2017
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Risks and challenges

Like many projects in their infancy stage, we fully recognize that RAF will crawl before it will walk or run. It may even fall down. Though, there is information and wisdom to be gained from failures both great and small. We are ready to meet the organizational challenges of planning a festival for the 2nd time ever. Last year in 2016, we ended up canceling the festival and we refunded all of our vendors. We decided to move on to focus on 2017 to make everything better this go around with the help of the community. We are doing what we love; supporting the work of Artists, Creators, Thinkers, Activists, Elders and Youth.

Right now, our major challenge is raising money for the venue, insurance and paying all performing artists. This all requires money and careful co-ordination and scheduling. We are fortunate to have a vibrant and diverse community to support us in this way. We have secured the Wild Bill's Nostalgia for our Renascence Arts Festival in Middletown, CT. The Jazzmen Music and Gallery (http://www.jazzmenmusicandgallery.com/) in West Hartford, Connecticut will be our base of operations for several fundraising events and installations. We will also be working with local community colleges to hold events on campus. However, it is still a challenge to bring an idea of this scope into fruition with so many moving parts and such a small budget.

Another risk again that we'll repeat as seen in our expenses. we face going over budget and not being able to fully fund our complete vision for this festival. Being able to provide artists and musicians an honorarium and travel funds to participate in the festival is a core belief that we as artists and producers stand by. Too often artists do not get paid for the incalculable and profound work they do in the world through the creation of their art. Their work can have the power to challenge, heal, and inspire us. Many of the festival participants are traveling from other regions of the US, mainly the Northeast. Some from communities that also lack resources to support the growth and development of their art. Paying for the travel expenses for these artists to come to Connecticut gives them direct access to be able to create and inspire communities outside their own.

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We're also looking for:
Development Director
Creative Director
Volunteers

We are also looking to have a committee of established artistic presenters from the Middlesex & Hartford county areas with backgrounds in music, dance, theater, and visual arts to help select the people performing or showcasing their work at RAF.

Please Email if you're interested in becoming a part of our team.

Thank You!
We are hoping to reach our overall goal of $20,000+ but $10,000 would let us pull it off.
 
This will pay for: 

Artists and Musicians Honorarium: $5,000 This cost will be contingent on what artists we book and what they charge. Being able to provide artists and musicians an honorarium and travel funds to participate in the festival is a core belief that we as artists and producers stand by. Too often artists do not get paid for the incalculable and profound work they do in the world through the creation of their art. Their work can have the power to challenge, heal, and inspire us. Many of the festival participants are traveling from other regions of the US, mainly the Northeast. Some from communities that also lack resources to support the growth and development of their art. Paying for the travel expenses for these artists to come to Connecticut gives them direct access to be able to create and inspire communities outside their own. We will allow artists that apart of the festival whether helping through volunteering and or performing to vend for free.


Security: $2000 This is our biggest expense next to operational cost (venue, insurance and production) and artists cost. The outdoor property is huge so max capacity won't be an issue. We will need to pay an outside security company to keep us all safe. This is over half of the funds. Also this cost will be contingent on the expected attendance so it can adjust accordingly.


Liability Insurance: $700 (Depending on what we're expecting attendance wise it can be more)


Operational Cost: Venue- $1,500 (We worked out a deal with the Outdoor Venue Manager Lisa and she gave us a great price. Bill and Lisa have been really great and have been very great supporters. We the organizers thank them for the continued support for our vision on this festival.


Amenities: $1500 We'll need water, portable restrooms, dumpsters/trash cans & bags.


Operational Costs-Stage Lighting & Sound: $4000. The outdoor venue has 3 built stages already. 2 Larger ones for musical and theatrical acts. We will be renting a inflatable portable movie player for Indie films (Look for Map) . We will need decor, sound and lighting. (Including in house instruments for music performances. Artists can bring their own instruments to use as well)

Our Overall Goals for 2017

 In 2017 our goals are: 

- All major cost covered on our end to provide this great festival
- Feature performances from local & national artists and musicians from the East Coast mainly New England & Tri-State areas
- Local/regional arts and crafts, food, local store and merchandise vendors
- Revival Main Stage
- PLAY Live Jam Experience Stage
-Poetry Garden
- Geodesic Dome for one of our stages (Indie Film Stage)
- Feature Indie Films 
- Theatrical Performances 
- Burlesque Shows 
- Community Drum circles 
- Volleyball 
- Canvases forest 
- Body painting 
- Neon paint war 
- Fire dancers 
- Bonfires 
- Yoga workshops
- Glow in the dark golf 
- Onsite bar 
- Live Glass blowing 
 - Fire Performances 
- Hula Hooping 
- Graffiti Wall
- Community Art projects
- Community Contribution (In any way)
- Carnival Rides (If possible)
- Tent Camping, Bus and RV Parking (On camping grounds)
- Kid and Family Activities
- Have over 1000 people per day in attendance

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