Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Ten Ways to Support Your Local Artists and Creators

Joie Grandbois
There is a lot of talk about supporting local artists.  We all think we should, we know it is a good thing, but we can't always afford tickets to show, to buy a piece of artwork, or attend a workshop.  So what you can you that will help your local artists and creators but not break your wallet if things are financially tight?

1. Like/follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc:  If your favorite band, dancer, or artist has a social media page take the time to like it.  If you want to go one step further you can share their page with your friends along with a few words about why you think they are awesome.

2. Like and comment on posts:  Does a post for a class or a show/exhibition that your favorite artist is a part of come up on your feed?  See an awesome YouTube video that they posted?  Like it and add a comment.  This helps to boost it in the feed so that others will see it as well.

3. Invite friends to their events:  If you see an event that you can't attend but a friend might be interested, send them an invite.  It means more when it comes from a friend who they know and it again helps increase the visibility of the artist's page.

4. Write a short review:  If you attended a show or just really like the artist, write a short review of why you like their work and send it to them.  It doesn't have to be long or the worlds greatest paragraph of support, but a testimonial from you that they can share helps them show others that real people like their work and it will also help make them feel good too.  Knowing people like their work really helps keep the creative fires going.

5.  Support their Patreon page:  Many artists have Patreon pages to support their work.  This can be a critical source of ongoing funding for their projects and creations.  Most artists have options as low as $2 a month to support their work and that usually entitles you to some pretty cool perks that they share only with patrons.  Once you decide to support an artist, be sure to share their Patreon page with others to help spread the word.

6. Totally broke?  Share their Patreon page: If you can't support their page then share it with others along with a few words about why you would if you weren't currently existing on instant ramen and lentils at the moment.  And of course, if things turn around...take a moment to go back and offer your support.

7. Recommend them to local event organizers:  Do you have an awesome music/theater/dance /art festival that happens in your town and you really think your favorite band/theater group/dance collective should be a part of it, contact the organizers.  A local person recommending an artist shows the organizers that there is local interest in them and that they will likely sell more tickets.

8. Follow them on Spotify and other music services  Okay, this one is pretty much for bands and podcast creators, but if you are an independent artist, getting noticed on these platforms is not always easy.  The more fans that seek them out and show their support the better for them.

9. Sign up for their mailing list:  This is probably the best way to keep in touch with your favorite artists.  Social media algorithms change constantly and it can be a bit of a crapshoot which posts will appear in  your feed.   A newsletter allows the artist to send their newsletter right to your inbox so you won't miss a thing.  Plus it feels really good when you get that little notification that someone new has signed up!

10. When you aren't so broke, show up:  If things turn around and times are not so tight.  Buy a ticket to a show once in a while and bring a friend!

Do you have some other ideas on how to help your favorite local artists?  Please share them in the comments!  Thank you. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Year of Embodiment - Owning yourself can be scary!

This week's video blog post I share a quote from Oprah Winfrey

I would rather own myself and take the risk of losing everything. You could lose big, but you could also win big. You own yourself. You own yourself! And that choice changed everything for me.

Owning yourself can be a wonderful thing and we often talk about how good it is to be authentic, to fully embody yourself, but we rarely talk about what a frightening experience that can also be, and why we so often hesitate without really understanding why.

Monday, March 5, 2018

April Circle: First Full Moon of Spring!

April 1 - 7:30 - 10:00PM

Location:  Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine

Cost:  By donation - ($5 suggested to help cover the cost of space rental and supplies)

These open circles are offered monthly, on the first Sunday evening of the month (there are some exceptions) with the purpose of providing a space for members of the Pagan community to come together to celebrate and create connection. The circle ritual focus changes from month to month depending upon the time of year.

April Circle:  First Full  Moon of Spring!
The first full moon of Spring! In this month's circle we will focus on new growth and what we hope to nurture in the coming month. Guests are welcome to bring a crystal, talisman, or other item to place on the altar to charge during the ritual as a moon charm to help remind us of our intention.

Folks are also welcome to bring a snack to share for the post-circle community time.

Please bring:
- Yourself!
- A snack to share <3
- A talisman to charge during the ritual


7:30 - 8:00:Arrival and introductions
8:00 - 8:30ish: Circle
8:30ish - 10:00: Community/socializing time

This event is free but donations to cover costs, such as space rental, are welcome. The venue is mobility accessible.

If you are not one to carry cash and would like to offer support you may use the PayPal button below.

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