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Funding Friday: The Indy Covergence

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Indy Convergence brings artists together to collaborate and take bold steps in their work in an intense two-week residency program in Indianapolis, IN.

The Indy Convergence connects and empowers professional artists of all disciplines through meaningful residencies where artists postercreate new work, collaborate across genres and teach community workshops.

What does that really mean? Each year we choose 12 outstanding professioanl arists to join us in Indianapolis at the Wheeler Arts Community theater in Fountain Square for two weeks. While we’re all there, each artist is given eight and only eight hours of rehearsal to develop a new project with the idea of saying “yes” to themselves.

Each participant also leads a workshop in their area of expertise- everyone must attend each workshop. That means we have dancers singing, directors acting, muscians making puppets and designers writing poems. The wonderful part about these workshops is that they are FREE to anyone who wants to attend. Check out our schedule of workshop in April on our website.

Finally, eveyone who participates in an Indy Convergence residency works on the “Umbrella Project”. No, it’s not about umbrellas. This project is the core of the Indy Convergence mission- to get artists from different backgrounds working successfully together to create something meaningful- not just art for other artists of a certain field.
We hope you’ll join us this year in Fountain Square. There are a bunch of new restaruants opening up down there too. So make it a day and join us for a workshop or our informal Open Lab Performance on June 1, 2013. But, first, for all this to happen we need you to help us reach our goal. Donate now!

The Money Business:

What does your donaiton does….physically in the space once we’ve retrived it from the bank.

$20 will make copies for a new play being presented at Indy Convergence.

$50 covers the cost of one speicalized lighting instrument rental.

$100 will sponsor a workshop that teaches people about how to use  Improvisation in any arts field….or life in general.

$136 covers the cost of one month at our storage unit, so all the things we buy for people can be re-used in a different project next year. Check out how we re-use materials here.

$250 will cover our costs of an entire day at Indy Convergence including gas for transporting participants, space rental, and much needed coffee.

$350 sponsors an entire project. This includes addition space rental, building materials, special props and again… much needed coffee to get those creative juices flowing.

$1,000 will cover most of our administrative costs for the behind the scenes work the staff works on before the big event.

$1,500  covers the theater rental costs for the entire residency….and again, the extra coffee.

No Cash? No Problem!

There are plenty of other ways you can help Indy Convergence reach our $4,500 goal. Do you:

  • Know a blogger who would want to write about us?
  • Know a business owner who could sponsor a program?
  • Have excellent fine motor skills for hanging posters?
  • Want to house an artist?
  • Donate a meal or materials for a project?

If you have any of these or any other unique skills you’d like to donate get in touch with us. And the BEST thing you can do to help is SHARE this like a bad rumor! Contactcaitlin@indyconvergence.org if you have a talent or time you are able to donate.

Arts Hashtags to Follow

A follow up to hashtags, mentioned in last night’s Social Media Broadcast ( http://bit.ly/LinkisLive )


What Are Hashtags (#)?
Via Twitter Help Center

Definition: The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.

Using hashtags to categorizing Tweets by keyword:

  • People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords or phrases (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.
  • Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets in that category.
  • Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end.
  • Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.

As you can see from the above definition, hashtags are important Hashtags help increase the visibility of your tweets beyond your immediate followers. In addition, hashtags are great for finding content focused on a…

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53rd Annual LA County Holiday Celebration

Yesterday I was invited to the dress rehearsal for the LA County’s 53rd Annual Holiday Celebration. More extensive coverage between now and December 24th on Arts4Families & Bitter Lemons, but here is a sneak peek via tweets!

