As a means of funding the new Silent Barn we have created a new experimental form of currency: The Barnacle.
No, not those. The Barnacle is a wooden disk with a red silkscreened heptagon on it surrounded by a red yarn fringe. Or something like that.
What we do know is that The Barnacle is based on the concept of The Heptagon. Almost anything cut into a particular heptagon will do. In our attempt to program even creative economics into our new wacky utopia, and in the grand tradition of the Ithaca Hour we are issuing The Barnacle, a new subscription to events and food and small objects in our gigantic complex. Like drink tickets, but for everything. Getting a Barnacle subscription is like buying beer or roasted garlic on a stick or bucket of cherry tomatos or admittance to a show or scrambled eggs or anything in our new space into the future. Its a way to help support the Silent Barn, buit its also supporting your future good times in the Silent Barn. They can be collected, traded and exchanged for goods an services between people experiencing a new silent barn.
Silent Barn - $1000 Donation - 1 Year Barnacle Subscription Package
Silent Barn - $500 Donation - 6 month Barnacle Subscription
Silent Barn - $ 250 Donation - 3 month Barnacle Subscription
We were recently highly honored to recieve the following letter from Prerana Reddy, Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum of Art
"To Whom it May Concern,
As the Public Events Director of the Queens Museum of Art (QMA), I am responsible for building partnerships and collaborations with local community based organizations to further the Museum’s mission of presenting the highest quality visual arts and education programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse ethnic, cultural and international community.
I’m writing in support of the work of Silent Barn, a long-time hub for audiovisual experimentation and a model for building an independent artistic community in NYC. Even though they lost their original venue, the wealth of support for their mission allowed them to raise $40,000 through an online campaign to find a new home. While searching for a new venue, they continued artistic and musical programming at alternative spaces in Ridgweood to enthusiastic audiences. In May 2012, QMA partnered with Silent Barn for an art crawl event entitled “Actually, It’s Ridgewood,” highighting the burgeoning art community in that neighborhood Silent Barn hosted a concluding panel with many important artist-run spaces in Brooklyn and Queens, and the challenges of changing venues and neighborhoods. I believe this thoughtfulness and care about the context where they work mkae them expemplary neighbodhood partners.
We look forward to a continued working relationship with the Silent Barn in their new location, and would like to convey our support for the organization as they enter the next phase of their development."
We cannot express our gratitude enough for these kind words.
As part of our fundraising for the new Silent Barn we have created a Barn Book to show to potential donors. You can download the PDF version here.
Or you can check out this totally awesome, one of a kind version made by the amazing Julie Jamora.
Every so often we get awesome ideas submitted to as potential Silent Barn projects to the Barn Exam. This weeks favorite is: Hip Hopera! "A hip hop orchestra with strictly classical instruments."
It would probaby go a little something like this:
If you have an idea for an awesome project that could be a part of the new Silent Barn, or if you just like to offer your help in general, please take the Barn Exam. Let us know all about yourself and join in the fun.