Friday, July 12, 2013

Midpoint Report for the New Vision Heron Mural Project

Three weeks remain in the New Vision Heron Mural project’s fundraiser on the USA Projects micro-philanthropy website.  It’s a process of ebb and flow, sometimes up to a week passes with no donations, and then a flurry of activity as updates and various appeals register. 

As of this writing, we have nearly $2,500 in donations and are over 40% funded!  I love these numbers and, believe me, when notices of new contributions come through it is THRILLING!  While not precisely at the halfway level of funding, we are within striking distance; and with half the time left to raise the funds I remain confident!

$5,800 must be raised by midnight, July 31st.  Crowd funding and micro-philanthropy both work on the same “all or nothing” model where all funds need to be raised for the artist to receive any of the monies.  Your contributions are all extremely important to the success of this project!

Thank you so much to those of you who have already followed through on your desire to give!  I also want to thank those of you who have made the commitment in your heart to give and have contacted me with your pledge!  The finish line is in sight and your donations are absolutely necessary to meet this project’s goals!

I spoke with Max Verbits, an old friend and arts proponent in Salisbury, MD a short time ago.  He spoke of the city needing “Gateway Markers” and how this project spoke directly to that need, identifying the downtown area. 

Max also pointed out the significance of waterfowl (and so public waterfowl imagery) to the entire area.  Waterfowl symbolize the area culturally, historically and environmentally; and the mural’s location in Salisbury, MD, is PERFECT!  Salisbury is perched in the middle of the Atlantic Flyway—the main North-South thoroughfare for migrating birds, east of the Mississippi River!

And finally on a personal note, this week my father has died.  After 13 years of Alzheimer’s disease he departed this life…it has brought home the feelings and image of the original heron mural in ways that I had forgotten.  To be revisiting this image at this time is amazing and heart rending as that first mural was created in the wake of my first wife’s death (breast cancer).

As I have been regarding the heron mural, I do not see a symbol of death but an image of spirit:  bold, poised for departure; I also see it depicting those who are Strong but tested, and standing ready.  These are fine associations for a public work and for this town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

If you have not already joined this project with a contribution, please visit the project page and consider becoming part of this New Vision.


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