Cedar Seeder Announces New Projects
The Cedar Cultural Center’s community based fundraising platform Cedar Seeder brings five new projects to the Twin Cities. Cedar Seeder is powered by supporters like you that want to make innovative, exciting arts projects come to life. Local artists propose an idea to The Cedar, define incentives for fans to pledge money, and set a fundraising goal and deadline. If the money is raised by the deadline, the project happens. If it does not, the donors do not get charged and the project does not happen. So if you would like to participate in some truly unique musical performances, exciting arts initiatives, and more, make your way to thecedar.org/seeder.
Here are the projects currently featured on Cedar Seeder:
The award winning Rain Taxi Review of Books will create an entire literary journal in merely twelve hours. Beginning at noon on August 25th at The Cedar, any writers or illustrators are invited to come in and workshop different pieces with various editors for premier literary institutions. Electronic submissions are also accepted. Around 6 pm, the editors will select their favorite pieces, format the journal, and send it off for printing. During this segment, local Twin Cities bands with literary connections will be playing acoustic sets on The Cedar’s outdoor patio. The night will culminate at midnight when the finalized version of the literary magazine is released!
Project goal: $5,250 by August 3. Check out their Cedar Seeder page here.
Zach Kline and Jacob Lawson: Weekend Strings Concert and Workshop
These two violinists will organize a two-day workshop for students of all levels that are interested in learning alternative, non-classical styles of music for strings. They will focus
heavily on improvisation. At the end of the two-day workshop, Zach and Jacob along with their students and local group The Orange Mighty Trio will put on a concert at The Cedar. The workshop will be held at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts on August 11 and 12.
Project goal: $2,400 by July 30. Check out their Cedar Seeder page here.
Book This Show: Fanfare Ciocărlia!
Described as a gypsy music phenomenon by The Independent, featured in the blockbuster comedy, Borat, and inspiring brass bands around the world, Fanfare Ciocărlia promise a once in a lifetime performance. Welcomed and loved by everyone from punks to classical buffs, this band is something you will not want to miss. Hailing from Romania, the band has not toured the U.S, for nearly a decade and has never visited Minnesota! If the funds are raised to bring this truly unique brass band to The Cedar, their concert will take place on the night of September 26.
Project goal: $3,000 by September 1. Check out their Cedar Seeder page here.
Latina Rituals Project
Maria Isa was recently granted a 416 Club Commission as part of the upcoming 2013 series funded by The Jerome Foundation. However, her project requires some additional funds due to its extraordinary scope. Maria Isa will collaborate with Adriana Rimpel of Malamanya (a local Cuban son and salsa band) to create a five song EP exploring the continual growth of and empowerment of women as they track their musical heritage in both the Twin Cities and abroad. In order to accomplish this, these two ladies will travel to Puerto Rico where they work and record with traditional Afro-Boricua musicians. They will then return to Minneapolis to finish recording and collaborate with local Twin Cities’ artists. They hope to document the many facets of the modern day Latina. The additional funds raised through Cedar Seeder will go towards workshop fees in Puerto Rico, honoraria for musicians and artists in Puerto Rico, and EP post- production costs.
Project goal: $2,600 by September 14. Check out their Cedar Seeder page here.
Cliterature: A Feminist Book Club
This small group of twenty-somethings is exploring what it means to write about women and feminism, both yesterday and today. They read a vast array of literature ranging from memoir to novel to poetry. The book club has an online component where they host a virtual book club in the hopes of encouraging other women to join the discussion. Cliterature will post their reading list, relevant links, discussion questions, and overall thoughts on the writing pieces that they are reading. Interested community members can follow along and add their own insights to the conversation to create a network of feminists in the Twin Cities. This reading group hopes to foster a love for reading in women of all ages and have some fun while they do it!
Project goal: $200 by September 1. Check out their Cedar Seeder page here.