Project Proposal: Why We Stay: Marshall Islands
Why We Stay: Marshall Islands is the next in a series of photo folklore projects by Why We Stay. The project will capture at least 100 photo portraits of residents of Springfield and additional landscapes and cityscapes to provide a sense of place. Using the established techniques developed by the Why We Stay project, these photos are mixed with audio and demographic data to create a more three dimensional portrait of Springfield, Vermont.
What Why We Stay: Marshall Islands Includes:
-Custom website with portraits, audio stories, and landscapes
-200 color and black and white signed copies of the first printing of Why We Stay: Marshall Islands
-All portraits and landscapes available for custom printing at economical prices directly through the website
-Inclusion in all future promotions and marketing of Why We Stay
-Final copy of printed book donated to local library
-Chris and Nate available for public discussion, marketing, and presentations based on the work created
How we can make this happen together through charitable donations:
The cost to produce the project, including photography, audio recording, data capture, editing, design, and printing of books is $15,000. All books are printed in Vermont, in this case they will be printed in the actual town where the projects is taking place. (Thanks SPC Marcom Studio!)
Why We Stay is a program of the non-profit Cornish Colony Arts Council, which raises all funds required for Why We Stay. Why We Stay seeks individuals, corporations, or other partners for funding to make each project a reality. There are benefits to donating, examples include:
-You will be part of the creation of a historical document about your town, which is presented in print, online, and with audio and folklore elements. This is the feel good benefit!
-You will be listed as a Presenter of the project on the title page or in the Acknowledgements section in the first printing of Why We Stay: Marshall Islands. A contributor who pays the full cost of a project will be the only name and logo listed as the Presenter. Projects with multiple contributors may have a tiered recognition system based on the amount they donate.
Below are some sample layouts that show where a contributor name and logo might be shown. Or in the case of multiple contributors, how the recognition might be shared.
Sample Pages (clickable):
Online profiles will be generated for each subject captured- these online portraits pair answers to our five project questions with a clip of the audio interview. A sample profile with audio and interview data is below:
How Can We Get Started
The easiest way is to identify one corporation or group that would like to fund the project on behalf of the town. Their contribution would allow their logo and name to be used in the marketing and printed presentation of the book and they would receive 200 copies of the final project to donate or retail as they see fit.
If one funding source is not available, we will work with you to coordinate a tiered system of recognition that allows entities to provide donations of any size to receive recognition benefits. We will also help you determine how to distribute the 200 volumes of the book that will be created.
We can't wait to work with you in the Marshall Islands. If you know a company or organization that would like to fund the project, let us know!
All the Best,
Chris & Nate