May 9, 2010

Camp Pocket U seeks funding


I recently received a note from Austin Thomas who is looking to fund Camp Pocket U, a project that grew out of Pocket Utopia Gallery, Thomas's social sculpture project in Bushwick that closed last July.  "Jason Andrew (of Norte Maar) and I hope to inspire a conversation among artists, creative thinkers and the community, empowering participants and observers to think for themselves while offering a free camp for kids.  Brainstorming with Jason, we figure our strength lives at the grass roots level.  If people in our community each donate $25 or even $10, the free kids program will happen. We need a total of $7,500. That's it." Immediately I transferred enough money from my Paypal account to fund an art project. 

Here's the break down:
$125 provides supplies for an art project for the camp.
$250 brings five kids to camp.
$500 brings an professional artist to Rouses Point to teach for three days.

To donate to the program, click here.

In addition, Thomas tells me that everyone is welcome to attend Camp Pocket U. A distinguished cohort of painters, sculptors, musicians, choreographers, scientists, historians (including me) have been invited to take up residence, give classes and work on projects. The Camp will convene at Rouses Point, NY, located along the western shores of Lake Champlain. It's a friendly lakefront village that features lovely classical architecture and a charming, well-preserved downtown. Camp runs from July 21 through July 28 and will cost $450 for a three-day stay, including train fare from NYC. If readers  are interested in attending, please contact Austin Thomas at ats@toast.net.

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