I am trying something new

Image from Echo More Strongly by Bruce Silcox

Dear hearts,

For the past few years, I’ve been involved with several big crowdfunding campaigns that have raised vital funds for performance projects. Through giving and/or moral support, you have been instrumental in making each one of those campaigns an overwhelming success. THANK YOU!

Over the next year, I am going to explore a different approach. I recently learned about Patreon, a site designed for artists who make work frequently, and for people who want to support and be in dialogue with that work. Rather than giving in big pushes for specific projects, supporters can give very small amounts to artists over time and, in exchange, have ongoing intimate interactions with the work.

As you might guess, I love this idea. It emphasizes relationships; connects us through the many different phases of process; plus allows me to dream and budget on a whole new level as an artist.

So I’ve started a Patreon page!

 

Screenshot of Patreon page

You can learn more there… and if you’re inspired, I would be so excited and honored to have you among my first Patreon supporters.

You can give as little as $1 per “piece” that I create, and you will only be charged when said pieces are released, likely something like 1-3 times per month. (A “piece” may be as small as a blog post or as big as a new play – more explanation on the site.) Also, you can set a giving cap so that you’re never charged beyond a certain amount per month – and you can stop giving any time.

Would you be willing to join me in this grand experiment? Who knows where it may lead!

With love and gratitude,
Rachel

P.S. This Thursday is Give to the Max Day, a 24-hour blitz of giving in Minnesota! To be clear, Patreon is wholly separate from GiveMN – BUT the festivity still makes for a perfect moment to support new work through Patreon. Your contribution impacts not only me, but the many extraordinary independent artists with whom I regularly collaborate. Thank you!

 

Photo: Bruce Silcox
Performance still from Echo More Strongly, a collaboration with Theo Goodell. Those lovely hands belong to Hannah Geil-Neufeld. In the Heart of the Beast, 2014.

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