IDEAS For Us | April 16, 2014

IDEAS wins the AWESOME FOUNDATION grant for Orlando!

What is The Awesome Foundation?

The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons. The chapters are autonomous and organized by the trustees around geographic areas or topics of interest.

The Orlando chapter of The Awesome Foundation has awarded IDEAS for ARTS a $1000 grant!

Photograph by Ricardo Williams

Photograph taken by Ricardo Williams

IDEAS For ARTS is an effort to show Orlando an example of an “Artistic Representation Towards Sustainability (ARTS)”. Through this project, we will raise awareness about our environmental impacts through a creative street art initiative we are calling “sustainable graffiti”, with a goal of changing peoples behaviors and #ReThink their impacts on the environment.

Unlike traditional graffiti that uses volatile chemicals and petroleum-based paints, (not to mention permanently vandalizes property), the sustainable graffiti method we will showcase environmental messages by pressure washing a stencil on dirty roads, sidewalks, and walls with water.

By pressure washing these dirty areas around the city, we will literally be cleaning the dirty surfaces, and revealing our message to the public.

This project is non-toxic, temporary, and uses no chemicals in the entire process.

As part of the project, we will highlight 5 themes of sustainability: energy, water, food, waste and ecology. For each theme, we will choose 1 statistics, fact, OR solution that relates to our impacts on the environment.

To have the greatest impact, we will choose 5 high-traffic locations in Orlando, with a focus on the downtown region.

This ARTS campaign will be called “Project ReThink” and use the hashtag #ReThink in hopes of getting the public to take pictures and share this piece through social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


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