A Huge Thank You To Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation, Arts Without Limits & Our Wonderful Volunteers
I wanted to take this time to first say a huge thank you to Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation, Arts Without Limits, The City of Santa Barbara and all our wonderful volunteers. Girls Rock is very grateful to you all.
Girls Rock SB! has been making leaps and bounds this month. Here are some of the things we’ve been up to:
-Our website is about 99 % finished right now. Alicia ( our amazing web genius )is just fixing the employment applications and camper applications so that I actually receive them:) We are starting a video blog series where we feature one female musician in our community once a month.. it’s an interview and mini concert. Marley Quinn is going to start us off! very excited about this.
-Santa Barbara Parks and Rec. looks like they have a space for our summer program, I will keep you updated as soon as I know!
- Arts Without Limits is our official fiscal sponsor, which means we are all set to fund raise out little hearts out! Every dollar raised is now tax deductible.
-We talked a lot about fundraising at our first volunteer meeting last week. Our fundraising goal for summer is $15k. I think it’s very do-able! That money goes 100 % to scholarship funds and purchasing of musical instruments. We talked about lots of different ideas for meeting that fundraising goal. I would love YOUR input also! here are some ideas that were thrown around: Kickstarter, secret cafe, a cabaret show * more on this below, a silent auction, corporate sponsorship, grant writing, used instrument drive, skydiving ( I think we’ve tabled this one for now though). I welcome any ideas!
- We didn’t get too much into talking about PR and Marketing, but we will at the next meeting. I have lots of ideas on this: everything from social media ( such as the web blog series) to flyering the town, PSA’s. All the fundraising events will be great advertising…etc…Again I welcome your ideas here too!
**** I thought a lot about the idea of having a cabaret as a fundraiser last night,and had a cool idea that I wanted to share with you all. I thought about putting together an urban circus that comes together for one night – more specifically for Valentine’s Day. I would talk to local performers and dance companies and musicians ( basically all my friends, lol) and pair bands and musicians with dancers…etc…for example…. on act could be an aerial act with a live cellist playing – they dancers and musician would collaborate with the theme of “love, relationships…” think an urban Zumanity ( if you don’t know that show , google it and watch some videos – it’s fantastic!). Another idea would be to take ballerinas and put them under black lights and have a live punk band play….the idea is an urban circus with the theme of anything Valentine’s Day Esque. We would serve chocolate dipped strawberries and have court jesters recite Shakespeare…think…trapeze, aerial arts, poi , fire hoping, retro ballet gone rogue, acro yoga, poetry, mini theatre acts,comedy, lots of music – well known musicians and local kid bands, individual musicians too! I was thinking the Marjorie Luke theatre and i was thinking two shows : a before dinner show and after dinner show. Thoughts? I think it would be a lot of work and also something really unique and exciting for SB. Any one interested in helping with this? Do you feel inspired?