Cultivating Generosity: Trifecta

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Cultivating Generosity is an ongoing series of musings that we write in our effort to highlight people who nurture a generous culture that’s more conducive for the survival of the arts.

Life Itself

Today’s the last day to contribute to Life Itself, a feature documentary about the life of Roger Ebert. It’s directed by Steve James of Kartemquin Films and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. As I write this, they’re only $10,000 away from reaching their goal of $100,000. We gave at the sensible level of $25 to participate in an innovative reward level that lets us stream the film as it premiers at the Sundance Film Festival.

Receive a private link to view the film simultaneous to its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 including Q and A with filmmakers via live stream from the festival. Streaming powered by VHX. And that’s not all!! As Roger acknowledged “My Steak ‘n Shake fetish is not unique”. So you too will be able to enjoy the “crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch” of perfection when you receive the $5 gift card from Roger’s favorite restaurant, Steak ‘n Shake + all the Ebert Fan Club perks! – IndieGoGo

Along with those perks, they made me a member and assigned me one of Ebert’s reviews to enjoy and share with you.

Your film is FLASHDANCE.  Originally published 04/19/1983

 Here’s the link to the review on

Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel

People’s Yoga

People’s Yoga is another great campaign that’s just getting started by one of the members of Las Cafeteras, Leah Rose. More that just a yoga movement, aims to healthy choices available to people in the community by opening the first Yoga Studio to open in East Los Angeles. A portion of the $32,000 they’re raising will also go to offering scholarships to those that would like to practice yoga but can’t afford it. Their rewards are a yoga playlist, t-shirts, stickers and yoga lessons. Not easily accessible to mid-westerners but they’re also offering a live show by Las Cafeteras for a reasonable donation… check it out. We’ll be chipping in for the playlist, a thank you note and a sticker.

Ms. Blue-Siegler’s Class

Last but not least, Anne Blue-Siegler needs our help to continue running Art Club her 5th grade students at a Chicago Public School on the South Side of Chicago. No rewards here but a warm feeling in your heart for bringing art to those who need it most.

My kindergarten to 8th grade students are from a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. They are 99% African-American and mostly come from low income households. They are excelling academically at this Chicago Public School, where 82% of the students meet or exceed the standards on the state exam, ISAT. This is above the state average and way above the district average. The community is very supportive of the students and parents are active in their education. The arts are very important to this school. There is general music class, a pull-out violin and band program, and after-school drama club and chorus. A little over two years ago, we added visual art classes and Art Club after years without it. The program has been built from scratch since then. The students love art class and there is a long waiting list to get into Art Club. Their enthusiasm for art is contagious and makes me excited to teach them every day. – Ms. Blue-Siegler

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    […] since been a source of inspiration and growth. The last time we wrote about our work with them was leading up to Pay It Forward but we’ve stayed in contact since. Last week, Tempestt wrote an open letter to those of us […]

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