Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 10, 2012.
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Help us continue the rich tradition of poetry and performance arts at the legendary Bowery Poetry Club in New York City.

^^ A prime example of the art we promote! Check our video out! ^^

The Bowery Poetry Club (BPC), where Poets are Born and the Poetry is Spoken, needs your assistance in a real way. With your help, our space will morph into a super cafe/restaurant that will provide a beautiful space for spoken word, poetry, slam as well as other arts of the Bowery: burlesque, vaudeville, and music. This is a unique concept for those who love a great show, great food and a great price. Combining our already incredible lineup of entertainment and arts for the community with a special dinning experience that would include a bar, cafe/restaurant and a remodeled performance space, we'll be aiming to become a central hub for poets, musicians, actors, as well as lovers and supporters of the arts in New York City. Your contributions will go directly to renovations of the Bowery Poetry Club that will optimize the current performance, bar, and cafe space into a streamlined arts center that will generate revenue for the continuance of this legendary arts community.

Our regularly scheduled programs includes: Urbana Poetry Slam (a three time National Poetry Slam Championship series), Wordshop, Segue, Page Meets Stage, American Sign Language Slam, Taylor Mead, Bowery Kids, Carmine Street Metrics, Sacapuntas, Rev Jen, Bowwow, Sticky, Symphonics Live, Dr. Sketchy, School of Burlesque, NYC Talent show and 60 more each month!

The Bowery Poetry Club is a New York City poetry performance space founded by Bob Holman in 2002. Located at 308 Bowery, between Bleecker and Houston Streets in Manhattan's East Village, the BPC provides a home base for established and upcoming artists. "Events at Bowery Poetry Club feel less like staid literary readings than big, friendly parties replete with alcohol, conversation and some of the last edginess on the Bowery not yet channeled into hotels." - The Villager. Time Out New York says, "The name of this colorful joint on the Bowery reveals its poetry-slam roots, but it’s also the truest current iteration of the East Village’s legendary arts scene." Go City Kids says, "Billed as a playground for language, the Bowery Poetry Club extends a welcoming hand to youngsters who love words with the Bowery Kids series of kid-friendly shows and readings." Bowery Arts and Science, Ltd. (BA+S): Our mission is to encourage cooperation among and advancement of poets, performers, writers, producers, publishers and others engaged in artistic activities; to develop and produce works by emerging poets and performers for performance on stage, television, film and other media; to conduct tours and hold exhibitions; to promote the study, improvement and advancement of the arts. We are proud of our place in the lineage of populist art: the Yiddish theater, burlesque, vaudeville, beat poetry, jazz, and punk that gave the Bowery its name. To that end BA+S is dedicated preserving and advancing the arts and culture of New York City’s Bowery. BA+S is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1995. Our first project was the award winning PBS series, “The United States of Poetry.” We are dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the oral tradition of poetry via live readings, media documentation and creation, and to elevating the status of poetry to that of its sister arts. Our mission includes a strong educational component, introducing all manner of poetries including American Sign Language poetry to students of all ages; the preservation of endangered languages via the valuation of the poetry of these cultures; and the infusion and integration of poetry with other arts and into the daily life of the community.

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    An autographed copy of our bimonthly print calendar will be snailmailed to your door! (must provide address)

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    Free admission to the NYC Talent Show, the most outrageous open mic in the universe (you will have the opportunity to perform for 7 minutes)

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    Free admission for 2 toNYC Talent show he most outrageous open mic in the universe (you and your guest will have the opportunity to perform for 7 minutes)

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    2 Tickets to the Taylor Mead Show.

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    2 tickets to Urbana Poetry Slam, A Bowery T-Shirt, 2 tickets to NY Talent show, 2 Bingo Cards for Murray Hill, 2 Tickets to the Taylor Mead Show.

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    Jar of Bowery Honey, 2 tickets to Urbana Poetry Slam, A Bowery T-Shirt, 2 tickets to NY Talent show, 2 Bingo Cards for Murray Hill, 2 Tickets to the Taylor Mead Show.

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    Your Choice of 1 of 8 Bowery Books Titles, Jar of Bowery Honey, 2 tickets to Urbana Poetry Slam, A Bowery T-Shirt.

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    A Print from The Elizabeth Murray Art Wall by Julian Lethbridge Your Choice of 3 of 8 Bowery Books Titles, 1 Jar of Bowery Honey, 2 Tickets to Urbana Poetry Slam, A Bowery T-Shirt.

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    Your choice of a Print from The Elizabeth Murray Art Wall by Julian Lethbridge or Jim Dine, Jar of Bowery Honey, 2 tickets to Urbana Poetry Slam, A Bowery T-Shirt.

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    Your choice of a Print from The Elizabeth Murray Art Wall by Julian Lethbridge or Jim Dine or Lawrence Weiner/ Jar of Bowery Honey, 2 tickets to Urbana Poetry Slam.

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    A limited edition canvas bag poem by Anne Waldman/art by Kiki Smith, Your choice of a Print from The Elizabeth Murray Art Wall by Julian Lethbridge or Jim Dine or Lawrence Weiner/ Your Choice of 3 of 8 Bowery Books Titles.

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    Your own Hour Reading at Bowery Poetry! Plus A limited edition canvas bag poem by Anne Waldman/art by Kiki Smith, and prints from the Elizabeth Murray Art Wall by Julian LethbridgeAND Jim Dine or Lawrence Weiner/Jene Highstein Your Choice of 4 of 8 Bowery Books Titles.

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    A year-long monthly reading series named for you or the person/entity of your choice, Plus anything else from the list above that you so desire.

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