So, I've had this idea cooking in the back of my mind for quite awhile now. I think when I get home, it's gonna be time to make it happen for reals. The exciting part is, I found a grant to apply to that might help me make this easier, and spend less of my own money to get going.
This is what I want to do:
Malagasy Cultural Night/Art Exhibit/Benefit:
- I'll finish my Madagascar painting series (trying to have like 10-12 BIG pieces, and some smaller ones). I've done a few already - they're all inspired by different aspects of my experience in Madagascar with the Peace Corps. Everything will be for sale, along with a ton of 8 x 10 prints that I'll sell for like $20. All or most profits will go to the organization, PSI (Population Services International), and will be directed towards their branch in Madagascar. (This organization provides health education, birth control education and supplies, hygiene education and supplies, and things like mosquito nets for families, etc. They're just awesome, and hands down the organization I was most impressed with while I was there....besides Peace Corps of course...haha).
- I have saved a huge pile of the best art that the little kiddos made while I lived in Madagascar. I have pictures of most of the kids who drew them, so I'll have some framed kid art on display also, with their photos and a short blurb about them, beside each one.
- I might give a little talk and/or have a slideshow running of my Mada pictures.
- Of COURSE, there will be Malagasy music going...so good!
- I might invite the UofO Peace Corps Recruiter to come and have a little table there if they want.
- Food, drinks, duh!
- No cover, but a donation jar for $$$ for PSI.
-Try to pick a venue that is on the First Friday Art Walk in Eugene, so lots of people come!
So, that's it! I must do this, no? I've been chipping away at the series, slowly....painting when I feel like it....but I think this needs to happen soon, while Mada is still sorta fresh in my mind. Yay!!