Hi! I'm Barbara Colaciello. You can call me Babs.
For over two decades, I've written, directed, produced, and performed socially engaged theater that contributes to vital conversations in the Jacksonville community. Through the practice of storytelling, I engage performers and audiences in examining complex themes in much more nuanced ways than our local and national discourses often allow.
Now I have a HOME for my work at the CoRK Arts District. I call it BABS'LAB.
BABS'LAB is a space for creating in the NOW. It's a place for experimentation, training, and performance, a place where the community comes together to witness work that uplifts, breaks barriers, and crosses lines.
What happens at BABS'LAB reflects who I am as an artist. I believe there's nothing more powerful than being in the present moment with one another, our minds and hearts open, actively listening and sharing. I offer this experience to our community at BABS'LAB.
BABS'LAB provides a creative support system to many in our city. I encourage and coach storytellers, poets, speakers, and leaders. By investing in BABS'LAB you are not only investing in my artistic career but also in the development of work by a diverse range of artists and students who explore, invent, and perform here.
"There are artists here, now, and they need places in which they can congregate... That can be here!"
Charlotte Mabrey, percussionist, former Professor at University of North Florida and former Principal Percussionist at the Jacksonville Symphony.
There are two tiers to this fundraising effort. I need to raise a minimum of $10,000 to transform BABS'LAB into a safe, fully equipped performance space and training center for the community. Raising an additional $6,000 will allow us to produce an arts-integrated bullying prevention program based out of BABS'LAB.
Tier One: $10,000 to Illuminate the Studio
In order to greatly enhance my ability to deliver compelling and innovative work, I will purchase and install an LED lighting system and sound system (see below for a detailed equipment list).
Lighting is a crucial element in shaping the narrative of a performance. BABS'LAB lacks reliable and flexible stage lighting. The benefits of LED lighting are low power consumption, low heat radiation, a range of color effects, and high brightness. The 6 instruments we currently have are on loan. They're old and use an enormous amount of energy—so much that they often trip the circuit breaker and cut electricity to the studios around mine.
A sound system is crucial for a multi-purpose venue like BABS'LAB. A sound system will provide ambience for events. It's a necessity for theater, dance performances, and musical acts.
"When I think of Barbara as an artist, I think of generosity..."
Hope McMath, artist, activist, community leader, and former Director of The Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens.
Tier Two: An Additional $6,000 to Shed Light on Bullying
With BABS'LAB fully equipped, an additional $6,000 will enable me to launch an arts-integrated bullying prevention program for the community.
The heart of this program will be Chalk, a play written by my longtime collaborator, award-winning writer and radio host Al Letson. Through Chalk, I will engage young adult performers, youth audiences, artists, and the wider community in examining how verbal abuse and bullying can be addressed and transformed.
Your support on Kickstarter will allow me to offer free training to the young adult actors and storytellers involved with the program, in addition to offsetting production costs, events, and outreach materials (described in detail below).
Three main components comprise the anti-bullying program:
- YOUTH PERFORMANCE I will direct young adult actors in a performance of poetic monologues from Al Letson's Chalk at BABS'LAB and other Jacksonville cultural institutions throughout the month of October.
ART EXHIBIT Hope McMath and I are curating an exhibit called And Someone Gets Lost Along the Way in partnership with the CoRK Arts District. The show will feature new work by local visual artists that explores the topic of bullying in dialogue with Al Letson's poetry.
- COMMUNITY STORY SHARE I will work with a diverse group of community members to share their experiences of bullying—whether as the target, a bystander, or a bully themselves.
*** The goal of all of the above is to scale up this arts integrated anti-bullying program over the next year to reach students across the greater Jacksonville region.***
"Barbara knows all these different kinds of people from different artistic backgrounds and she brings us all together... to share provocative exchanges in her space."
Ebony Payne English, performance artist, writer, educator, and human rights activist.
Tier One: $10,000 to Illuminate the Studio
- LED LIGHTS with Clamps and Safety Cables
- LIGHTING CONTROL SOFTWARE & HARDWARE: ETC Gadget USB/DMX converter /14 DMX Cables (various lengths)
- 1 LIGHTING SYSTEM COMPUTER
- 1 EXTERNAL COMPUTER MONITOR
- LIGHTING TECHNICIAN FEES for Installation and Training
- SOUND SYSTEM: PA Power Amplifiers, Live Sound Mixers, Signal Processing (Effects), Equalizers, PA Speakers, PA Monitor Speakers, Microphones
- LOTS OF CABLES
- KICKSTARTER FEES
Tier Two: Additional $6,000 for Anti-Bullying Outreach Program
- PRODUCTION COSTS: Set Construction, Costumes, Props for the 2017 production.
- ARTIST COMPENSATION: Director, Poetry Coach, Sound and Light Designer, Set Designer.
- COMMUNITY OUTREACH and DEVELOPMENT for year long expansion of CHALK culminating in a full production in October of 2018.
Storytelling and the arts promote positive change in individuals and communities. Join me in making BABS'LAB a hub for artistic expression and social change in Jacksonville.
And may I tempt you with some BABULOUS rewards in return? I'd LOVE to give you a SHOUT OUT on social media and offer you everything listed in the rewards column. Check it out!
What happens at 0:45 proves that this Kickstarter IS a necessity for BABS'LAB:
Philip Pan, violinist and recently retired concertmaster of the Jacksonville Symphony.
Risks and challenges
For the past couple of months I have consulted with lighting and sound technician experts to explore cost effective solutions. I feel confident that I will be purchasing the RIGHT equipment for BABS' LAB and get the most BANG for my BUCK.
Yes—It's challenging to coordinate all the moving parts involved in realizing a multifaceted artistic project. However, with my supportive team of collaborators and 35 years of experience, I'm confident that we'll overcome difficulties that arise.
What could go wrong???? Something. Something unexpected always happens. Right? But we'll move through it with grace because we know how to IMPROVISE.
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