The lure of making Celebrate Living History come alive is what made me think of crowd funding.
Even though I tried raising funds through Pozible and failed on a mass scale this time I think I’m more prepared.
This time I’ve proven what can be done on a tight budget and shown the community of Frankston what can be achieved.
Despite many barriers I created the Celebrate Living History of Frankston exhibition, which showcased seniors within the area.
The important lesson I learnt was to ask for help, at the time I thought I could do anything and everything I was really determined to prove people wrong that Yes one girl solo can organise such a huge exhibition.
Yes one girl can organise an exhibition, but this girl ended up broke and frazzled but happy that many seniors came out to share their stories with the community!
The late nights licking envelopes, writing media releases, plastering posters, blogging, editing articles, creating volunteer presents and speaking to community groups was all worth it in the end when the senior stars got together for the big group photo at Bartiste.
What I realised was while I loved working on the exhibition, I was making silly mistakes simply because I had too much going in my head.
On the day instead of being happy that everything was being pulled together I was panicking about the little details and making sure everything was running smooth.
My friend Jeremay told me to close my eyes and just breath, I stopped and looked around and it was amazing everything in my mind had taken formation.
I was no longer girl solo, I was part of a wider community that were there simply because I had put the wheels in motion to celebrate their stories.
There was a huge mix of people seniors, families, students and most of my friends who believed in my potential.
Without friends, I don’t think it would have been possible for the exhibition to happen, we only had three hours to hang all 40 photographs which involved measuring and twisting wire, sourcing picture framer hangers and deciding how the photographs would be displayed.
It sounds simple but even with four people it took more than three hours, especially since I had to send one of my senior stars to Bunnings for more wire!
What I realised while the exhibition exceeded all expectations was I need to ask for help to continue creating good in the community.
In my heart I know I can make Celebrate Living History viable and with help I know we can lead the way to more exhibitions, publications and online content to celebrate stories from seniors that would never get the chance to shine within the community.
I don’t think crowd funding is a new age way to beg; it’s a way for ventures to shine with support from the community.
Plus I’ll also throw in a cup of tea over a good yarn.
To doante towards Celebrate Living History click the picture below! 🙂