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Free Is Art offers individual music lessons and visual art workshops to low-income residents of Windham County, VT- free of charge.
Free Is Art offers individual music lessons and visual art workshops to low-income residents of Windham County, VT- free of charge.
55 backers pledged $2,613 to help bring this project to life.

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Our goal is to raise enough to fund 100 hours of free music lessons, for low-income residents in Vermont.

In April of 2011, the Free Is Art project launched in Brattleboro, VT. Founded by Director/Instructor Jackson Emmer, the program aims to make Vermont's diverse music and art resources as accessible as possible to low-income residents of Windham County. The program also serves local artists and educators- connecting them with a new audience, and offering a place to practice skills as teachers, performers, and makers of work.

We conduct private music lessons, open jam sessions, and visual art workshops- completely free of charge. In an effort to foster creativity and resourcefulness, all lessons are student-driven. Because participants not required to pay for Free Is Art programs, we ask that students "give back" each week, by sharing their latest artistic discoveries with a friend or relative. Students also volunteer by posting flyers, helping with advertising, or maintaining our host site.

Most lessons are conducted at KidsPLAYce, (20 Elliot St. Brattleboro), in the heart of downtown Brattleboro, but special lessons and workshops are held in individuals' homes, or at the Westgate Housing Community. We always make an extra effort to meet our participant's needs.

Since programs began on July 15th, Free Is Art has served over 100 participants, ages 2-66; statistics unheard of in such a revolutionary education program. As a relatively new organization, we are still seeking support that will allow us to not only continue operations uninterrupted, but to grow and influence the lives of hundreds throughout the area.
We hope you'll get involved.

Our goal is to raise enough money for 100 hours of music lessons. Any excess funds raised, will go towards other expenses- renting space, hosting special events, and advertising.

If you are fortunate, and privileged enough to have art in your life, to have creativity in your life, then please consider sharing that incredible gift with other people. Pledge now!

Consider visiting our website for more information:

www.freeisart.weebly.com

Thank you so much for your interest, and support. With your help, we can continue to make great things happen in Southern Vermont, and the world at large.

Grateful,

-Jackson Emmer and Sam Moss-

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    A custom comic strip/thank you note, just for you!

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    A limited edition CD copy of the forthcoming debut album by STRING BAND (featuring Jackson Emmer and Sam Moss).

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    A limited edition CD copy of, "The Jackson Emmer Songbook," OR "Yonder Come the Reverb," albums by Jackson Emmer.

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    A limited edition CD copy of "Tree And Star: A Christmas Album For Solo Electrified Guitar" OR "Eight Constructions" by Sam Moss.

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    Any two albums from the ones listed above.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Signed, used guitar picks from Sam and Jackson, plus a custom comic strip, and a copy of the new STRING BAND album.

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    A private music lesson- for your or a friend, (live or via skype depending on where you live) from Jackson or Sam. Plus, a custom comic strip, and copy of the new STRING BAND album.

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    (For Northeast residents only) A STRING BAND concert in your home, office, favorite coffee shop, etc. We will come to you (at a time that is mutually convenient). You will also get a custom comic strip, copy of the new STRING BAND album, and signed, used guitar picks from Sam and Jackson.

    NOTE: For those that live outside the Southern VT area, it may take a bit for us to get to you, but we will make it happen!

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Funding period

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