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What do you think of bringing MassMouth to a Mall (hang up a MMbanner) and tell recession stories to the shoppers, mall workers, and anyone that happens to pass by and then we invite them to tell the

I had an idea (NPR inspired) what if we take our mouths to where people are ,The Malls. We can start by telling stories of the recession or maybe even recess, ha, or about "making do" (I have a million of those,like making one pair of panyhose out of two, some of you may you know what I'm talkin about, or using hot glue when your out of thread, done that too) . and then see if we can't draw others in to tell theirs , the time seems ripe. People love to tell their stories perhaps they just need to be caught off guard to find out.

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massmouth and what to do next...
massmouth = what to do next...
3 meetings a year with
3 workshops + a performance in
3 thirds of the state - each
third finds us a space or two - one for workshops /meeting and one for performance. meeting space must have wifi. Performance place must have some buzz and be in evening - lottery for performers ? Preference given to those who meet.

workshop ideas:
GET DIGITAL -learn to record yourself at home and in performance - sharing sound files etc. 5 minute stories by lottery
GET VIDEO - how to create and upload video to youtube we c ould record 3 minutes stories by lottery - “ equipment you need” hand out - digital cameras and sound
GO LIVE workshop on some aspect of live performance coaching / interactive and master level.

other ideas:
Discounts to LANES members?
Should we charge for workshops? If so, how much? Something affordable -
Workshops $20 each or $50 for the whole day?
Meeting =$0/ no cost?
Performing = $30 in tix ( @ $6 each) you pay or bring 5 audience members.

5 minutes for each teller and 1.5 hours max performance-
(= up to 18 performers ) Workshop presenters get honorarium ?

We'll need to keep records once we charge money?
Set up as a dba? or a nonprofit ? Or skip the entire money issue?
Look for cable access stations, libraries, schools for the meetings and then cafés and the like for the performances.
Possible 3rds:
OCT 2008 to early to pull off?
JAN 2008 Worcester/Central MA -
JULY 2008 Holyoke/Western MA
OCT 2009 Boston area?
I think this is a WONDERFUL idea.
If we do this, let me know; barring a schedule conflict, you may DEFINITELY count me in!

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