  1. LACountyArts
    Thanks!RT@experiencela: MUST-SEE VIDEO: Jingle Bell Rock Holiday Celebration Lip Dub from @LACountyArts #HCLA #LA # t.co/RFtefrQY
  2. SteveLozier
    At the Holiday Celebration’s Rehearsal. In this vid Adam Davis explains how the day will work. #HCLA yfrog.us/17htqmrzitnostceix…
  3. Invertigo Dance Comp rehearses their celebration of sunny weather #HCLA @ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion http://instagr.am/p/StFT3_mjg1/
  4. Vox Femina LA giving me chills with their rendition of carols. #HCLA @ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion http://instagr.am/p/StF6B7mjhT/
  5. cindymariej
    With almost 20 separate groups performing, today is for everyone to see how they fit together #HCLA
  6. In my very professional opinion, big band is sexy #HCLA @ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion http://instagr.am/p/StH4S5GjjV/
  7. LACountyArts
    Full circle!RT@kamellatate: A living #arts ecosystem at work:Grading @CGUNews #ARMGT359 papers following #HCLA rehearsals @MusicCenterLA.
  8. cindymariej
    Mix of Aztec and Spanish Early Music. Just learned Aztecs couldn’t say the sound “Ooh.” #HCLA
  9. Palmdale HS Choral Union – I did not expect the angelic sounds coming out of these teens #HCLA http://instagr.am/p/StO7YjGjq2/
  10. cindymariej
    OK, you should all go to #HCLA just to see Palmdale HS Choir Union. I am kind of Scroogey & now in holiday spirit. #LAthtr
  11. Want to hear/see behind scenes of 53rd Annual @LACountyArts Holiday Celebration? Follow #HCLA – so cool! #LAfamilies http://pic.twitter.com/ZGDEDWlp
  12. Correction: this is La Cafeteras, not La Capateras ! Great music for #HCLA http://pic.twitter.com/WxWoptAm
  13. Mariachi Sol de Mexico chill my spine with O Holy Night #HCLA @ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion http://instagr.am/p/StSY4IGjvT/
  14. cindymariej
    Producer Adam Sharp had a moment when he walked into The Colburn School Choir “I can see you all growing up on the #HCLA show every year”
  15. The girls from Colburn School perked up when red vs white shirts suggested, so that’s their color! #HCLA http://instagr.am/p/StT3Q5GjhA/
  16. Maya from Colburn School choir has the best shirt! #HCLA #doctorwho @ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion http://instagr.am/p/StUL94GjhT/
  17. @jouyssance has a unique sound combining #Aztec and early #Spanish music. #HCLA http://pic.twitter.com/WV3EkGyn
  18. cindymariej
    More on #HCLA & where I will post write up of today- 53rd @LACountyArts Holiday Celebration wp.me/p2UMEz-d via @OutreachNerd
  19. stefissimo
    Back from a great run-through for the 53rd Annual L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION! #HCLA youtu.be/9BxMG8yfScY
  20. RT if you’re dreaming of a “White Christmas” South Bay Children’s Choir is #HCLA http://pic.twitter.com/0dCbiTkQ
  21. Correction: this is Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble with beautiful songs #HCLA http://instagr.am/p/StkR8xmjkh/
  22. Angels we have heard on high appropriate for these angelic voices from Immac Heart of Mary #HCLA http://instagr.am/p/StlcgUmjmK/
  23. It’s Christmas time in New Orleans with Vaud & the Villains #HCLA http://instagr.am/p/StnT_iAhAc/
  24. Family Life Center Sanctuary Choir serenades us w/ “Emanuel” #HCLA http://instagr.am/p/StpMNPGjq5/
  25. cindymariej
    “What we want to do, is we want to tear the house down in less than 5 min” – Laura Zucker @LACountyArts #HCLA
  26. It’s a #handbell orchestra! Don’t need those tables. Harmonic Bronze innovates. #HCLA http://pic.twitter.com/bKfM9Hqa
  27. cindymariej
    Pacific Dance Company just wowed us all with their performance. Couldn’t capture decent pics w/ phone but from camera later #HCLA
  28. LACountyArts
    @PacificoDance wows with dance from Oaxaca. Producer @lazucker : “This is my new favorite piece.” #HCLA
  29. cindymariej
    Heard that people line up on Christmas Eve to get their favorite seats to #HCLA . It’s also televised, broadcast and live streamed
  30. Shakti Dance preps for their piece. Magnificent colors. #HCLA only 2 more groups to go http://pic.twitter.com/JuddQ0Y0
  31. kimglann
    With their amazing voices & passion, even a nonbeliever like me gets goosebumps listening to Spirit Chorale of LA. #HCLA
  32. Shakti Dance Company with a wonderful piece for #HCLA ! They’re at beginning of video I’ll share soon too. http://instagr.am/p/Stx4c_mjlW/
  33. LACountyArts
    Rehearsal ends with Second Samoan Cong Ch Choir. Ty to all 20 groups and @cindymariej for tweeting about us all day #HCLA

Bullying in the Arts: Ep2 w/ Jeffrey Wylie

Bullying in the Arts Ep2

Jeffrey Wylie of “Texas Loves Lyla”


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WATCH Bullying in the Ars Ep1 w/ Gregory Crafts

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Go Beyond the Blurb on Mondays

Arts Outreach is a huge part of The CMJ Stories. Every Monday I go Beyond the Blurb of an indie artist’s work, non profit or cause to cultivate more of their audience. Wednesday is Wild Card Day, and usually includes live streams with great speakers!

Here is a clip of the theme song, composed by Adam Emperor Southard.

The playlist of interviews conducted so far:

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