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MOVE ME, a public art project taking place spring '12 supported by The Cambridge Arts Council 501(c)(3), bkprojects and Roberta Paul.
MOVE ME, a public art project taking place spring '12 supported by The Cambridge Arts Council 501(c)(3), bkprojects and Roberta Paul.
255 backers pledged $25,931 to help bring this project to life.

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MOVE ME is a "pop up" public art project that will take place in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the spring of 2012. The Cambridge Arts Council 501(c)(3), bkprojects and artist Roberta Paul will collaborate on this endeavor. Inspired by Paul's travels to the Serengeti this multifaceted event investigates themes of immigration, national identity, and life transitions through the metaphor of animal migration. It will include a four-week gallery exhibition at the Cambridge Arts Council, as well as a two-week continuous "performance" in the streets. At its essence, this is a project imbued with a sense of wonderment, inquisitiveness and self-reflection; it is about boundaries and borders, real and perceived.

Cambridge, Massachusetts was selected as a starting point because it is home to a huge diversity of people and cultures. Only 6.3 square miles in area, its 100,000 residents come from all over the world and speak a myriad of languages (Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Russian, Korean, Swahili, Hindi. . .). While the boundaries of Cambridge seem fluid, for those who live or visit there, they are real. The neighborhoods are sharply defined-by the people, the housing, the stores, restaurants and the food.

Boundaries make the experiences of those on the other side invisible, unknowable, strange and incomprehensible. This project is about hearing the stories of Cambridge residents themselves as they move through and around the borders of a very small and concentrated space. Combining visual art, oral history, and public engagement will highlight the search for compassion and dignity beyond the boundaries of neighborhoods.

We will create a moving art migration that will weave through the "dividing lines" of the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. "Shrink-Wrapped" cars, vans and other vehicles with images of migrating animals from Paul's work will create a metaphorical skin. This will be accomplished by utilizing a technology film that has graciously been provided by 3M. The vehicles will "pop up" in unexpected places to both surprise viewers and stimulate a community dialogue about boundaries, borders and barriers.

The project will also have an educational and documentation component. A select number of the Cambridge Public Libraries and the Cambridge Community Center in conjunction with Story Stream Cambridge will be utilized to interview the residents of the city. In these interviews Cambridge residents will share their personal stories of immigration, migration and boundaries. Trained volunteers will interview them and their stories will be transcribed into audio and visual materials. In addition we are working with two universities in Cambridge;  MIT and Harvard to create forums to discuss topics such as migration, identity and borders.

In conclusion, this multifaceted project will focus on the pressing issues of migration, boundaries and self-hood. Like all good public art, the PUBLIC will be an integral component in this conversation we are beginning.

We cannot thank all of you enough as you are the reason we have reached and surpassed our goal of $24,725.00!!!!!

We have just a few more days and thank-you again for continuing your support as the more we receive, the more vehicles can be shrink-wrapped and the greater the impact of this project.
Thank you so much for being part of MOVE ME.

PRESS ON A PLEDGE OF YOUR CHOICE ON THE RIGHT COLUMN. . .

Pledge $1 or more:  a heartfelt THANK YOU.

Pledge $10 or more: your very own virtual "CHEETAH SPOT". 

Pledge $25 or more: a unique "Move Me" POSTCARD.

Pledge $50 or more: a 7" round "watch-me-move"  CAR MAGNET.

Pledge $125 or more: limited 1st edition signed "Move Me" POSTER.

Pledge $200 or more: limited edition COTTON T-SHIRT of Cheetah image.

Pledge $300 or more: TOUR with CAC arts director Jason Weeks.

                             VISIT CAMBRIDGE ARTS COUNCIL HERE

Pledge $500 or more: LUNCH with Roberta Paul & Beth Kantrowitz.

Pledge $1,000 or more: COCKTAIL RECEPTION and more. . .

Pledge $3,000 or more: VINYL WALL DECAL for home or office wall.

Pledge $5,000 or more: SHRINK-WRAP of your car or support a wrapping.

Pledge $10,000 or more: signed, limited edition of "MOVE ME" PORTFOLIO.

                                                   VIEW PORTFOLIO HERE

 The artist, Roberta Paul, and Beth Kantrowitz reviewing "Move Me"portfolio.   

 Images by Roberta Paul copyright © 2011, all rights reserved.

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    Enjoy lunch (up to 4 people) and a private studio visit with artist, Roberta Paul and project manager, Beth Kantrowitz. With this reward your name will appear on the Donor Wall @ the Cambridge Arts Council gallery for the duration of the exhibition. Reward valid through December 2012. [Pledges are tax deductible]

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    You will receive a special invitation to a cocktail reception on the evening of the exhibition opening. You will also receive an exhibition catalogue in which you will be acknowledged. Your name will be included on the donor wall of the gallery @ the Cambridge Arts Council for the duration of Roberta Paul's show. [Pledges are tax deductible]

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    You will receive your very own custom-made vinyl wall piece for your home or office. Select an animal of your choice from a selection of Roberta Paul's drawings. Installation included, limited to a 300 mile radius. With this reward you will also receive everything in the $1,000 package. [Pledges are tax deductible]

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    Shrink-wrap your very own vehicle OR support the shrink-wrapping of another vehicle participating in the migration. Your name or company name will appear on the vehicle as well as a QR code. In addition you will receive the $3,000 and $1,000 package. [Pledges are tax deductible]

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    You will receive a limited edition artist portfolio (10 printed). Receive your name or a company name on a shrink-wrapped vehicle and be part of the migration procession on opening night. You will also receive everything from the $1,000 package on down to the $1.00 pledge and a very huge hug. [Pledges are tax deductible]

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