HUGE FAVOR ALERT!
Many of you have heard the story about Boyd's Station, but for those who haven't...
What is Boyd's Station?
It’s a nonprofit that is turning a small rural Kentucky town into a very cool place for artistic folks to hangout and create while also giving back to this amazing little slice of The Bluegrass tucked away in northern Kentucky.
How are we doing this? Right now! With your help!
You can help us by voting for the video we produced describing Boyd's Station. The video was produced for a grant competition sponsored by A Community Thrives, which is part of the USA TODAY NETWORK.
The top vote winners in each category move on after a month of voting for a chance to be awarded possibly a $100,000 or a $50,000 community grant from A Community Thrives.
That is it. We just need your vote!
TO VOTE FOR BOYD'S STATION competition grant video at A Community Thrives:
Seriously, we just need your vote!
Here is the really big favor, and where you can make the biggest impact. Vote EVERY DAY for the next 30 days until May 12, which is when the top vote winners will move forward to the judging competition.
This is absolutely real and, hopefully, a real chance to jumpstart the 2018 official Boyd's Station launch. It could sustain the program for many years to come.
So, consider sending yourself a daily reminder from your smartphone. Put a sticky note on your computer screen. Make it part of your daily lunch routine. Your vote, each day though May 12 would be simply amazing.
If you want to go over and beyond our wildest expectations, don’t be shy, and encourage others by sharing on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, with your friends and family.
All of your help in becoming a Friend of the Program will help Boyd's Station make it through to the next round of judging by each of us becoming an advocate for this mission.
We know this is a lot to ask, but this is an opportunity for us to pitch Boyd's Station to the judges of A Community Thrives, who will see how funding this one nonprofit could benefit so many.
We know we can do this with your help!
Thanks and we appreciate everyone out there working to make this happen!
TO VOTE FOR BOYD'S STATION competition grant video at A Community Thrives:
MORE about BOYD'S STATION
Boyd’s Station is a “community of collaboration” among diverse artists fostering an environment for creation of real, individual works for the benefit of the artist financially and professionally while bringing the gift of art to the community of Boyd and Harrison County, Kentucky.
BOYD'S STATION signature programs:
SPACE+PLACE (Artist Residence Program)
Artists will be provided space to live and work at NO COST while committing to bringing some type of art community outreach project or event for the benefit of the people of Harrison County, Kentucky during the artist's residence in Boyd.
We have nearly completed the real heavy lifting for SPACE+PLACE and we are wanting to open the doors to providing space for people to come and create.
We have remodeled a number of homes and rebuilt nearly 3,000 square feet of studio space, which was once the Spicer Grocery Store in Boyd. These locations will be provided to creative folks at ZERO cost for housing and the studio space for periods of one to 9 months depending on the space and needs of the artists. Plus, the rural and beautiful environment on land along the South Fork of the Licking River will surely provide limitless creative inspiration.
306.36 VISUAL DOCUMENTARY GRANT
One student documentary photographer will be awarded the Boyd's Station 306.36 Vis Doc Grant annually providing for a twelve week intensive documentary program to photograph the people and culture inside the nearly three hundred square miles of Harrison County, Kentucky.
Weekly commentary and one on one feedback from at least twelve prize-winning visual documentary photographers helping to expand the photographers storytelling skills and develop the tools to sustain a career in documentary photography.
To learn much more about these Boyd's Station signature programs check out http://www.boydsstation.org
The Boyd's Station studio space at the former Spicer Store in Boyd is really starting to look like we are getting serious about things.
Amazing work by Boyd's Mitch Whitaker knocking this 3,000 square foot building back into fighting shape.
COW #3 KICKSTARTED
Amazing Kickstarter..... One Dollar, One Drawing....just got this cool Boyd's Station Cow #3 drawing done by amazing Cincinnati artist Todd Weinkam. His kickstarter campaign raised nearly $8000 with 590 backers. One dollar and he would crank out a drawing and send it to you anywhere. Todd was good enough to actually draw our favorite bovine from Boyd. Local artist doing fun and cool stuff. Here is the link to his fully funded Kickstarter campaign.
2ND ANNUAL MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
It is official……
Boyd’s Station Inc. is now officially designated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
So what does this mean?
It means Boyd’s Station is going to celebrate the great news by hosting the 2nd annual “Middle of Nowhere Folio Critique” on Sunday, August 17 in Boyd, Kentucky (Harrison County).
Event is free and you can get more info and register here by emailing Jack Gruber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out last year’s event in Boyd. http://goo.gl/LzYr5y
Basic idea of what Boyd’s Station is all about here: http://boydsstation.tumblr.com/about
Are you just back from a summer internship or have you been working on a long term project before the start of fall classes or do you just want to get your work seen, here is a great opportunity to get a portfolio critique by a few folks with a few years in the photojournalism business while also lending a helpful hand helping Boyd’s Station get a few projects closer to completion.
Cincinnati Enquirer photojournalist Gary Landers and USA TODAY photographer Jack Gruber will be at the ready to look at work with some kind but firm advice and more than likely, there will be some telling of some very large tales from the days of photojournalism yesteryear. We are hoping to twist a few arms of some other “TooBeAnnounced” newspaper shooters to offer up some evening critiques as well and maybe show some work. We will keep updating as things as things get closer so be sure to “LIKE” this page and follow Boyd’s Station for updates.
At last year’s inaugural “Middle of Nowhere Folio Critique” event, we were able to completely prime and paint in one day the first home that will be utilized by Boyd’s Station to provide free artist residence and studio space. That home is now 99% complete and ready for some finish detail work and moving in of furniture.
Between old photo stories about the good old days and repainting a few walls following a wayward 2-year-old with a paint brush during last year’s gathering, a few student photographers definitely got their money’s worth. Those brave ones had portfolios viewed later in the evening, dissected, ripped and torn apart and mostly, thoughtfully and seriously looked over and given some brilliant advice by some pretty decent photo guys. Thanks Tom Stanford!
This year with your help, we are moving down the road and jumping into work on the first Boyd’s Station studio space- a former general store now needing a purge. If you’re a college student, you have all the skills needed. Moving stuff from one room into another. Just like moving back into the dorm following summer break. Nothing too heavy or too intense. If you have some painting skills, you will be most appreciated!
So, spend a day helping knock out some projects and the payoff will be a night of kicking back on the farm getting some great feedback to your own work while also getting to check out some terrific work from your PJ college buddies just back from awesome summer internships. Hopefully weather cooperates and we can host some of the night chats back on the pond by firelight!
Show up early Sunday, August 17 with your friends or come solo and make some new ones but show up ready to get your hands dirty for a good cause and then get ready to have some fun looking at some great work in the evening.
We will have plenty of food for the masses and if you are coming from a long distance, give us a shout and we can figure things out about possible accommodations or other ideas such as pitching tents or camping.
If you are interested in making the trip to Boyd, please, let us know by email at email@example.com or you can call Jack Gruber at 703-901-1810 to let us know you are coming but email is best.
Getting in touch by email will be the best way for us to keep a tally of the number of people planning to attend as well as a way of keeping you updated and forwarding you directions to the farm in Boyd.
Thanks and hope to see you in Boyd and don’t forget to “like” the Boyd’s Station facebook page!