthly salon/ceremony/show that provides beauty, wonder, joy and sanctuary to artists and creative people.
135 backers pledged $17,410 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello! Thanks for visiting BUILDING THE SECRET CITY. The Secret City is an Obie Award Winning arts organization dedicated to serving the human, social and spiritual needs of artists and creative people in New York City. Our main program is our monthly service, which takes place the last Sunday of every month. Our services are joyful, irreverent and radical gatherings featuring a roster of amazing artists from our community and beyond -- we cater to visual artists, performers, writers, dancers and creative people from all walks of life. We've been in operation for 2 1/2 years; our mission is thriving and our community is growing. This summer represents a crucial point in our development. Since October 2007, we've operated with very little organizational infrastructure or financial support. Our kickstarter campaign is designed to enable us to make the important transition from scrappy, grass roots underdog to well funded and structured organization able to continue serving our growing community. This is where you come in. We're asking you to be part of this community by supporting our growth. Here are some of the things your money will enable us to do: we really need a new space to accommodate our expanding community, this kickstarter money will allow us to pay a larger monthly rent. We are creating a new website so that people can find us on the web, and so that we can begin putting part of our services online for everyone to take part. We're also going to start paying one full time employee to ensure that our monthly services continue. Also in the works are the building of a board, applying for non-profit status and hiring two interns. So you see, your contribution will directly support The Secret City during this critical transitional period, ensuring the creation of an organization that serves the beautiful, diverse and much-needed community of artists and creative people living and working in New York City. Check out our blog for some pics, and to get a feel of our community and events: www.thesecretcity.typepad.com. Welcome to The Secret City, and if you're in New York City on August 1st, please join us at our final service of the season. Thank You!!

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    Eternal love and gratitude, program thanks and a personalized "Thank You" letter from The Secret City.

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    All of the above, plus a phone call with a song left on your voicemail.

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    All of the above, plus a handmade Secret City collage made by Secret City member, writer and collagist Bridget Carpenter.

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    All of the above plus a cd of one of the monthly art sermons by Secret City founder Chris Wells.

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    All of the above plus a Secret City T shirt designed exclusively for The Secret City by New York City T shirt artist Tom Hart.

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    All of the above plus a limited edition, high quality monoprint by Secret City member, painter Isa Catto Shaw. (Reward limited to 6.)

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    Two reserved seats at our monthly services for one year.

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    Dinner for two at The Harrison in Tribeca prepared by Secret City member, Executive Chef Amanda Freitag. (Reward limited to 2.)

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    Dinner for two at the Norwood Club, a private arts club in Manhattan. (Reward limited to 2, restrictions apply.)

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    Original commissioned portrait or painting by Secret City board member, artist Robert Lucy.

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    A private performance by Secret City board member, Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash. (Reward limited to 1, restrictions apply.)

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