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Help power the Carl Wagan Bookmobile-- a mobile gallery, publications studio, library, classroom, and dream machine-- all inside of a 1988 VW camper van!
Shannon Gerard
Toronto, Ontario
1 Team Member

Hiya! My name is Shannon Gerard. I am a writer, an artist and a colossal dreamer. I teach Publications and Print at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, and I run the Carl Wagan Bookmobile.

What are the dreams closest to your heart?

Take a minute to consider your wildest dreams, the things you have always wanted to make, the places you have always wanted to go. The Carl Wagan Bookmobile can help you articulate those dreams through art making.

Partly motivated by the passionate work of astronomer Carl Sagan, The Carl Wagan Bookmobile is a manifestation of my highest ideals—play, imagination, rigour, and outreach.

Carl is a mobile gallery, publications studio, library, classroom, and dream machine—all contained within a 1988 VW Westfalia camper van.  Through Carl, I teach workshops in screenprinting, bookbinding, zine making, and creative writing, collaborating with various communities to tell stories and to generate artists’ books. Participants come away with self-published works, new studio skills, and a sense of the possibilities that can emerge when we come together to make art!

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Why The Carl Wagan Bookmobile is Important

I believe that publication—with its emphasis on public engagement, exchange and distribution—is an ideal tool for addressing our human-ness and for sharing that human-ness with others. My work employs play as a tool for research, education, and discovery. If you are a dreamer, the Carl Wagan provides resources to help you tell your essential stories and to connect with others.

The Mission

In July and August of 2013, the mission is to drive Carl from Toronto to Newfoundland, stopping at artist-run centres, community spaces, educational initiatives, print shops, arts and literary festivals, bars, homes—you name it—to lead workshops, produce publications, meet people, and inspire new ideas!

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Bigger on the Inside!

The Carl Wagan Bookmobile first developed in collaboration with the OCAD University Student Gallery during their summer camp programing in 2012, where we used the van as a library, bookmaking workshop, and performance space. Summer camp activity included ukulele jams, sing-alongs, crochet, and even s’mores—all activities to mediate the creative process and nurture intimacy.

Since then it has become a flexible community space, operating as a mobile playground, opening up at large street festivals, serving as an artist’s residency, and driving down to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art for a student response/performance in the gallery.

I would like to expand the scope and impact of Carl’s transformative potential into new cities.

In order for Carl’s summer tour to run, I need your help!

I’m working with the design dream-team ALSO Collective to produce a short documentary film and a book that tell the first part of Carl’s story. We will also be creating new publications in every city we visit and leading workshops and hosting community events. Those materials need backers (and makers and readers and revelers!) to get made and to reach a broad audience. The film and books demonstrate the possibilities that can emerge through collaboration, and also inspire other visionaries to live the lives of their dreaming.

I would like each workshop and engagement to be accessible to anyone. Your contribution will go a long way to lifting financial barriers for participants.

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Gogo Badges


Some of the perks derive from the first enthusiastic manifestations of the project:

Carl Wagan patches and badges, including Participants' patches and Achievement Awards!
Carl Wagan T-shirts!
Our short documentary film about Carl's first year!
Our book about Carl's history and first enthusiastic projects!

Some perks will spring from collaborations on the road:

The whole library of books we make on the tour!
New faces: Your portrait drawn as a Carl Wagan Junior Scout

Each perk in some way helps to fuel the dream—they are instruments that go out into the world and spur-on more dreaming! If we can make something this great, anyone can!

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Get Involved!

The flexibility and potential created by a crowd-sourced campaign are very exciting intersections with Carl’s emphasis on PEOPLE! If you can’t give financially, there are lots of ways you can be part of the project!

Help spread the word by sharing this campaign across your social and professional channels, like Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest. Tag #carlwagan on Twitter and Instagram!

Send me feedback or share your own community-driven visions and work! Let’s cross-pollinate! Email me on shannon@shannongerard.org.

If we’re coming through your town and you have space to shelter or feed our small group, please let us know when you might be available and how many folks you can support.

If you work with or know of a space or project or festival or group that might be interested in participating, put us in touch!

Billions and Billions of Thank Yous

The Carl Wagan Bookmobile is about people, and it needs people to run. Help us power this project so we can share the dream with others!



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This campaign ended on April 22, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $10CAD
    Participant Badge & Zine

    Welcome on board the Carl Wagan Bookmobile, camper! We're happy you're here. Look for your Participant Badge and a 16 page MINI ZINE about The Wagan in the mail soon. Thanks for your participation!

    4 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $20CAD
    Carl Wagan T-Shirt

    Carl Wagan MEN'S CUT t-shirts come in orange or grey with the logo printed in brown. WOMEN'S CUT t-shirts come in white or grey with the logo printed in brown. Standard sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL. Please specify your cut, colour and size. Wear this t-shirt with pride, camper! Includes a Carl Wagan 2-inch pinback button!

    11 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $25CAD
    Achievement Awards

    Here at the The Carl Wagan Bookmobile, we had to make up a new word to describe our mandate: "KEENERISM. A philosophy that places an extremely high value on the enthusiastic pursuit of achievement, meaning, and human connection." Wear or distribute a collection of our 6 Achievement Awards: General Excellence, Exceeds Expectation, Good Work, Statistically Average, Needs Improvement, Remedial Assistance Required. (Substitutions & combinations are possible. Just drop us a note)

    7 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $25CAD
    The BOOK!

    The Carl Wagan Team and ALSO Collective are producing a 60-80 page book telling the first part of Carl's story, from a dream, to a summer camp program, to a mobile playground, artists' residency and cross-country dream machine! Carl's story will be printed on a risograph with a screenprinted cover. Each book includes a small, random selection of Carl Wagan pin-back buttons and scouting patches and a fold out, screenprinted poster! Book design by ALSO Collective.

    7 out of 300 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $25CAD
    The FILM on DVD

    This short documentary film (approx 25 minutes) chronicles the first year of the Carl Wagan Bookmobile. The film tells the whole backstory (Shannon's family history includes travelling puppeteers!), documents the initial community programs offered through Carl, and includes several inspiring interviews with participants. Each DVD includes a random selection of Carl Wagan Scouting Badges and a fold-out, screenprinted poster! Produced by ALSO Collective.

    0 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $45CAD
    The BOOK and FILM

    This perk is a special package including the BOOK telling Carl's story, a DVD of the 25 minute documentary film about the first year of the project, a random selection of Carl Wagan pin-back buttons and scouting badges, and the screen printed poster. Produced by ALSO Collective.

    4 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $100CAD
    BOOKS from the ROAD

    Want the entire library of books we produce in communities across the eastern seaboard along with the initial book about Carl's inception? This be the way to get the whole shebang!

    7 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $100CAD
    Your Portrait as Junior Scout

    Shannon loves to draw! This perk includes one portrait of beautiful YOU wearing a Carl Wagan Scout Neckerchief. You just need to email Shannon a high res photo of yourself and you'll get the original drawing at 8" x 10" in the mail plus a digital copy to use however you like!

    2 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $1,000CAD
    Bring Carl to your Town

    The 2013 summer tour will roughly happen: East of Toronto, Ontario & West of Fogo Island, Newfoundland & North of New York City & South of the Saint Lawrence River. Do you live within those estimated boundaries and want to BRING CARL TO YOUR TOWN? Cause we would LOOOOOVE to visit! Tour dates are estimated in July and early August. Choose this perk and get in touch about particulars!

    0 out of 12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
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