Great Things From Small Beginnings, Yes

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Friends, please consider the wonderfulness that will be schoolchildren all across the country participating in wrapping the real Saturn V moon rocket in inspirational, dream quilt squares that they conceive of and construct themselves. This is the dream -- it's on Kickstarter right now:

From the Kickstarter page:
In 2008, a group of educators and artists formed the International Fiber Collaborative (IFC) a non-profit organization with a mission to create deeper learning experiences through art, collaboration, and cross-curricular programming for individuals and their communities.

About The Dream Rocket Project

IFC’s current initiative, The Dream Rocket Project, started in 2009 and is a multi-year project with an ultimate goal of collecting 8,000 artworks which will be assembled side by side to wrap a Saturn V Moon Rocket replica for a 60 day exhibition, May 1 - June 30, 2014.

Submissions have been received by individuals, groups and schools from 17 countries, 46 states, and 365 communities. We have had an increase by 80% in new submissions each quarter.

Over 130 venues have collaborated with us in exhibiting over 4,200 submissions. We have increased 425% in the number of exhibits completed over the last three years.

View artwork submissions on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/thedreamrocket/

Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist with The American Museum of Natural History in New York, and Director of its famed Hayden Planetarium, is an internationally known science advocate. He encouraged the IFC to incorporate the dream symbolism into the project because, “The Saturn V is the ideal icon to represent a big dream. This rocket was designed and built as a collaboration of nearly half-a-million people and allowed our human species to venture beyond our world and stand on another – surely one of the biggest dreams of all time. Enabling the dreams of young people to touch this mighty rocket sends a powerful message.”

I'm participating in this, supporting it, and working to bring an exhibit of some of the artwork to our school (if you're interested in your school being a host too, see here).  Thank you!

The Southern Documentary Fund is sponsoring 'Brother Joseph and the Grotto' -- a documentary on the life and work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, the monk who dreamed and built Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, Alabama.  It's an Indiegogo campaign too.  Loving this:

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