From the fb…
2012 is a LEAP YEAR!
Literally, Mass L.E.A.P. Collective (Literary Education & Performance) is set to launch the first ever State-Wide Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Massachusetts and we could use your help!
Louder than a Bomb, is the name of the wildly popular, life changing youth poetry program, developed in Chicago. 10 years strong now, it’s the biggest youth poetry slam in the world and subject of a recent documentary! Mass LEAP Collective is following this amazing model, and are inviting over a dozen Massachusetts Communities to participate, compete, share poetry and connect across geographic, socio-economic & cultural borders.
The festival will take place March30th-April 1st, at MIT (through generous support from the MIT 80 Proof Poets Campus Club). There will be a finals showcase event on Friday April 13th at a venue TBD. The four days will feature workshops, poetry slams, open mics and special performances. Check out www.massleapcollective.org to keep up with all the good news.
This is our first year attempting this. We have work groups, volunteers and interns dedicated to making this event blast off! We have a dedicated fiscal sponsor in the MassPoetry Outreach Project, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit, who have been working closely with us this past year. They have set up a special coded donation page, so that our supporters can donate directly online, using their safe, secure page. Donations over a certain amount will also be eligible for tax deductions.
We are looking to raise $5,000 in the next month. This will cover a decent portion of our expenses, will help generate materials used for the festival, secure a finals venue, reward volunteers and help facilitate all the odds and ends that go into an undertaking of this size. We expect to serve several hundred Massachusetts Youth in our first year.
We will track donations and reward our supporters:
$10-$25 – Louder than a Bomb Mass – Sticker
$25-$50 – Louder than a Bomb Mass – Poetry Sampler Chap-Book
$50-$100 – Louder than a Bomb Mass – T-Shirt
$100-$250 – All of the Above, PLUS Benefactor Status on Mass Leap Website
$250-$500 – All of the Above, PLUS – 2 tickets to Finals Showcase & Printed Thank You in LTAB Program
$500-$1,000 – All of the Above, PLUS – Finals Showcase DVD, Life-Time VIP Pass to all future LTAB Mass Events.
If you prefer regular mail, Tax Deductible Checks can be made out to “The Massachusetts Poetry Outreach Project” and sent to: MassPoetry, Attention: Joan Chaput, P.O. Box 1232, West Tisbury, MA 02575-1687
(please include “Mass LEAP” in the memo section)
We will do our best over the coming weeks, to keep everyone updated on our progress.
Thank you all so much in advance for your support. Spread the word, forward/share/blast this invite, save the dates, and please join us as we launch this amazing festival!