There are three things you should know about our summer fundraising campaign:
1. It keeps us going over the summer months.
2. New gifts will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $10,000.
3. It's a video and it's incredible. Have a look right here.
Find a very special place in The Boring Store's heart and on its walls by way of the "Jazzer-spies" Design Contest, running now through August 15, 2013. After discovering a treasure trove of Jane Fonda-era exercise tapes made especially for the everyday agent, The Boring Store has launched a restoration project --replacing the faded labelswith updated (though era-appropriate) designs. We are currently seeking eager designers to help with the renovation of these very important labels. The best designer amongst you creative-operatives will receive further opportunities for glory, and all entrants will be eligible to win a gift certificate for their next boring-spree.
Step one: SELECT A TITLE (from the list at the bottom of this post)
Step two: CRAFT A LABEL – 3 1/8” x 1 7/8”, 300dpi in pdf format
Label designs can be traditional (see: this) or nontraditional (see: your imagination)! Opportunities abound for playfulness with standard label language: copyrights/FBI Warnings/run-times/cast/synopsis/etc. When you are done….
Step three: SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Jazzer-spies”. All submissions must be made by August 15, 2013 to be eligible for entry in the drawing.
TITLES FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE:
On Sunday, June 9, six After-School Tutoring students and two high schoolers from our In-School at Golder College Prep gathered in the Mash Tent to read their latest pieces. You can find pictures on our Facebook!
Help us pack the tent this Saturday afternoon as our high school students read from their forthcoming publication, "The Windows Reflect Everything," a collection of Longform Journalism and Creative Nonfiction. You can find us in the Mash Tent at 2:30pm!
Afterwards, visit our booth to peruse our collection of student work. We'll be somewhere on Dearborn St, between Congress and Polk. Check our Twitter Saturday morning to learn our exact booth location!
826CHI is the charity beneficiary of Bellwether, a summer kick-off festival brought to you by the folks behind Renegade Craft Fair, Vintage Bazaar, and the Hideout.
Bellwether is a celebration of locally produced goods, music, objects, and art; including records, speciality goods, vintage, and home decor. There will be food vendors and trucks, performances by local artists and musicians, drafts from Revolution Brewery, cocktails from Death's Door, and wine from Oliver Winery!
Friends of 826CHI are welcome to sign up for festival volunteer shifts; taking tickets at the door, serving wine/beer, being your smiley and summery and wonderful selves. After your three-hour shift is over, you'll have free access to dozens of DIY workshops led by Chicago's most talented craftsters, concerts by local musicians, exclusive film screenings, and cupfulls of Revolution beer. What better way to kick off summer?
From thoughtfully including us in their Eve Week bag promotion to donating healthy snacks to After-School Tutoring, Whole Foods’ generosity toward 826CHI knows no bounds. This time, they’ve gifted five hundred mini cupcakes and brownies to April’s Promic-Con, effectively sugarizing the Prom and providing our staff with frosting fixes for the week that followed. They didn’t stop there, though, and bestowed upon us a $500 cash donation.
Whole Foods’ investment is a big deal to us. Their frequent support allows us to continue the free programming we provide to Chicago Public School students; inspiring creativity, reinforcing learning, and empowering these young people through self-expression. 826CHI is committed to investing in a better Chicago and relishes any opportunity to partner with local businesses doing the same.
To see pictures of our students and tutors goofing around whilst enjoying mini treats, visit our Facebook:
And now, a haiku of gratitude:
Thanks for the brownies
we ate them all up. Your cup-
cakes, too, were tasty.