Wednesday, November 12, 2008

More News in Regards to The Cradle Project

From Naomi Natalie who bravely ventured forward on a very ambitious and altruistic endeavor:

"First I would just like say how grateful The Cradle Project is for all of your support. The Cradle Project was a huge success, with 555 contributing artists and more than 5,000 visitors during the course of the exhibit. On the opening day of the exhibit alone we counted over 2,000 people walking through the doors!

Thanks to all of your creative support, encouragement, and donations, The Cradle Project raised over $90,000 through sponsorships, our cradle auction, and sales of The Cradle Project publication. All of these funds were donated to our partner organization, the Firelight Foundation. For those of you who are unfamiliar with our partner, The Firelight Foundation awards grants to small grassroots initiatives that are directly addressing the needs of children affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. http://www.firelightfoundation.org/ <http://www.firelightfoundation.org/>

On behalf of all of us who volunteered to make this project a success we cannot thank you enough for your continued and overwhelming support. The final exhibit was an incredibly moving experience for many of the artists volunteers and viewers.After organizing this project and its many details for nearly three years, it was through the brimming eyes of the exhibit's visitors that I finally realized the tremendous impact The Cradle Project had on our community.

Thank you again for the many ways that you helped realize this vision for The Cradle Project. I do apologize for the belated nature of this email as I'm sure you have all been wondering about the final outcome of the project. The beautiful full color publication that highlights eighty of the cradles is still available for sale through the Firelight Foundation's website. If you have not yet seen this book, I highly recommend you check it out."

It was thrilling to be a part of this venture! Even more thrilling knowing how much money it raised. Although, I can't help but think how much MORE money it would've raised had it been held in New York City. But, if it was, I would not have been able to have seen the exhibit which was awesome (for lack of better words). I hope you consider purchasing the book that was published from some of the submissions for this project. Only eighty submissions were selected for the book.

Here's what my submission looked like when I started out on it:

And here's a detail of the finished product:

If you want to see the post on this and the finished product, click here.

It is truly amazing what can happen when people come together. I have more news in regards to the Cigar Box Shrine project, but that will have to wait for another post! : )

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