One of my favorite places is the Big Class studio during a writing workshop. It's got a special, life-affirming energy that we teachers sometimes get to witness: the buzzing of excited focus, students furiously writing or painting or sharing ideas or making something together, and sometimes, when you're super lucky, all of that at once. Creativity can be scary sometimes, for anyone, especially if we don't practice it. One of the happy byproducts of that Big Class magic is it makes me want to make stuff, too. At Big Class, students get excited about expression. I'm so grateful to help make that happen for them. You can, too.
Since 2010, over two thousand young New Orleanians have participated in Big Class programming. They have published books, built newspapers from scratch, delivered poetry via pizza boxes to citizens all over town, created literal houses made of stories, painted what they think jazz sounds like, reviewed their favorite Chinese restaurants, and celebrated their work with release parties, readings and hula hooping contests.
Now, we have a chance to create a bigger, better space devoted to this work and these students. We have always aspired to the 826 National model, and now Big Class is officially part of the 826 Chapter Development Process. As a part of our work to become the first 826 chapter in the south, 826 National has issued a $100,000 Challenge Grant to Big Class, meaning all the funds raised through The Seed Challenge will be doubled! Please help out!
If you donate anything at all, I will send you a drawing of anything you want. I'm someone who likes to say "I can't draw," but if I was a kid in a Big Class workshop, that kind of attitude just wouldn't fly. In the spirit of Big Class, I want to make without fear of guidelines or grading, because drawing is fun and I like it and creative risks are worth taking.
Remember, every penny we raise is matched by 826. Thank you!