Carrie Jones wrote -
When Beyonce released her visual album Lemonade, she also unleashed a creative awakening. Her work transcended the catchy pop tunes we've come to expect and showed a new depth to her work and as a black woman embracing her heritage. Her music and stunning visuals, combined with the poetry of Warsan Shire, gave birth to a historical artwork, as full of gravity as a Great American Novel.
Lemonade also contains hugely important cultural and political messages. It marks a moment in history that must be recorded and reflected on by the young women whom it affects most directly.
How do we ensure that young women have the space to reflect and react to Beyonce's messages and this cultural moment we find ourselves in?
This Crowdrise campaign is one answer to that question.
I am gathering others together in support of this mission. If you believe as I do that Lemonade is worthy of study and that young women's voices matter, I need your support in donating to a Washington-based non-profit that has put together a program for women writers to reflect on Lemonade's meaning.
Where Will Your Money Go?
You want to donate, but you also want to ensure that your money is going to make a real impact. It will.
The money for this fundraiser will go directly to Y-We Write, a summer program for women writers. Each woman will get the opportunity to watch and react to Lemonade with her own work of art.
Y-We has crafted a special program, in which girls at the camp will watch Lemonade together and respond to it through their writing and art. The organization will give girls the option to submit work they create in that workshop and throughout the camp as a whole for a blog or lit mag related to the project.
Y-We Write is a partnership with Hedgebrook, a world renowned women's writing retreat. It will take place from August 15-21 at the Whidbey Institute.
It costs $900 per student to attend the camp, and this money will go toward providing 3 girls with full scholarships to the program.
What Are the Rewards for Donating?
We know that giving women the opportunity to think deeply about their place in the world is important to you.
We also want to give you a tangible thank you for your participation.
Here's how we'll do that according to your donation level:
- $25: Access to online forum where young women's writing and art from Y-WE Write will be posted
- $50: Y-WE Write signature T-shirt
- $100: Handwritten thank you note from a girl at Y-WE Write
- Copy of a one-of-a-kind inspiring piece of writing from the Y-WE Write Camp.
- $500 or more: Exclusive opportunity to attend the Y-WE Write Open Mic on Whidbey Island on August 20th to celebrate young women's voices (must pass a WA state background check)
Every amount donated matters, from $10 to $5000. Though we encourage you to give an amount that is meaningful to you, no amount is too small in reaching our project goal. Every bit matters!
**Your donation is also fully tax deductible.**