UPDATE: The Flower Mandalas Project’s Final Stretch!
Less than $500 to go for The Flower Mandalas Project to meet its minimum funding goals by the September 14th deadline and be on its way! Please consider making a pledge to help make this dream a reality. 1000 thanks to those who have already supported this effort.
I’m creating a book called Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. It consists of 52 Flower Mandala images, each linked to a related concept, inspirational quote, and personal essay. The book will delve into 52 fundamental aspects of the human experience. My hope is that through this project the mandalas will reach a broader audience, promoting inner harmony and peace and inspiring others to use art as a means of healing and transformation – the primary purposes it has served for me. Through images and words, I hope to distill and convey to a broad audience what I have gleaned from 10 years as a psychotherapist, 20 years of life beyond a near-death experience, and 60 years on the planet.
To fund it, I have launched a Kickstarter.com project. Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects from private donations. Contributors (Backers) receive rewards that are connected with the projects and are proportional to their contributions. Project creators set the contribution levels and concomitant rewards.
Here’s a link to a full description of the project, a list of the Backer Rewards, and ways to choose a contribution:
ALL OR NOTHING!
Kickstarter is a time-limited, all-or-nothing system. If the goal of $7500 is not met in the remaining days of the project fundraiser, no money changes hands.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
The initial $7500 will go toward:
– Selecting the images, matching them to concepts and quotes, and writing the essays.
– Designing the layout of the book, including consultation with a book designer and selecting fonts for text and headings.
– Printing samples of the book and getting them reviewed.
– Creating the Backer Rewards.
Your contributions to this Kickstarter project are not only intended to help me create the “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas” book, but also to kickstart the larger Flower Mandalas Project. The “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas” book is the first step in what I see to be a four-stage process:
– Create and publish the Book
– Create a traveling Exhibition in print and multimedia form and display it primarily in healing institutions
– Establish a foundation for promoting art as a healing and transformative activity
– Help to fund and promote artistic projects aimed at healing and transformation
Please support this Project before the September 14th deadline to help this dream can become a reality. Every contribution, no matter how small, really is helpful, and also demonstrates your belief not only in my personal work, but also in promoting art as a healing and transformative means.
In addition to intangibles such as my gratitude, the sense that you are helping someone do something good in the world, and the excitement of being part of the Kickstarter community (it’s a truly cool idea!), there are actual, tangible Backer Rewards. Contributions range from $1 to $1000, with appropriate rewards for each level of contribution. Rewards include copies of the book, as well as Flower Mandala prints, greeting cards, and screensavers. I’ve tried to make the retail value of the rewards at least equal to the contributions.
SPREAD THE WORD!
Thank you in advance for your contributions and support. One more request: Please help spread the word! Remember, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing deal. The project gets funded only if the goal is met by September 14th.
So, please spread the word! The more people who know about this project, the more likely it is to get funded. Even $1 contributions bring the project closer to meeting its goal.
Stay connected by following the project’s updates, becoming a fan on Facebook, and/or following the project at Behance.net and on the Beliefnet.com Flower Mandalas blog. I will be releasing mini-chapters as I create them and look forward to your responses.
See you in Cyberspace,
David J. Bookbinder, LMHC