Some Awesome News

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Elena and I are pleased to announce that The Wave has received a $1000 micro-grant from The Awesome Foundation Connecticut.

What’s the Awesome Foundation and why us?

The Awesome Foundation was established in Boston in 2009, “to conserve, sustain and support a worldwide system of awesomeness.” They are a network of independent chapters devoted to funding projects that affect positive change in local communities. Ten or so ‘trustees’ in each chapter pool together enough of their own money to distribute $1000 each month with no strings attached and with no ownership of the projects they support.  According to a trustee of the national chapter, an Awesome award is “a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance.”

We applied for an Awesome Foundation Connecticut grant to provide funding for a Wave installation at a site in Connecticut that cannot afford the cost of materials but had expressed great interest in hosting the project.  Stay tuned for an announcement of the site that we select.

 Wave Participants at the National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD, 2013


Wave Participants at the National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD, 2013

 

The Wave on the Women’s Radio Network

Elena and I were interviewed recently for a half-hour radio show dedicated exclusively to The Wave. Susan Brender, the host of V is For Vitality, an internet radio program on the Women’s Radio Network, and a former television producer for CNBC and MSNBC, was especially interested in how the project came about and what impact it has on the participants who come to our sites.  She encouraged us to compare The Wave to other large scale, public art installations and challenged us to define why she and others like her should not be intimidated by art they do not initially understand. On the whole, the discussion was lively, thoughtful and far ranging.

Ms. Bender did pose one question, however, that gave me pause. Noting her understanding that the Wave was inspired by the 2011 earthquake and resulting Tsunami Wave originating in Japan, she asked me how the Japanese have responded to the project.  With a bit of hesitation and a chuckle, I answered that, so far, we haven’t heard of any reaction from Japan – not for lack of interest on their part, but because we ourselves have not yet reached out to identify a potential site that might host a Wave installation there.

 Tsunami Wave hitting Japan  Photograph from Mainichi Shimbun/Reuters Published March 15, 2011


Tsunami Wave Hitting Japan
Photograph from Mainichi Shimbun/Reuters
Published March 15, 2011

As it turns out, Ms. Bender has a number of close friends in Japan and expressed a desire to put together a second radio program on The Wave, for which she would invite us back, along with an environmental/water scientist and a Japanese scholar to discuss current global water issues and some perspectives from Japan two years after the Tsunami.

Stay tuned.  In the meantime, you can listen to the first broadcast on http://www.womensradio.com/2013/08/v-for-vitality-52/