Maintenance for Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project

by Art Forces and Rachel Corrie Foundation

WA

UPDATE: Dear All:

As mentioned in our last update- we have reached our minimum goal of $6000.

Your generosity has made this possible. We are very moved and more appreciate you more than you may know! You have made saving the mural possible!

Please consider helping us to reach our ‘stretch’ goal of $13,000. With these monies we will be able to develop the project, bringing it more fully in relation to the current political moment with updated content, expanded audio/visual programming, solar lights for the mural and adjacent parking-lot-by-day, event-space-by-weekend evenings.

Here are 6 things you can do to help:

1. Share this Hatchfund campaign with your communities! Every donation counts! 

2. "Like" our Facebook pages if you haven't already and follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

Olympia Rafah Solidarity Mural Project: https://www.facebook.com/orsmp/ @orsmp

Art Forces: https://www.facebook.com/ArtForces/ @artforces

Rachel Corrie Foundation: https://www.facebook.com/rcfoundation/ @rcfoundation

3. "Like" our posts on FB! The more “likes” a particular post gets, the more views it will receive within our network. Even the simplest "like" could result in a donation!

4. Share our posts on FB, retweet our tweets on Twitter.

5. Create a post on FB or Twitter and share what inspires you about the ORSMP and spread the word about our campaign.

6. Donate, as much or as little as possible, every little bit counts!

Thank you,

Art Forces and Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice

PS Check out our video from Rachel Corrie Foundation Peaceworks Conference 2011, where we installed a new leaf on the mural promoting Boycott Divestment and Sanctions. This was part of fulfilling the mural project's commitment to use culture as an organizing tool for social change and justice.

https://vimeo.com/25093596

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A Tale of Two Cities–The Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural needs your support for repairs and maintenance. We seek $6,000 to complete this work before it starts raining!

 A Tale of Two Cities~Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project (ORSMP) is a four thousand square foot interdisciplinary art project located in downtown Olympia WA that began in 2007.  ORSMP was produced by Art Forces and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice. The project is directed by Susan Greene and was made possible by the collective effort of more than 200 groups and individuals worldwide. Each participant contributed an image which was attached to 4 x 7-foot leaf-shaped plywood cut-out and attached to the image of an immense tree. Participants include organizations representing anti-war veterans, environmental justice, anti-racism, an end to incarceration, freedom for political prisoners, free radio and media, solidarity, LGBTQ rights, and more.

The mural was inspired by the life of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old college student from Olympia who was killed in Gaza in 2003 by Israeli forces as she stood in the path of a DC 9 bulldozer attempting to demolish the home of a Palestinian doctor.  The mural honors all those who struggle for justice and strives to make connections across movements and distances and Rachel's dream of making Olympia into a sister city with Rafa, Gaza Strip.

The mural space continues to develop – with several large-scale community events each year– including Arts Walk and annual Social Justice Bloc Party.

After 10 years of Olympia winters, the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project needs repairs. We are seeking $6,000 to inspect wall, reinforce the leaves and seal the wall. We have put together a great team to complete the work in September 2017.

*Budget - including Stretch Goal*

Materials/Supplies $1000.00

Artist Honorarium(s) $3000.00

Rental Fees $1500.00

Perk Costs $300.00

Administrative Fee $500.00

Meals $200.00

Shipping $150.00

Solar Lighting For Mural and Parking Lot $3000.00

Social Justice Bloc Party $3000.00

Increased Electricity for events at the Mural $500.00

Our stretch goal is to fund solar lights for the mural and adjacent parking lot, increased electricity for events, and hosting the Third Annual Social Justice bloc part in spring 2018.