There are more ways now to tell a story resting on everyone’s fingertips. The social experience is everywhere and it’s time we evolve it through events, internet channels, technology, music, engineering and the way we run business.
This festival has been inspired by a series of chaos and imperfect moments. We all have closets, stories & social trauma. The profiled, the homeless, veterans, rape victims, being gay, being bullied, or telling someone you may die. We've all got it. It’s the alternative to pushing away for fear of unacceptence.
We're all in by using Kickstarter and if we reach our first stretch goal of $25,000, we'll be well on our way to expand our presence year round. Full budget below. Let's do this!
THE CONCERT & FESTIVAL: Feat. Paul Oakenfold, People Under The Stairs & More | JUNE 25-29
In 2013 we included Racism, Human Trafficking and the LGBT movement. We had presentations that included Christianity and Sexuality, Drag Shows, a leadership summit with community leaders, and our confession area. A secluded Step 1 booth allowing people to talk on camera and speak freely for the first time. We fused it with parades, Hip Hop and parties. This year we’re taking it further and adding homelessness, women’s rights and veterans by tackling the social trauma that ties them together. Including a film festival & garden party featuring gospel music, mimosas and brunch to digest the weekend. The event is open to everyone, whether you're straight, profiled, gay, a veteran, homeless, red, purple or blue, we want to see you there!
The Story Behind Interchange: (Video)
Join us for a dialogue on how we can remix human rights with business to create new oceans of value. If we invest in social experience and develop empathy into our leaders, into everyone, we all learn, we all win. A sustainable business that’s socially responsible; taxes put to good use because we invest in our social fabric, we stick with it. We. Change. The world.
With our educational outreach, we work to unite hearts and minds across the region—talking to schools, groups, organizations and facilitating conversations that help advance human rights. Topics include: PTSD & Veterans, LGBT, Women’s Rights, Hunger and Homelessness, Human Trafficking, and Racism. Your financial backing and social investment will help us expand our message and the event through new markets across the region.
Interchange 2013 (Video)
THE STEP 1 FILM BOOTH: Important Stories 2013 (Video)
A New Online Community for Interchange
Interchange wants to grow online and through a partnership with MyCounterpane.com, we are launching a community that allows our users to tell their story based on how they feel. Whether it’s been 2 days or 20 years, we believe you can recall your most challenging experience by its emotional ups and downs. Our platform allows you to break your story into moments. By taking the time to document them (using text, uploading photos and by recording video at the click of a button), you will help us create a living library of authentic experiences in the issues we work with that are easily searchable for people who are eager and even desperate to find someone to emotionally relate to.
What's in it for YOU?
There are some seriously KILLER rewards for Interchange Backers down below (like skeet shooting and sailing), that even the tightest wallet won’t be able to pass up! Do yourself a favor, right now, and check ‘em out! For detailed reward descriptions, check out the right-hand column for more info.
Behind Interchange—The Glue
Tate Chamberlin is pushing the envelope in social, educational and musical events by continually reintegrating an arsenal of new concepts and human connections. Through an experiential remix uniting music and expression, each step and swell brings a new experience by cultivating empathy. This arsenal will serve well as he descends upon the world like a platinum-fisted pterodactyl, dropping artistic carpet-bombs carrying the seed of expression and social conglomeration. Crushing underfoot the banality of average events, flying high the mighty banner of unconventional creativity and blasting his mighty war horns across the battlefields of entertainment.
As a 4th generation Montanan, a 30 yr. business owner, a wife for 26 years to a great guy who is a cowboy, a rancher, a hunter & a contractor, our family breaks a lot of the stereotypes of that “kind of family” that “gay” kids are raised in. We want to have those conversations with people, share our experiences and help other families to know that it does get easier and that it has made our world a bigger and better place. There is much work to be done in our great State and in our country. With Montana having so many rural areas, where young people are secluded and have no one to reach out to, it is vital to make sure that they know there are people who care, kids who are just like them and that things will be ok. I think that Interchange is the event that can move Montana forward in the fight for equality for all people.
I always say: Nothing changes if nothing changes. I hope to be a part of that change with Interchange.
Raised on the crusty, seaweed strewn beaches of Puget Sound, Riley has been waging a professional campaign against the forces of mediocrity since birth. He recently received his BA in writing from Montana State University and promises to use it solely for evil. Easily unimpressed and constantly striving against being taken seriously, Riley has routinely failed in these goals through his jaunts within the Art Crossing. He hopes you will join him in this and many more incredible adventures while streaking into the future like a flock of terrifying hallucinogenic Pegasus intent on dusting the philistines with flavor. He also wrote you a story, but you cannot read it until you grow up and accept a couple things about life, son. Riley is the press and staff writer, as well as stage manager for Interchange, Chamberlin Productions and himself. Stay tuned and you just might have some fun with words; evidently he is already having far too much.
D Gregory Smith is a gay, HIV+ native Montanan; a Rome-educated former priest now making a living as a licensed mental health counselor and Executive Director of AIDS Outreach- a Bozeman based HIV testing, service and support organization, and is a member of the board of directors of Pride Foundation. He is also a teacher, health educator, firm and gentle activist, poet, theologian, advocate, spiritual adventurer, future husband, interviewer, geek, opinionated and witty optimist who loves to write- and he does (when he can find time) here and at Bilerico.com. He is also a contributor to several other blogs and sites, including the newsmagazine LGBTQ Nation.
For the past four years, Tom has been a volunteer for a number of community events and causes that have supported the growth and visibility of the LGBT movement in Montana. With a professional background in design and marketing, he’s worked to expand the influence and credibility of organizations all across the state.
His greatest hope in working with Interchange in Bozeman is to continually foster a community of open dialogue, progressive thinking, and equality as well as strengthen the voice for global human rights.
Jacob Desch is a man of few words. Some of his favorites are: “pants,” “superfluous” and “blunderbuss.” His least favorite are those that perpetuate intolerance and bigotry (also, “decadent,” “moist” and “incandescent.”). If anyone ever makes a brownie lightbulb, there will be hell to pay.
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Risks and challenges
Whether you're able to support Interchange or are still considering, our festival moves forward each year to evolve causes of human rights and equality. But when you take that extra step with tangible support, it allows Interchange to set new standards for creativity with our festival and continue sharing progressive ideas. It highlights the important challenges we champion for social change, social trauma and human equality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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