Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Triple your gift!

Triple your gift! A generous donor has offered to match your gift, two-to-one, as a challenge to support ISLAND’s work in the community. Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight, August 31, and your gift will be matched two to one, up to a total of $6,000.

Your contribution supports your commitment to ecology, agriculture and the arts in small places like northwest lower Michigan. Your dollars will fund three major programs:

Creation of new art: The Hill House Residency Program is an artist residency serving emerging musicians, writers at all stages of their career and a growing selection of non-studio artists. Awards are given to between 12 and 18 artists each year and consist of time and space—two to four weeks in a rustic log cabin near the Jordan River, stocked with local and organic food—to support artists and the creation of new art. 

Support of beginning farmers: The CRAFT Program, the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training, enhances agricultural internships through a regional network of farms. Each growing season a score of small farms take turns hosting workshops, farm tours and social potlucks as a way for interns to gain exposure to a wide range of agricultural techniques and management styles, and to build community amongst young and beginning farmers.

Skill building for community self reliance: Workshops and Skill Swaps focus on building community self-reliance through a wide range of skills, like beekeeping, home-mushroom production, wildlife tracking, tractor and chainsaw safety, cordwood building, fruit tree grafting, and fermentation. The Goat Skill Swap and Radical Homemaking Skill Swap are mini-conferences with focused, hands-on skill building. ISLAND has hosted nearly 100 different events over the last six years, with over 100 more slated for 2012.

A generous donor has recognized ISLAND’s important work in this community. Please join her in supporting local agriculture, the arts and ecology.

Two easy ways to give:
  1. Donate online at www.artmeetsearth.org
  2. Send your check to: ISLAND at 5870 Cottage Drive, Bellaire, MI 49615
PS: There are only a few short weeks before our August 31 deadline. Your gift will be matched two to one, so please give today!

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