Thursday, August 30, 2007

Party this Sunday!

We're gearing up for the big party this weekend, and we would love for you to come!

Art and Bicycle Spectacle
An All Inclusive and Accessible Celebration of Creativity
SUNDAY SEPT 2, 2007 - 3pm-8pm - 508 N Main St ABERDEEN

* ART ....FOR YOU TO CREATE: drawing, painting, murals, scupture, parade float, decorate cookies, etc,
................FOR YOU TO OBSERVE: Locally produced Films, Live music, Medieval reenactment, Glass Bead Making & MORE!

*BICYCLES: Bring Your Bike!! : Bike Exhibition, Prizes for different categories, Tall Bikes, a ride around the neighborhood!!!

*FOOD:Grilling Out -picnic style, burgers, brats, salads, deserts etc.

We've gathered a few times to plan for the party, and we're meeting once more tonight at 7:30pm at the Red Rooster to make final plans, and it's going to be a great party!

Please join us on Sunday and bring your friends and your bike. It's completely free, so come and enjoy!

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Party Planning -- August 16

Tonight we met with about 22 people to plan for the Art and Bicycle Spectacle. We created team leaders for each facet of the party, and it's exciting to think about all of the great activities that are being planned such as: sculpture, larping, music, video confessional, collage, bike showing, float building, etc...

We're planning a meeting to make a plethora of posters on Monday night at 7:30 at the Red Rooster. Then, next week Thursday (23rd) we'll meet again for further planning of the party at 7:30pm at the Red Rooster again.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

News and Updates

We have some new information to share with you about the Fallout Creative Community.

First of all, we are having a meeting this Thursday, August 16 at 7:30pm at the Red Rooster Coffeehouse to plan for the Art and Bicycle Spectacle which will be held Sunday, Sept. 2 at 508 N. Main. We're combining the Art and Music Party with the annual Bicycle Spectacle for one great shindig. We will also be discussing how we can use the art that we create at the party for our Fallout Float for the Gypsy Day Parade. We'd love your input on Thursday evening to make this a great party, and we'll be providing FREE NACHOS!

Next item: Since our mission is to foster a healthy creative community promoting creative collaboration, we are looking for diverse teams of creative people to tap into the imagination of a group to produce:

1. Fallout Creative Community Information Packet for people who are interested in getting involved, who represent people with limitations, and who may give support to the cause.

2. FCC Promotional Film. We have the equipment, but we need idea people/brainstormers, a crew: writers, cinematographer, grips, makeup, catering, etc.

3. FCC Website. We need a group effort to develop a practical yet ultra-creative site. Please let us know if you are interested in collaborating with any of these groups and sharing your ideas.

We'll be discussing those three things in greater detail and brainstorming/dreaming big during our next regular meeting, which is scheduled for Sunday, September 30 at the Red Rooster Coffeehouse at 5pm. Please note the location change since previously we've met at 508 N. Main. Does this day/time work for everyone?

Please, please, please, feel free to invite any and all to the Art and Bicycle Spectacle. It's going to be a great event with a variety of activities to appeal to all of the senses: music (listen or perform), sculpture, painting, collage, writing, and much more yet to be planned!

Thanks for your support and great ideas!

If you need/want further info, contact Dan (228-1064) or Rosanne (216-6251).

Info from individual meetings we've had so far...

In between our larger group meetings, Dan and Rosanne have been meeting with various organizations in town to share the idea and get feedback. Here are some notes from those meetings:

7-19-07 Marjorie Kaiser, Superintendent for the School for the blind and visually impaired.

Marje expressed some of the challenges that her students face in experiencing art, since much of art in museums, businesses, etc. is visual and people are not allowed to touch/taste/etc many pieces of art. Students need to be able to have a direct connection to the artwork in some way instead of relying on someone else’s description. Doing is vital.

She expressed how art is a common denominator that helps the community see value in the artists whereas they might not have contact with them otherwise. It’s is good to value all as contributors. Also, she talked about how creative experience is important for people to discover themselves as well as to connect with others in the community.

She gave some ideas for programs that we could use/do/expand upon: Have a performance, show or dinner in the dark so that all attendees have to creatively use their other senses, do an art show(possibly along with some sort of performing arts) featuring the art of blind students, work on poetry, work with art mentors and have regular classes or art nights.

She is excited to work with us, and mentioned options for funding as well as other organizations who might be good resources.

8-2-07 Shari Phillips, Director of the Aberdeen Senior Center

Shari talked a lot about collaboration and coordination and sees the Fallout as doing those things for Aberdeen. One of her concerns for her center after the flooding issues they’ve faced is that she doesn’t want the members to become so used to fewer activities that they become isolated, and we discussed how we want to help bring people into the community and support each other so that we don’t have to be isolated.

She gave us some ideas for bringing together different senior center groups for some collaborative art experiences such as music and art lessons at the different centers. She is going to mention our organization to the other centers around town and talk with her activities director Kay Hohenecker about other possibilities for programs with us. She wants to collaborate with us, and she gave us other contacts such as the Gerontology department at NSU.

8-13-07 Eric Vetter, Opportunities for Independent Living

Eric was enthusiastic about the vision and the ideas that we have so far. He talked about some that he knows who subconsciously tend to isolate themselves because of some limitation they may have, so there is a need to seek them out and provide creative opportunities that they may share their gifts and talents and create with others.
Eric also connected us with the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities and put us on the agenda for their meeting. He also talked a little bit about accessibility with our events and meetings, which was very helpful.

8-14-07 Laura Boone, North Eastern Mental Health Center Administrator

Laura was very excited about the non-profit and eager to help in any way. She talked about the struggle of incorporating individuals who are labeled in various ways into the community at large without that community further labeling or withdrawing from those individuals because of stigmas. She thinks would be a good support to what they are trying to do with the people they serve.

