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The Secret City is Launching Their New Season!

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Hey hey! It’s that time of year–Our annual crowdfund campaign is on NOW! It’s a really great way to be part of the new season and the community and joy that are the hallmarks of The Secret City. And know that you’re helping to provide our monthly services at a suggested donation, with free childcare, support of artists and increased stability for the organization.

Please check out our video and give what you can – and share the news about The Secret City with your friends.

Thanks to all who make The Secret City strong and vital.

 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-secret-city-is-launching-their-new-season/x/169796#/story

 

 

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2014 Annual Benefit Video

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Check it out – I love this video. It was made in 2014 for our annual benefit. Featuring highlights from previous services in LA and New York and a scorching track by Idgy Dean. I love all the colors and faces and moments – DETAILS of an ever-expanding community of artists and creative people. Photo credits: Bobby Lucy, Kim Zsebe and Keren Lynn. Video footage by Jason Speenburgh, video cut by Steve Park.

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The Gift of The Secret City

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It’s been a wonderful year for The Secret City – we’ve got a new board and a strategic plan for growing our organization over the next 2 years. We held 9 services in New York; 4 services in LA; and we expanded into Woodstock (!!).

Approximately 150-250 attended each event for a total of 2,700 attendees. 12-25 artists participated in each event by performing, presenting or creating work – that’s about 280 artists from the greater New York and LA areas. And, we did all this with funding from our community.

The most exciting thing is that, for the first time in our history, we’re becoming stable. As in, building for the long-term. That’s because we have a lot of really wonderful people pitching in and helping out. This next year is crucial to our long-term vitality – we’re going to be hiring 2 staff members, working to pay more artists per service, putting plans in place to move out into other parts of the world, expanding our website with more artist generated content and much, much more.

All of this is possible with the generous support of our community of donors. Please consider making a year-end contribution. Simply visit the paypal link on our homepage and use your cc to make a secure, tax deductible contribution.

I’m so excited for the momentum, and for the visions for the upcoming year. Thanks for being a part of this beautiful community.

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Final 2 Days of Our Fund Drive!

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Hey friends! It’s Chris Wells, with The Secret City, and I’m inviting you to our last IndieGoGo campaign ever!

We’re coming down to the final hours – and we’re looking to create a groundswell in these last two days. THANK YOU to those who’ve already given and shared the link!! I really appreciate it.

The goal is to raise $45K by tomorrow night – we’re now at $20K.

If you haven’t yet, please take a moment to go to the link, make a contribution, and share the link here on facebook.
And, then we’ll take summer off and prepare for a whole, new glorious season of art, community and joy, in New York, LA and beyond.

Thanks for the love and support for The Secret City.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/our-last-indiegogo-campaign-ever/x/169796

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Have You Supported Our Last IndieGoGo Campaign Ever?

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There are 6 days remaining in our annual fund drive.

Have you gotten around to making that contribution you’ve been meaning to make yet? If so, we are so very grateful. If not, get thee to our online donation page!

Are you a fan of The Secret City? If so, make a video and share it with us and your friends.  When you do, please also ask them to consider contributing to our fund drive too.

Check out this video from Sherry and this video from Natasha and Noah for inspiration. You can see all the fan videos on The Secret City YouTube channel.

Hope you can join us in NYC at service on Sunday, June 30th 11:30am at Dixon Place. The theme is Childhood and it’s the last service of the season. RSVP (optional) and more info via Facebook. Bring your friends!

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Cali, Here We Come!

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LA, Fund Drive, and a Fan Video!

Greetings!

The end of the season is ramping up!!

We’re heading back to LA next week, for our last LA service of the season, Sunday, June 16th. The theme will be OBSESSION.

And, we’re in the midst of our fund-drive, to raise $45K by July 2nd. This money is essentially our operating budget for the rest of the year, so it’s crucial that we meet our goal. Here’s the link where you can give. And, HUGE THANKS to all who contributed so far!!

And, our I’m A Fan campaign continues with videos from people like you. We want you to make a video for us! For inspiration, check out this week’s featured video: our pal and NYC admirer, Julie Zoppo, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  It’s cute and just a little bit naughty.

Julie Zoppo Is A Fan!!
Julie Zoppo Is A Fan!!

So, make a video of yourself, no more than 30 seconds long.
Maybe you’re doing something crazy or at rehearsal or traveling to far off lands, feel free to be as creative as you want, even show off, if you feel like it. Then, include some kind of fan in the video (if you have a Secret City Fan, that’s great, but don’t let it stop you if you don’t) and include the phrase,
“I’m a fan of The Secret City.”

Email your video to thesecretcity@gmail.com; we’ll post them to our youtube account, share them on social media, and the best ones we’ll use in the fund-drive announcements, like Julia’s above.

And, who knows, maybe some of our li’l fan videos will go viral and attract all sorts of new people to our fund-drive and the ever expanding community of The Secret City.

