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Power of 5 Fundraising Campaign
POWER of FIVE: YOU + 5 Friends = $30.
I LOVE publishing African Voices magazine and presenting programs that proivde opportunities for writers and artists to flourish and grow!
On behalf of my staff and the more than 500 artists whose lives we have touched in the past two decades, I thank you for your support and contributions.
African Voices is one of the few surviving print literary magazines devoted to publishing literature and art by writers of color. In addition to publishing a quarterly magazine, the organization sponsors writing workshops for young people and adults, literary readings and other cultural programs including the Reel Sisters Film Festival, a festival that presents films produced, directed or written by women of color.
The African Voices team is working hard to publish our Spring 2013 issue and we need your help to print the next issue. We're launching the FIRST digital issue of the magazine. YOU can help us get our 20th Anniversary issue in the hands of new readers by joining our POWER OF FIVE campaign!
It's simple, contribute $5 and get five friends or colleagues to do the same. All contributions will be used to pay contributors and publish a print and digital edition of our official 20th Anniversary issue.
This powerful campaign is exciting because it launches the third decade of African Voices and introduces a new generation of artists, writers and readers to a publication with a rich history!
Fundraising Goal: $11,500
We have listed our fundraising goal as $500 so we can get the full benefit of any contributions raised via Indiegogo.
Please do not stop pushing for us when we surpass $11,500, we still have 3 issues to publish in 2013. The money raised will support forthcoming issues!
Here's a summary of some costs the campaign supports:
CONTRIBUTORS' FEES: $2,500
EDITING & COPY EDITING: $1,500
PRINTING, DESIGN & POSTAGE: $7,500 (Digital & Print editions)
Total for one issue (44 pages): $11,500
The IMPACT is that you will EMPOWER the writers, artists and readers who cherish the magazine through your contribution.
PLEASE feel free to give more than $5 to support African Voices. The reason we're asking for $5 is we want as many people to join in as possible. Times are challenging for many people but the average person has a five spot to spare.
Your contribution will help us continue our mission to preserve our art, history and culture.
WHAT YOU GET
A positive feeling for supporting a great cause!
EVERYONE gets a digital issue of our Spring 2013 issue!
Contributors making a $35 donation will receive a signed copy of our poetry editor Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie's Karma's Footsteps!
Award winning poet Nikky Finney celebrates Ekere's poetry collection, writing:
"Ekere Tallie's new work Karma's Footsteps is as fierce with fight songs as it is with love songs. Searing with truths from the modern day world she is unafraid of the tweleve foot waves that such honesties always manifest. A poet who 'refuses to tiptoe' she enters and exits the page sometimes with short concise imagery, sometimes in the arms of delicate memoir. Her words pull the forgotten among us back into the lightning of our eyes."
Contributors giving the $60 and $160 level will get a beautiful unframed or framed poster of our Spring 2013 issue featuring Mirlande Jean-Gilles art work "Autumn In the City." Or you may request one of the other equally phenomenal magazine covers from our website. The posters are 18"x24" (you may request an 8"x10" poster).
What we do besides publishing African Voices?
African Voices Communications, Inc., the non-profit arts organization, has a long history of supporting artists through several programs that touch people from eight years old to seventy-five years young.
We believe the arts should impact people’s lives and community activism has been a vital part of our mission.
A brief outline of our arts programming:
African Voices Cultural Circle Conference: The Circle Conference, an annual forum that connects writers and visual artists with the resources they need to pursue careers in publishing and the arts.
Get Your Read On!: Young people are introduced to storytelling and creative writing workshops that nurture their interests in reading and writing.
African Voices Workshops & Performance Series: The series offers emerging writers a chance to develop their craft in weekly workshops and the reading series provides a chance for independent authors to sell and share their work.
Reel Sisters Film of the Diaspora Festival & Lecture Series: Annual film festival that presents work directed, written or produced by women filmmakers.
Ellie Charles Artists Award & Scholarship: Each year, African Voices presents the Ellie Charles Artists Awards to honor artists, community activists and other educators for their contributions to society.
ABOUT US - OUR STAFF:
Carolyn A. Butts, the executive director and publisher of African Voices, has 20 years of organizing programs in the areas of arts, education, business and film. She served as an assistant press secretary to former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall and a press aide to former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger. A former New York Post reporter, Carolyn was featured in Ms. Magazine’s October/November 2001 “Women to Watch” column for her outstanding achievements. Carolyn is also the founder the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series (www.reelsisters.org), an annual Brooklyn-based festival for women of color in the film industry.
Photo Credit: Mark Perkins, Arete Magazine.
Maitefa Angaza is the managing editor of African Voices, an acclaimed, nationally distributed Black arts magazine. She is a co-producer of the documentary In Our Heads About Our Hair (2012) and author of Kwanzaa: From Holiday to Every Day, (Dafina Books, 2007), which climbed to #1 on amazon.com holiday books page. She is the proud former executive editor of the award-winning, now defunct newspaper, The City Sun and also worked as an editor at The Daily Challenge, both New York City publications. Ms. Angaza works also as an independent journalist, public relations and publicitywriter and arts reviewer. Her work has been published in Essence, Black Issues Book Review, The Amsterdam News, Our Time Press, The Network Journal, Positive Community, Dance Attitude and other publications.
Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is a poet, writer, educator, New Yorker and world-wanderer. Her poetry and fiction have been published in several journals including: Crab Orchard Review, Bomb, Long Shot, Paris/Atlantic, Drumvoices Revue, and Carapace. Her works have been anthologized in Listen Up! (One World/Ballantine), Catch The Fire!!! (Penguin/ Putnam), Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Random House), Role Call (Third World Press), Beyond The Frontier (Black Classic Press), The Body Eclectic (Henry Holt), Revenge and Forgiveness (Henry Holt), and The Book of Hope (Beyond Borders). Ekere has taught English and conducted creative writing workshops in London, Amsterdam, New York, Chicago and Rundu (Namibia). She earned her M.A. in Creative Writing from Mills College in 2001 and has a B.A. in Mass Communications from Clark Atlanta University in 1996.
Derick Cross (aka D. Cross) is a multi dimensional visual and performance artist who creates imagery in order to reach deep inside the viewer of his artwork. His work is part of the collections of Erykah Badu (Singer), Ed Lewis(Founder of Essence Communications), Ruby Dee (legendary actress), Judith Jamaison (Alvin Ailey director & legendary dancer/choreographer) and Bashiri Johnson (world renowned percussionist & music producer), among others. He is the Art Director of African Voices. As a performance artist he combines the art of Spoken Word, Vocal Percussion (beatboxing) and Hip-Hop (emceeing/rap), making music to ears of listeners everywhere. D-Cross has been featured on Nickelodean, TV Land BET’s 106’s and Park and the Electric Company.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you are unable to make a $5 contribution, please pass on our invitation to FIVE friends who can!
• Share this campaign on all your social media networks and tweet about the Poer of Five!
• Subscribe to African Voices for $20 (4 issues a year)
• Advertise in our 20th Anniversary issue!
• Buy one of our beautiful posters at www.africanvoices.com
• Contact us about volunteer opportunities at 212-865-2982 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*DONORS LIVING OUTSIDE USA: Supporters living outside of the United States will be asked to pay for additional shipping costs for perks.
Publisher & Power Ranger