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PROPOSAL: Intergenerational Learning Nights

Monday, October 29, 2012 | Posted by Alex
The City School

Describe your project.
Our project is a series of four intergenerational events taking place November 2012 thru February 2013:

November: Intergenerational Teach-In about Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky and the Prison Industrial Complex. This event is building toward a larger event featuring these two people taking place on December 8th.

December 20: Intergenerational ArtFest. An artfest is an event where we ask everyone to come and share art (performance, visual or otherwise) related to theme. It is similar to a talent show but different in that we believe everyone is an artist, or can share art that inspires them.

January: Intergenerational Movie Night. We will gather and watch a film together. We do this every month or two, and often include dinner and discussion. Recent movies have included Cracking The Codes about the system of racial inequality and Dear Mandela about a youth activist in South Africa.

February: Intergenerational Vagina Monologues. Our most ambitious intergenerational event – we plan to host an intergenerational performance of the Vagina Monologues.

How will you use the grant to make your idea happen?
The money will go for the following:
Food: ~ $500 – We will provide drinks and light snacks at our November teach in, our January Movie Night, and our February performance. We will provide dinner at our December Artfest.
Outreach: ~ $200 – We will create flyers and spend time outreaching for all four events, with the February Vagina Monologue event taking up the bulk of the outreach budget.
Tickets for Movie Night: ~ $200 – In January, depending on the choice of movie, we will purchase tickets for all youth attending the film.

Why and to whom is your project important?
This project is important to our community and organization, as intergenerational relationships, learning and support are needed for the holistic development of all people, especially young people. Each of our events is geared towards this in general, and then has a specific added importance. The teach in supports a deeper understanding around prisons and encourages people to attend our December 8 event with Angela Davis and Noam Chomsky. The Artfest encourages all people to nurture our creative sides. The movie night supports continues learning on the movie’s topic and discussion, which has yet to be determined. In February, Vagina Monologues build on our ongoing gender work to fight sexism and empower women and gender queer people.

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