Volunteers - WE THANK YOU

Event Logistics (the basics): 

Outdoor stage with PA System (in front of Cap City Lounge) outdoors at the Craft House. 

Silent Auction ART on display along the grass meeting the sidewalk in front of the barber shop and dog groomers. 

7 p.m.
Music w/Mix and Mingle with ARTISTS
 
7:30 - 7:45 p.m.
OPENING REMARKS
"WHY is blindDANCE FilmFestival?"
and intro of CLARK REYNOLDS and this year's feature film kick-off

7:45 - 8 
- Show and tell of ART on STAGE for SILENT AUCTION

8:00 - 8:30 
- Live Music

8:30 - 9ish
blindDANCE CHALLANGE, audio described live on stage:

"to raise awareness of Audio Description in Film, describe your DANCE MOVES (or have a friend describe) for 30 seconds on film and share at www.blindDANCE.org/blindDANCEchallange - FOR A CHANCE at BIG PRIZES"

9:15 - 10:00
Final remarks and last set of live music

HOW you can help: 

Share this link: www.blindDANCE.org/tallybrailleparty

Help us find: 
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and 
People to describe dancers for the blindDANCE Challange 

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Tallahassee "Believes in BRAILLE" PARTY
April 24 / 7 - 10 pm @Railroad Square Craft House
$25 ticket = includes an appetizer and a beer/wine
A night of art and music
w/ international Braille Artist Clarke Reynolds,
featuring musicians who are blind.

Proceeds go to fund the "Braille on the Streets" feature film.
Tickets for the event (click here)
or
Sponsor Tallahasee "Believes in BRAILLE" Party

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TALLAHASSEE— World records are being made with the largest Braille dots ever on the street, created by international Braille Artist Clarke Reynolds, launching from Florida state capitol of Tallahassee.

Reynolds (who is legally blind) says Braille can be artful in addition to communicating words. 

"Its been my dream to bring my Braille Art to the United States. I'm honored to gift a special outdoor braille artwork to each city we stop in," Reynolds says.

Recently, Reynolds, attracted more than 2,000 people  (for a 2 day show) to visit and experience an interactive Braille Art installation: "Too See The Stars" described by some as "Sensory Heaven".

Although he is highly sought after for public apperances, Reynolds can often be found working humbly from his studio in an artist Co-Op located in Portsmouth United Kingdom. 

Tallahassee based blindDANCE Film Festival and Studios are partnering with Reynolds to document his American East Coast Tour (Braille on the Streets) and are in production of a feature length documentary film.

 

Reynolds is scheduled to film (for the final segment of the film), his own giant Braille Art from a helicopter above New York City. 

Reynold's road tour is appropriately segmented into four sections appearing as such in the film: Art, Education, Adventure and EATING. 

FIRST about THE ART: 

LOVE is scheduled to be the biggest word spelled in Braille ever on the streets,anywhere in the world. 

Braille letters include up to six dots, Reynolds's giant Braille dots are three feet in diameter (each the size of a sidewalk square).

 

The dots are colored red, white and blue in honor of the American Flag. Additionally, silhouettes of iconic local skyline structures are tastefully included inside each Braille dot, from city to city. 

 

Friends of the film and the names of sponsors will also be written into the Braille dots.

NOW about the EDUCATION:

"Education is the reason for this film, art absolutely, but education through art," says Ben Fox, the film's director (also founder of the blindDANCE Film Festival).

 

"We hope to raise awareness, 9 of 10 people who are blind still may have some usable vision and appreciate the different colors and sizes of the dots of Clarke's Braille Art," says Fox. 

Both Reynolds and Fox agree this tour is part of a bigger mission (shared with others, some to be featured in the film) raising awareness of the strengths, talents and tools present in blindness community.

It is Reynolds work ethic that caught the attention of blindDANCE producers, in addition to his artistic talent and creative technique.

"We have a dream to see an equal employment rate for the blindness community and our sighted peers. Today 75 percent of people who are blind are unemployed," says Fox. 

