DRAGONFLYNESS ARTIVISM MELLOWSHIP

PLEASE SEND ME BLACK TO AFRICA!
[and SCOTLAND!]

If you have ever been POSITIVELY IMPACTED by any of my work as:
Dragonfly, Miss Justice Jester,
Helvetika Bold, or Robin Laverne Wilson
I request your TANGIBLE ENTHUSIASM so I can continue my intersectional work going forward with greater mastery, volume and impact!

I need $10,000 for my final MA year of tuition and travel.

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SUPPORT VIA: VENMO or POPMONEY to robinlaverne@gmail.com
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AMOUNT RAISED AS OF 7/1, 12am:

$1700

 

I launched the DRAGONFLYNESS ARTIVISM MELLOWSHIP so that I can:
  • Immerse myself in theatre this summer through three separate two-week intensive residencies in
    • Rwanda [teaching],
    • Kenya [networking],
    • and Scotland [observing].
  • Focus on the intense roster of reading, writing and creating to successfully and joyfully complete my thesis.
  • Nurture relationships with people across the globe who appreciate my commitment to social justice and culture work.
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WHAT’S ARTIVISM?

It’s the intersection of arts and culture with advocacy and activism. When you add education to the dynamic, it manifests in many theatrical forms including theatre in education, theatre of the oppressed, playback and newspaper theatre, hip-hop theatre, theatre for reconciliation, theatre for development, legislative theater, process drama, puppetry, direct action, culture-jamming, street theatre, parades, rituals, and many other manifestations of socio-political public creative expression.

All of my work and much of my personal community is anchored in artivism.

 

WHAT’S A MELLOWSHIP?

It is my desire to surrender myself into the creative and intellectual rigors of this academic chapter of life. “Mellow” rather than “fellow” — is gender neutral and speaks to the joyful tone I intend going into and throughout my final year of master’s level graduate work.

Running for senator was one of the most incredible rides of my life! I persevered with the support of an enthusiastic community behind me. That wild amazing ride with New Yorkers who helped carry and cheer me on across the state made it evident that my contribution to world has positive impact. That inspiration is reciprocal.

However, I was still in school during that excruciating election cycle. I had to let a lot of academic work fall to the wayside. And after the election and the holidays I had no choice but to withdraw into private life with the same intensity as my public political campaign in order to recenter and resume my graduate studies.

Now that I’ve restored my focus — and with a little help from my friends! — I am ready to dialogue publicly about how art, activism, and education together can instigate progressive grassroots transformation.

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HOW TO RISE WITH ME:

I accept your TANGIBLE ENTHU$IA$M via Venmo, PopMoney, cash and checks.

My email for Venmo and PopMoney is robinlaverne@gmail.com.

 

WHY DON’T YOU HAVE A GOFUNDME PAGE?

This page is called RISE because the final year is when I’ll take flight through thesis and this summer itinerary offers the momentum I need to take off. And we fundRAISE so that someone and/or something can RISE.

Help me FLY and fly WITH me!

We don’t need designer labels to legitimize any campaign. All they will do is skim off the top. Everyone wants their gift to reach its full velocity as intended on both sides.

Venmo and PopMoney are straight from one account to another in a secure transaction with zero or minimal fees on either end. So let’s use the most direct [no fees] means possible to simply GO and FUND ==> ME!  🙂

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SUPPORT VIA: VENMO or POPMONEY to robinlaverne@gmail.com
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WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?


I believe in #BankBlack so all gifts go directly into my educational expenses account with OneUnited.

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SUPPORT VIA: VENMO or POPMONEY to robinlaverne@gmail.com
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DO YOU ACCEPT PAYPAL?


With GREAT RESERVATION I will accept PayPal.

They are currently under great scrutiny by the international community concerning their discrimination against Palestine. Plus they skim a 2.9% cut of the transaction.

I’ve signed a petition by SumOfUs.org and urge you to please do the same.

I am also aware that Venmo is owned by PayPal. So what’s the difference?

Using designer label PayPal transactions costs 2.9% plus $0.30 in fees. Popmoney fee is $0.95 per transaction. Venmo incurs no fee.

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SUPPORT VIA: VENMO or POPMONEY to robinlaverne@gmail.com
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DO YOU HAVE ANY GIVEAWAYS?

I’ll share my journey through blog posts, photos, zines, buttons, and other forms of TANGIBLE GRATITUDE — and everyone who funds my travel and tuition will get a handwritten postcard from abroad!

 

WHAT’S THE NAME OF YOUR SCHOOL AND THE PROGRAM?

I am explicitly forbidden by the university to say the institution or program by name when crowdsourcing. They are under investigations and cannot risk the appearance that resource-challenged students might be soliciting money on behalf of administrators and faculty.

 

 

 

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