Laura also gave us contacts with the Friends Program to get that community involved in our events and planning as well as contacts with the Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity group.

8-14-07 Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities

We met with this group and shared the idea with them. Many of the members asked more about the history as well as the guys’/girls’ houses and their purpose. We received contact information from each of them as well as some positive feedback and ideas for events/programs.

One woman even said, “I’ve lived here for 20 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this in Aberdeen.”

All of our meetings so far with individuals and groups have been very positive and encouraging! If you’d like to go to any of these meetings with us, please let us know!

Meeting 2 Notes--August 5, 2007

Here is a brief overview of the notes from our last regular meeting on August 5th.

- We discussed our progress so far as an organization, including the encouraging meetings that we've had and continue to have with others in Aberdeen.

- We brainstormed a list of values that represent the community/mission. They are: family, community, respect, wisdom, justice, equality, inclusive, accessible, tolerance, diversity, unity, creativity, collaboration, forward, progressive, optimistic, proactive, earth-conscious/enviro-friendly, holistic, authentic, patience, kindness, learning, intentional, fun, non-condescending, selfless, relationship, self-aware, realistic, supportive, and a few others.

- We discussed different projects and programs that we could do to build creative community such as: a co-op university, art across generations, 48-hour projects of different sorts, potlucks, Open Canvas (like Open Mic), free bike project, Public Transit (bio bus), community needs assessment, field trips to art events, art projects designed to enhance students specific abilities, projects that allow people to experience others' abilities AND limitations, creating new games together, etc.

- We also used our imaginations to dream big to think of the possibilities of things we could do...on a bit larger scale. Some ideas were: Fallout Performing Arts Center and Gallery (centralized location for some events/programs), trips to other countries to share and learn culture and creative experiences, art parties in nursing homes, compilation dvd of local musicians/filmmakers/artists of mixed abilities, sculpture garden, Guerilla art experiences, May Day art, living statues, various Co-ops (art supplies, bikes, bakery/restaurant), interactive creative experiences at downtown/city events (Gypsy Days, Pigout, etc.), identical items to be painted and displayed all over town, concerts/plays/performances and trips to such events, End of the Year annual Art Fest, an instrument library, etc.

There were so many great ideas thrown out at the meeting, and it's so exciting to think of all the possibilities. Thank you for dreaming big, and sharing your great ideas.

Meeting One Information--July 7, 2007

Here is information from our first meeting.

First of all, here is the history of this idea for the non-profit that Dan Cleberg talked about at our meeting--

The Fallout Creative Community is a byproduct of the Red Rooster Coffee House. The Red Rooster was opened in 1996 by brother and sister, Dan and Kileen Cleberg with the purpose to have a great meeting place for people and an outlet for artistic expression. With a stage for music, poetry and other performances, a gallery for art and a projector and screen for film it became a hub for creativity. A diverse community of creative people naturally formed in this environment. One of the characteristics of this community was compassion for the underdogs of the world; people with mental and physical disabilities, troubled youth and the elderly to name a few. The group became known for it's Art & Music Parties, unique Bicycle creations as well as it's vision for community.

Bruce was a young guy with mental and physical disabilities who would hang out at the Rooster most of the day. To encourage creativity he was hooked up with paint and canvases and soon had his own art show. He then explained that he had a fantasy story about himself as an alien. He was encouraged to write it down. The story was good enough to inspire the production of a campy low-budget film production. The film snowballed into a project that included dozens of people and attracted the attention of local media and drew hundreds to the premier.

The excitement of this event spawned the current burgeoning local film-making scene, gave fuel to a movement for creative people to collaborate to produce art and events, and inspired people to help the underdog find creative opportunity. The Community recognized the potential to help more people with organization and financial support. Therefore, it was decided to make The Fallout a non-profit organization.

Meeting 1 Notes:
Three questions/prompts were posed:

1. How can we build and strengthen creative community?
2. Identify local people with limitations.
3. How can we use our creative community to help people with limits get into creative experience?

-We need to define and exemplify consistent community that builds relationships and creates a lifestyle of compassion and care for each other versus a charity event.
-We need a board of directors of creative thinkers to keep ideas flowing and to avoid burnout as well as administrators to manage day-to-day tasks.
-We need a core group of creative community members that reaches out to the community through events, programs, etc.
-We need to find talented mentors/supporters/advocates who would be willing to become part of the community.
-We need to consider and pursue grant writing, fundraising, and promotional resources.
-We can consider collaborating with other organizations such as Parks and Rec, Arts Council, and the Granary, possibly to work towards a large event such as a Special Olympics for the Arts.
-We identified a variety of groups that represent people with various limitations: New Beginnings Center, Dakota House, Special Ed students, ATC, the Deaf Community, the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the elderly, low income kids, NE Mental Health, grieving groups, those with addictions, at-risk youth, etc.
-We discussed more specific ideas for providing opportunities for creativity such as: showcasing skills through newsletters/videos/a website, connect with teachers—past and present, draw from people and groups established in the community to seek assistance, provide transportation for those who need it, and focus activities on specific groups.

The next steps we discussed are: work up a vision statement/mission , create a brochure as well as a video to communicate the idea, and meet again as a group for further discussion.

Last but not least, we're working on the Name/Mission statement for our organization. We think it would be best at this point to call it the Fallout Creative Community. Creative Bridge therefore could be our mantra. The working Mission that we've come up with is: A visible and vibrant arts community that serves as a Creative Bridge to people with limitations. What do you think about this name and mission statement so far?

Our blog...

Welcome to the Fallout Creative Community blog!

Here we will post information from our meetings, ideas and dreams for the future, and news to share. We may even add photos, videos and other fancy stuff in the near future.

Check this site often for updates and current info about the non-profit.