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Thendara Foundation has awarded $1500 to Aberfan (7 pianos, percussion, voice and tools of rescue). Many, many thanks!
My deep gratitude to Foster Reed, who submitted this request on behalf of Aberfan, for his long held faith and support of my project.
This grant will go towards the recording. Please join the effort and enable this to happen!
D O N A T E
Aberfan is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt organization. Contributions are tax deductible.
A difficult and singular endeavor that has carried itself through me over years (and will continue to do so) would be impossible to realize without the help from those for whom Aberfan resonates, whether personally, spiritually or environmentally. For everyone that gives to this undertaking, know that its enduring and significant impact is now also in your hands.
Please make your contribution here to support the making of a studio recording.
Many thanks to The United Congregational Church of Conway (Massachusetts) for their $100 contribution yesterday to Aberfan.
This generous gift, in combination with my posting yesterday about a completed grant application, made me once again appreciate the necessity of donations of all sizes. Grants for thousands of dollars are highly competitive, and therefore uncertain. Individual donations like this one, however, form the backbone of everything I am trying to do. Each one gets us closer to being able to actualize this project.
For centuries, patrons have been essential to bringing art into the world.
A difficult and singular endeavor that has carried itself through me over years (and will continue to do so) would be impossible to realize without the help from those for whom Aberfan resonates. For everyone that gives to this undertaking, know that its enduring and significant impact is now also in your hands.
If you would wish your contribution to be publicly shared, as did The United Congregational Church of Conway, I would be happy to do so.
For giving to Aberfan, please go to tinyurl.com/FundAberfan.
After months of preparation and not a little stress, another application made it out. What astonished me, in finding answers to questions on the application, was to realize the deep thread that has been running through my work all along. A great gift to find meaning.
Here is an excerpt:
“Aberfan articulates a broadening and deepening of practice far beyond what I’ve experienced before, yet inclusive of everything before it. What began on my knees, crouched in a narrow darkened tunnel cut towards a far away light opening into vast space, over years has been the search for my own creative voice in composition. Aberfan became symbol of the greater, where time and form are permeable — where opposites are contained and held together in agonizing fusion, irregular shapes of risen cadences into a whole.”
Deep thanks to Ian Smith-Heisters for his part in helping me with the application.
To contribute to the recording of Aberfan, please go to www.tinyurl.com/FundAberfan.