One Thousand Love Letters will be a two week participatory art installation in Brattleboro, Vermont. We will renovate an industrial storefront, make it warm and beautiful, and invite the community to come in, sit down, and write their hearts out. Folks are invited to write a love letter and view love letters written by others who wish to display them during the course of the project.
How exciting! you say. I just have a few questions.
Please! Ask away!Where did you get this idea?
A letter about love letters
A few weeks ago, I was on a long drive, with lots of time to think. I had just been with my family, around Thanksgiving. My Grandma passed away in July, and we had spent some time over the holiday sorting through her photos, recipes and letters. I found some of my letters to her- some she had saved for almost thirty years. On the drive home, I thought a lot about her, and about letters. When I got home, I pulled out my own giant box of them. Letters and postcards from my parents, my sister, long-lost friends, old loves, strangers who had been moved by my writing, gracious replies from some of my favorite authors, a bundle of precious letters from my sweetheart.
I went through them, laughing and cringing and swooning and crying. I thought, "These are the most sacred things I own." I thought, "The hours I've spent writing to my loved ones are some of the most important of my life."
I marvel at the tremendous power of a small good thing you can hold in your hands.
I believe in the power of words. I believe in love, and in love letters. I want to write more of them. I want there to BE more of them. At least one thousand, to be exact. Will you help me make this happen?
What do you mean, a love letter?
Although letters of romantic love will certainly be written, in the context of this project a love letter may express any number of things. It could be a thank-you note, a letter of solidarity, a letter of condolence, an anonymous secret admirer message, a child's drawing for her parent, a note of appreciation to your motorcycle, a letter of gratitude to an author or musician, an elegy for an extinct species or perhaps an ode to your beloved dog.The possibilities are endless.
Why are you raising money?
The biggest expense will be the rental and renovation of the project site- we're subletting it from the soon-to-be-opened Vermont School of Fine Handcrafts. It's a beautiful space, but pretty rough- it used to be an auto parts store, and it needs to be cleaned and painted, with new walls and shelves built before we can invite people in. In addition to building materials, paint, cleaning supplies and furniture, we need to buy writing materials, coffee and tea, and pay for copying posters and other promotional materials. This is the very bare minimum of the funds we need to carry out the project- if we exceed our goal, we can do things like pay for postage, feed our volunteer staffers, and make our backer rewards even more beautiful and exciting.
Can I have a few more details?
But of course!
The space will be open from noon to seven from February 1st to February 14th, with a twenty-four hour marathon on February 9th. The marathon will be our tribute to the delirious, uninhibited letters that can only be written in the middle of the night! Perhaps we will write love letters to sleep deprivation itself! The project will end with an evening of letter reading and music on February 15th. Letters will be mailed at the end of the project or made available for participants to pick-up.
The letters will be written and displayed (some sealed and some open for reading) in a temporary studio and gallery located in the storefront of the former Sanel Auto Parts building at 47 Flat Street. The space will be transformed by local artists into a beautiful environment providing a warm spot to sit in the dead of winter and relax into the tactile experience of handwriting or typing a love letter. Side by side with neighbors and strangers, participants will have the opportunity to write their hearts out. Visitors will also be able to view some of the love letters on display during the run of the project.
Please donate! Please participate! Thanks for reading!
Risks and challenges
There's already a lot of excitement around this project- people are committing to staffing the space, thinking about who they'll be writing to, borrowing typewriters, and generally getting inspired! Although I can't forsee all the challenges that may arise, I'm confident that we have enough support in our community to make this thing fly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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