So, see some of you in LA on the 16th!
Give to our fund drive!
And, make a li’l video for us, please!

Thanks!

Chris

The Secret City

We worship art.

PS – We’ll be back in NYC for our final service of the season on Sunday, June 30th at Dixon Place. The theme will be CHILDHOOD.

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Are You a Fan of The Secret City?

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If You’re a Fan…
We Want Your Video!

Greetings!

Are you a fan of The Secret City? Then, prove it!

We’re in the middle of our annual fund-drive, to raise $45K by July 2nd. In our first week we made $2,000. Huge thanks to all who contributed so far!! Of course, the first thing you can do to help out is make a contribution to the cause – any amount would be a big help. It’s important that we increase the number of donors as well as the amount of money. So, $5, $10, $25 – it really makes an impact.

And, here’s another great way you can help:
Make a video of yourself saying you’re a fan of The Secret City.

Here’s an example:

(It’s the darling India Kotis at Coney Island! With special thanks to Ayun Halliday for the fantastic camera work.)

So, make a video of yourself, no more than 30 seconds long.
Maybe you’re doing something crazy or at rehearsal or traveling to far off lands, feel free to be as creative as you want, even show off, if you feel like it. Then, include some kind of fan in the video (if you have a Secret City Fan, that’s great, but don’t let it stop you if you don’t) and please include your name, and the phrase,
“I’m a fan of The Secret City.”

Email your video to thesecretcity@gmail.com; we’ll post them to our youtube account, share them on social media, and the best ones we’ll use in the fund-drive announcements, like India’s above.

And, who knows, maybe some of our li’l fan videos will go viral and attract all sorts of new people to our fund-drive and the ever expanding community of The Secret City.

So, make a video, will ya? Pretty please?

Thanks!

Chris

The Secret City

We worship art.

PS – we’re heading back to LA for our next gathering on Sunday, June 16th. The theme will be OBSESSION. Click this link for details.

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June 24th service was pure ECSTACY

Thank you to everyone who supported our fund drive. We raised $22,941 with 271 donors. Less than the $30K and 300 donors we needed and aimed for, but still awesome and appreciated.  If you weren’t able to contribute during the drive, anytime is a great time to donate.

During our last service of the season, ECSTASY on June 24, we had a wonderful line up of presenters:

  • Natasha Gornik with her fabulous food photos
  • Geneviève Leloup presented with an ecstatic mousse
  • Sarah Alden sang and played her fiddle
  • Charlotte Booker read the words of Hedy Lamarr
  • plus Patrick Melville, Debra Castellano, Leah Coloff and Michael Cumella – and The Secret City Singers!

We’ll return for our sixth season in September. See you Sunday, September 9th in L.A. and Sunday, September 30th in NYC! Enjoy the summer!

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We need your help to raise $14K in less than 48 hours!

The fund drive for Season 6 ends at midnight tomorrow. We have collected $16,403 from 200 donors. Our goal is to raise $30K from 300 donors. $13597 from 100 people in 35 hours? It could happen, but not without the magic of you! Here’s a list of things you can do to help:

  • Donate. $1, $5, $25, $100, $1,000 or anything in-between– whatever is realistic for your budget. There are thank you gifts for each level of contribution. Even $1.
  • Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + using the handy links on our Indie GoGo fund drive page. Belong to other artist or creative groups? Got a Facebook page or separate Twitter account for your work or art? Post an appeal and link there too. Explain why The Secret City is important to you. Ask folks to donate and re-post your appeal.
  • Send a personal email with the same appeal to your friends and family. (You can use the “email” button on our Indie GoGo campaign page.) They may be more likely to actually see it and likely to take it more seriously. Entice them with a promise of celebration drinks, cupcakes, a BBQ, something special if the goal is met.
  • Like our awesome fund drive video on YouTube.
  • Using Twitter, direct message artists with lots of followers and ask them  to tweet an appeal. Offer exact copy to make it super easy.

Do you have any other ideas for how we as a community can spread the word and collect almost $14K from 100 people  in less than 48 hours? Please leave a comment here or on our Facebook page. Thank you!

Service Recap, Cultural Calendar, and Reading for our June service ( themed Ecstasy) will be up after the fund drive.

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Help Support Another Season of The Secret City

Our Season 6 Fund Drive ends on June 27th– just under a month from now. Our goal is to raise $30K and have 300 donors. Right now, we have $1,710 and 19 donors. Last year we raised $28K with 197 people – so the number is not that much higher, but we could really use a bunch more donors. ANY AMOUNT HELPS!!

Please take a moment to check out our Indiegogo page. There you’ll find an inspiring video and message about our work and why we need funds, contribute now buttons, juicy thank you gifts from our talented community members at a variety of donation levels, and buttons to help you spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, email, or your blog. So easy and so awesome. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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