FREE ARTS INITIATIVE
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Trostpflaster is German for small consolation. This free arts initiative will send out a calming piece of art to anyone who is struggling.
Do you know anyone who is not coping during the corona crisis? If you, or anyone you know, feel low, isolated or that you are not coping well with recent events send me a message and I’ll send a Trostpflaster. It can be in the form of a card, a music CD or a landscape photograph.
Write to Vroni for a Trostpflaster: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feedback from a Trostpflaster recipient:
"Trostpflaster arrived. What a magic feeling. Thank you xxx"
Eligibility: This is for everyone, there are no rules to exclude anyone.
A metaphor for this project:
Let’s say you’re sitting in a hole.
I can’t get you out of that hole but I can let the sun shine in.
This project receives no funding apart from any donations made to the GoFundMe page.
Please donate generously to keep the project going.
Many thanks : )
Trostpflasters have been sent so far to: Scotland / Germany / USA
A little bit about my background
I am a composer and visual artist. One of my projects has been to take a piano out to city centres and parks and busk with it. This provides free street entertainment to random audiences.
This summer the whole world got a virus. Because of this I may not be able to perform my piano this summer and so I have tried to come up with an alternative to give free music or other artistic greetings to anyone who may be interested in this.
The art chosen for this project
Classical piano music CDs - composed by me, performed by me or concert pianist Kirsteen Davidson Kelly - calming and relaxing music.
Landscape photographs - you can see some of them on the landscapes page - photographs of nature, the sea, forests and mountains.
Simply a card - cards made by artists with calming motives.
The reason I came up with this idea
I think that art should be accessable.
In my opinion art should be free and easy to access. This does not mean that art can’t also be used commercially, or that sometimes tickets aren’t a valid way of creating an income for artists. But there has to be other ways to access art and culture, too.
There has to be art you encounter randomly and without expense.
Right now, art galleries are shut. Buskers are encouraged to stay at home. So I would like to send an artistic message directly to your home.
Write to me at email@example.com
If you are able, donate at - GoFundMe
You can specify what you would like to reveice. You can let me know if you'd like a relaxing piano music CD or a little mounted landscape photograph, or just a nice card which will usually have been made by an artist. For my card message you can let me know if you are hoping to have a quiet, a productive or a creative time.
* Terms and Conditions : )
There is no catch, you don't have to sign up for anything or purchase anything.
There is no rush to apply, I will run this project until the end of June and will hopefully extend it then, depending on funding.
CALL FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS TO HELP THE BIG ISSUE SURVIVE
To publicise this project I placed an advert in the Big Issue, an organisation very close to my heart. Through this I realised their existential struggle right now. The Big Issue has been helping homeless and vulnerable people for over thirty years, and the corona crisis is posing a real threat to its survival. As they had to take all their vendors off the streets it is now vital to subscribe to the Big Issue and support their important work.
Help the Big Issue survive by subscribing - The Big Issue Foundation
A little note at the bottom of the page:
If you have lost someone recently I am happy to light a candle for them. For some reason it helps to shine a little wax flame into a world that has lost a crucial soul. Where this soul went is their absolute secret, but our memory of this soul is real and will stay with us as long as we please.