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EcoRise Youth Innovations and Reel Change Film Frenzy 2014
EcoRise was pleased to be included in this year’s Reel Change Film Frenzy. The event involved an initial meeting where film ideas are brainstormed (see Instagram at lower left), followed by a week of filming. The final screening occurred on February 23 at Alamo Drafthouse (Gina LaMotte, Founder and Executive Director of EcoRise, and filmmaker Ricardo Palomares are shown at top).
Stay tuned - the short film is very artful - we’ll post it online once Ricardo gives it the finishing touches. Shown below at right is Fulmore Middle School's Cooper Askins (Instagram taken during the screening).
EcoRise thanks Lights. Camera. Help. for including us in the project, and Goodwill Industries of Central Texas for serving as Executive Producer of the 10 nonprofit films created during Reel Change Film Frenzy, of which we were one.
Flatbed Press Contemporary Print Fair 2014
Sharing a few Instagrams from the Valentine’s Day opening reception to benefit Serie Project at Flatbed Press (Austin, Texas), and a few from the print fair held the following day. For additional details, please see my earlier Tumblr. The entire event was held in honor of the late Sam Coronado, founder of Serie Project.
Among my favorite Instagrams are at top, "Printmaker’s Hands: Iron Frog Press (Dallas), Matt Bagley,” and at bottom, “Alfonso Huerta Garcia Print Demonstration” (follow the link to a brief Viddy). Just above Alfonso at right is the display of longtime friend Maricela Sanchez.
The event program is posted on SlideShare.
Follow the link above to reach the website of The Dumpster Project.
"What does home look like in a world of 10 billion people? How do we equip current and future generations with the tools they need for sustainable living practices? With a 33 sq. ft. dumpster and a team of students and experts, the dumpster will transform from a barely habitable used garbage container to a sustainable house and interactive teaching lab.
Professor Dumpster and his Huston-Tillotson students in Austin, Texas will need all the help they can get because he’s camping out in a dumpster and it’s on the students’ bucket list to live the American dream (litter-ally)! Want to pitch in? Toss in a bit of ‘disposable’ income and support the project today.”
On a personal note, after leaving the presentation, I caught the historic Huston-Tillotson campus from one of its highest elevations at sunset. Lovely view! Below you see a dumpster converted to a photo booth for the reception on February 12, and at right, an enthusiastic Professor Dumpster sharing his thoughts about the project.
Austin Giving Pledge
Having returned to Austin late last summer after being away for some 20 years, I wanted to share information about the Austin Giving Pledge.
I enjoyed hearing MariBen Ramsey of the Austin Community Foundation speak in January about the Austin Giving Pledge to regional members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Follow the ACF link above to reach the website and more information about the pledge. Expect to hear more about this important program in the months and years ahead.
During her presentation, MariBen cited the Transfer of Wealth study conducted by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.
Based on its analysis, three regions of I‐35 Texas, "are likely to face a significant transfer of wealth (TOW) opportunity beginning as early as 2020. Current Net Worth in 2010 for Austin region is estimated to be $137.8 billion, while San Antonio Region is estimated slightly smaller at $118.7 billion, and Waco is estimated to be $33.3 billion."
Follow the link to learn more, and consider making your own, personal Austin Giving Pledge today!
Enjoyed today’s “trends” talks at St. Edward’s University. See @SMBAustin and #SMBAustin on Twitter for notes and links (as well as a few on @CAROLYNAPPLETON), not the least of which is PWC’s report, "Future of Enterprise Apps: Moving Beyond Workflows to Mindflows," which you can download via the link.
Also, check out @ATXhack4change - you can register on Eventbrite.
KDK-Harman Foundation & National Summer Learning Association
"To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months.
Many Americans have a wonderful image of summer as a carefree, happy time when “kids can be kids,” and take for granted the prospect of enriching experiences such as summer camps, time with family, and trips to museums, parks, and libraries.
Unfortunately, some youth face anything but idyllic summer months. When the school doors close, many children struggle to access educational opportunities, as well as basic needs such as healthy meals and adequate adult supervision.”
Sarah’s presentation was compelling and clearly demonstrated how low-income children keep falling behind intellectually year-after-year, when they miss out on meaningful summer programming.
I understand KDK-Harman hopes to shed greater light on this problem and to engage other philanthropists in supporting quality summer educational programs, particularly those that provide STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning.
For more about the importance of summer learning, read: "Know the Facts" from the National Summer Learning Association. Note: the national conference, “Summer Changes Everything,” will occur November 17-19, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.
