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Please and Thank You

Thank you to all the people who contributed to the METROYOUTH SHAKESPEARE Kickstarter campaign and who helped the cause by spreading the word.  We did it!  The $10,000 goal has been met and then some.   You have made 150 kids very, very happy.  You have also given them an amazing opportunity to have a fantastic arts education program unlike any other in St. Louis.  Thank you.

For the last 3 years, MYS has been a very important part of my kids’ lives.   They are ecstatic that they will be able to participate in MYS again this spring. So am I.

These two hams thank you, too.

I go now to do a happy dance.  :D

 

Storm Troopers Love Shakespeare

No, really.   It’s true.  This Storm Trooper totally donated to the METROYOUTH SHAKESPEARE Kickstarter campaign so that 150 kids will have a FREE awesome arts education program in January 2013.  Won’t you do the same?  Because it means a lot to this Storm Trooper, who is a volunteer teacher for the program.

We’ve already raised almost $7500.  Only $2500 left to go to meet our goal!  Remember that Kickstarter campaigns are All-or Nothing—we reach our goal or we don’t get funded.  This is urgent!  We are down to the line.   As Shakespeare said, “Better three hours too soon, than a minute too late.”  We only have 3 days left for our Kickstarter fundraising campaign.  Please consider a contribution to this amazing program.

This video gives a wonderful description of what the program is all about.  You can see just how many kids it has benefited, and you might even hear from an unmasked Storm Trooper…

And now for the Storm Trooper quotes.

You can go about your business…  (of donating to MYS!)  Move along, move along.

 

C’mon Internet, We Can Do It!

The only thing better than knowing that 150 kids have the chance at participating in an amazing arts program is knowing that YOU helped make it possible!

We have only 5 days left—until October 28th—to raise the last $4200 for the METROYOUTH SHAKESPEARE Kickstarter campaign!    If we don’t hit our goal, we lose the funding.  I don’t want to see St. Louis lose this program.  It impacts too many students to let it slip away.  I’ve got lots of dyeing goodness and workouts to share with you guys, but I’m not posting until the fundraiser is over.  No dyeing.  That should tell you all how important this is to me and my students.

What is $4200 if we all chip in?

If you could have participated in a program that would raise your confidence as a high school student, that would allow you to express your creativity, wouldn’t you have thought that was worth $20?  If you make a donation to this Kickstarter campaign, you are giving 150 students an incredible opportunity to grow as people, to express their creativity, to study with professionals, and ultimately to change their lives for the better—which is what art does.   Theater, storytelling, performance—this is a fundamental part of who we are, of what moves us.  METROYOUTH SHAKESPEARE gives the students the chance to be the performers, to be the storytellers, to be the movers.  To be powerful through empowerment.

YOU CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

Each one of you can help make this a reality for all of these students.  Please, please–whatever you can give, I promise it will help.  Kickstarter has a donation button for $1.  Even if we raise this one dollar at a time, that’s cool.  As long as we raise it.  5 days, people.  That’s all we’ve got.  Will you help make this happen?

Please forward the link to ALL THE PEOPLES!  Share this post and the one before it.  Thank you, Internet Friends.

Best regards,

dre

Blogosphere to Bard: Kickstarting METROYOUTH SHAKESPEARE

Friends of Grackle & Sun,

I am writing to all of you for help in funding a program that is near and dear to my heart.  I am the Faculty Sponsor for the St. Louis Homeschool Network for METROYOUTH SHAKESPEARE, an innovative arts education program put on by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.   SFSTL is an organization that puts on incredible free productions of Shakespeare’s plays in St. Louis’ Forest Park every summer.  The productions draw tens of thousands of people each year to share in the beauty and richness of these plays.  But that is only one part of what the Festival does.  The rest of the year they are hard at work bringing Shakespeare and arts education to young people in St. Louis.   One way they do this is through a unique program for high school students called METROYOUTH SHAKESPEARE.

For over a decade, METROYOUTH SHAKESPEARE has engaged, empowered, and changed the lives of hundreds of students in St. Louis.  Through the beautifully dynamic language of Shakespeare’s plays, the power of performance, and the spirit of camaraderie and collaboration, these students learn that their creative voices are important and that they can be a force for positive change in their communities.  Because the words of Shakespeare speak so true to heart of what it means to be human, these students are able to make connections with the works that span time, overcomes the difficulty of the language, and creates an abiding understanding of why these works are still relevant today.   Students who may have never even heard of Shakespeare before emerge from the program 10 weeks later indelibly changed by what they have learned and accomplished.

The program provides a valuable opportunity for serious arts education that is not always available to students in their own schools or communities.  It reaches students from a diverse population and multiple backgrounds and brings them together for an amazing weekend of performances.  Beginning in January 2013, students from 7 different schools will spend a semester working with professional Teaching Artists from SFSTL, as well as their Faculty Sponsors, to perform a version of Twelfth Night for Shake38.  Students from an additional 5 schools will perform an original commissioned work entitled Winning Juliet which deals with the challenges kids face today with bullying.  And all of this is FREE for the schools and students.

In order to provide METROYOUTH SHAKESPEARE to the more than 150 students who will participate in 2013, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis is reaching out to the community and to the world for help in funding this amazing program.  They have asked us, the volunteer Faculty Sponsors, to assist them in raising awareness about this fundraiser.  I am writing to you because you because you are part of my community—my  online community.  As a Faculty Sponsor, I have personally seen the impact MYS has made on all of the students that I have taught.  My own children have performed with this group, and it is vitally important to them, as well.  You can see my children and me talking about the program in the short video in the Kickstarter link below.  :D

We are raising money for METROYOUTH SHAKESPEARE through a Kickstarter fundraising campaign.   Kickstarter fundraises are ALL-OR-NOTHING fundraisers, and they tend to be fast and furious.  This means that we have until October 28th to raise the $10,000 needed to fund the program for 2013, or we don’t get funded at all.  I cannot impress upon you enough how much any amount donated will help.  Please take time to click on the link  and find out more about MYS and consider a donation.  Feel free to share this post with everyone you know.  Every dollar counts.

Many small amounts add up to a big amount.  We can come together as an online community to make this possible for these kids.   Thank you.

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