Many fans say Reynolds is doing much more than simply working as he is creating art with his career. 

Reynolds has a university degree in classical art, which he began studying before he became legally blind.

"Braille on the Streets is a celebration of triumph and introspection for both Clarke and me," says Fox. "Clarke shows the world that there are no limits for the blind by creating amazing art, relationships, and possibilities for understanding."

Reynolds says he loves to share strategies learned from his journey with blindness, which aid his art and life.

"The thing I'm most excited for is speaking at centers for the blind and meeting others who are blind in America," Reynolds says. "I hope to share the example of possibly to do work you love for a living, regardless of how your eyes work."  

Clark has a state sponsored podcast, and enjoys regular invitations for public speaking engagements. Recently an elementary school class was named after Reynolds, in the UK, including a section of study of his work. 

NOW about THE ADVENTURE:

 

For this tour the experiences along the road (and especially those happening in the sky) are created in collaboration with the Visual Experience Foundation (VEF). 

"The VEF experiences are for the person struggling, holding onto hope during vision loss, I know what that is like," says Benson (although he can still drive at the age of 60, Benson was the youngest baby to ever have Glaucoma surgery).

Past adventurers have enjoyed the mist from Niagra Falls from a helicopter with no doors, or the engines sound and gentle sway of the Good Year Blimp floating above the Flordia Coast (all organized by VEF Founder Michael Benson).

VEF has some big surprises in store for Reynolds and his friends along the road. 

VEF provides memorable multi-sensory adventures for people newly transitioning to blindness connecting them with others already established in the blindness community. 

 

“Everyone loved the short film Ben Fox and blindDANCE about our annual event 'Surfing for Vision'. So we starting working together filming our adventures for a documentary series,” says Benson. 

Reynolds (whose vision loss is progressive) says he is thrilled for this opportunity to join VEF to meet others transitioning to blindness as part of his creative process for his American Tour.  

“Michael and I have some important things in common. He started VEF to help smooth the transition process for people new to blindness, which is a personal mission for us both," says Fox. 

Thanks to VEF, Fox says, this art tour and movie involve adventurous travel for the blind, while creating art, giving speeches, flying in helicopters, filmmaking and EATING.

NOW about the EATING: 

"Every good travel documentary includes great food segments! Clarke will love the eats and stops on the road," says Fox. 

The EATING segment is called "Celebrity Lunch and Learn: TOPIC Blindness", and Fox says people are going to love the guest list.

Reynolds (described by blindDANCE producers as a saint to work with) made only three requests during the logistics planning for the tour: 

1. Eat at "authentic and local" restaurants if possible.  

2. Eat with interesting people from the blindness community, to learn how things are done in the USA. 

3. Film meals to share with family back home. 

Purposeful meals are scheduled for filming. Each including talking points, such as blindness etiquette, details of different eye conditions and demonstrations of life-enhancing blind tech scheduled for desert. 

It is an important and tender topic for Fox, raising awareness of helpful resources for families.

 

He say his own life would be different if he had information about available resources for people going blind, before learning his own eventual legal blindness designation.

"Imagine if my family learned about blindness resources watching a segment a show like Braille on the Streets," says Fox.

He felt filmmaking couldn't be possible while going blind, and went to school for print journalism after emergency eye surgeries for detached retinas in both his eyes (later he learned he also has a progressive retinal condition). 

It was 14 years between the first eye surgery and the actual designation of legal blindness status.

The blindDANCE Film Festival motto is, "White Canes*,  Cameras, Action! *Guide Dogs Welcome too!

Made possible by our SPONSORS: Physical Therapy Now, Allied Instructional ServicesSenergy Medical Group

 

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IMAGINE...

Clarke WRITES YOUR NAME

on the boarder of the GIANT Braille ART

word: LOVE - then filmed it from the sky

- WE WILL SEND YOU A FRAMED PHOTO

and your name is in the special thanks of the feature length documentary movie.

LOVE: Braille on the Streets

Merch availavle

(click here)

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