I enjoyed the grand opening of the new store at 7:30 a.m. this morning. As I live not far away, I was able to walk. What a treat! Congrats to Whole Foods Market on the lovely new store.
Here’s my Vine of a few of the grand opening festivities.
You might also enjoy following Whole Foods Market’s Gourmet Gardeners on Tumblr (from the UK - maybe we’ll see a greater WFM-US presence on Tumblr one of these days!).
Carolyn’s WordPress Sites
A new look for all three!
Thanks to my visitors, thanks to WordPress for my new “look,” and best wishes for your fundraising success in 2014.
Bloomerang Blog, "6 Expert Fundraising Predictions for 2014" (January 2, 2014). Pleased to be included!
To reach the main page for Bloomerang and to learn how it can help you in 2014, follow this link.
And follow this link to my blog post, "2014 and Beyond."
Fulmore Middle School Showcase, Austin
I enjoyed watching the end-of-semester EcoRise Youth Innovations Showcase of student inventions - great!
See my Instagram profile for more - what an amazing array of new “companies,” inspiring pitches, and clever inventions. Congrats to all!
Photos (top to bottom), of inventors, their inventions, and their displays:
-Bows to Wear (upcycled bows)
-T-Koozie, Inc. (koozies made from t-shirts - the stretchy parts - also, everyone’s business pitches were great, but these guys were REALLY great)
-Robo 3000 (an artful ‘bot - this inventor shares my childhood love of melted crayons, smiles)
-ReTired (decorative and useful planters - also a very charming inventor here, smiles)
-Half a Backpack (upcycled)
Suffice it to say, you have not lived until you’ve attended one of these showcases. And to think, EcoRise students learn STEM through their coursework, they become eco-literate, and their natural creative instincts are sparked.
Apologies to the inventors not shown - there were several other excellent participants. Thanks also to the businessmen and women who took time out to serve as judges.
Coming soon! Flatbed Contemporary Print Fair, February 14 and 15, 2014 at Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas.
The all-day event features 21 booths representing professional printmakers, publishers, and university print programs. Great work to see and buy! A new printmaking demo will be happening every hour. Free to all on Saturday - bring the family!
A Valentine’s party and benefit will occur on Friday night (see Eventbrite link below to register).
Eventbrite: follow this link to register for the Valentine Benefit Gala, which is modestly priced. It occurs on Friday night. Proceeds benefit the Serie Project. Included is the chance to create your own artful “print” Valentine. I promised to help Katherine take tickets at the door, so I hope to see you then.
I understand The Peached Tortilla food truck will be stationed in the parking lot on Saturday during the fair.
I have watched and visited Flatbed Press since it began back in the 1980s, when it was in an old warehouse on the railroad tracks in the heart of downtown Austin. Flatbed is a wonderful place to visit any time, although many think by looking at it from the outside that it is just a “shop.” The photos I chose to post on Tumblr illustrate both the creative work going on there, and the fun and sheer joy of printmaking.
P.S. - A delightful new addition to the Flatbed building is the Gallery at Shoal Creek. Follow the link for more information.
- HopeArts, East Austin Studio Tour (top two photographs)
- Thoughts from James Surls, a Surls print being pulled at Flatbed (left)
- Flatbed Files (blog), Ann Conner and Katherine Brimberry, owner of Flatbed Press (bottom)
EcoRise Youth Innovations
Imagine a classroom where 15 year old students develop solutions to the global water crisis, redesign the public transportation system and launch initiatives that address landfill diversion, nutrition and campus energy consumption.
EcoRise develops the next generation of creative problem solvers by enlivening conventional classrooms with academically-aligned K-12 curriculum that introduce students to sustainability, design innovation and social entrepreneurship. Green professionals serve as guest speakers and project mentors to help students solve real-world sustainability challenges concerning energy, water, waste, transportation, air quality, food and public spaces.
This brief video includes a compelling interview with Erin Gorley, who discusses why she supports EcoRise. As 2013 draws to a close, consider making a charitable donation. If you have questions or need additional information, don’t hesitate to contact me (email@example.com).
- EcoRise website and a list of the many ways you might contribute.
- AmazonSmile: You Shop Amazon Gives - log-in to AmazonSmile - just like you would to Amazon.com (same log-in codes) - shop just as you normally would, but via this special website you’ll have the option of selecting EcoRise Youth Innovations as your favorite charity. Thank you!
- More videos about EcoRise Youth Innovations may be found on Vimeo.
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Follow the link to my new sunflower board on Pinterest … few are aware how amazing they are!