Capitol City Contemporary Student Renaissance Fair

by Kate McEvoy | Apr 02, 2013
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Capitol City Contemporary Student Renaissance Festival

I would use a million dollars as seed money to create a modern “Renaissance “ festival that gives our high school students a showcase for their talents. I see it as a project based enrichment program which would have students, with help from mentors from the community create the whole magical village experience of a renaissance.
What would today’s Renaissance look like? It could include visual arts, fine crafts, drama, music, dance, games and food. I would like to see filmmakers and fashionistas and maybe young inventors. Perhaps young filmmakers could document the process so we have a record of that we could replicate.
It is also important to encourage care for the environment by going as Green as possible, using biodegradable products for food and beverages. I would love to see what students would do if asked to re-purpose, refashion and up-cycle wearable and decorative art.
Today’s Renaissance should celebrate diversity and include food and the traditional arts of our multi-cultural community. There are so many ways an event like this would invite multi-generational participation, not only in producing the festival, but also in designing a pilot program that can be offered to other communities.
It wouldn’t just benefit students in the arts but also offer on- the- job training in business, sales, marketing and everything involved in producing a large festival.
We already have programs in St. Paul that offer students opportunities in theater, music, dance and even Circus Juventas. They could be invited to participate. Some of the money raised by the event could go to support of these programs.
When we work together to create something that sparks imagination and creative thinking magic happens. I believe that this big idea would take a lot of work and community support but it would also be so much fun!

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About You

First Name

Kate

Last Name

McEvoy

City

St.Paul

County

Ramsey

Country

United States, MN

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How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

Newspaper

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Stone Crone Creations

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Organization Address

713 E. Minihaha Ave.

City

St. Paul

Organization Country

United States, MN

Your idea

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Title of your idea

Capitol City Contemporary Student Renaissance Fair

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Capitol City Contemporary Student Renaissance Festival
I would use a million dollars as seed money to create a modern “Renaissance “ festival that gives our high school students a showcase for their talents. I see it as a project based enrichment program which would have students, with help from mentors from the community create the whole magical village experience of a renaissance.
What would today’s Renaissance look like? It could include visual arts, fine crafts, drama, music, dance, games and food. I would like to see filmmakers and fashionistas and maybe young inventors. Perhaps young filmmakers could document the process so we have a record of that we could replicate.
It is also important to encourage care for the environment by going as Green as possible, using biodegradable products for food and beverages. I would love to see what students would do if asked to re-purpose, refashion and up-cycle wearable and decorative art.
Today’s Renaissance should celebrate diversity and include food and the traditional arts of our multi-cultural community. There are so many ways an event like this would invite multi-generational participation, not only in producing the festival, but also in designing a pilot program that can be offered to other communities.
It wouldn’t just benefit students in the arts but also offer on- the- job training in business, sales, marketing and everything involved in producing a large festival.
We already have programs in St. Paul that offer students opportunities in theater, music, dance and even Circus Juventas. They could be invited to participate. Some of the money raised by the event could go to support of these programs.
When we work together to create something that sparks imagination and creative thinking magic happens. I believe that this big idea would take a lot of work and community support but it would also be so much fun!

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Creating a magical Renaissance experience that is: non-profit, student- centered,
Contemporary, Green, diverse, self-sustaining and welcomes community involvement is certainly unique. Today’s Renaissance wouldn’t require the space and buildings like our Minnesota Festival. We could use an urban setting that has large indoor space as well as outside. Maybe we could use the State Fair grounds in early spring or in the fall after the State Fair. It has a lot of space and ample parking.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

When we work together to create something that sparks imagination and creative thinking, magic can happen. The success of this project would depend on community support, not only from artists, teachers and businesses but also our families. There is little that brings us together more than something that benefits our kids. St. Paul could offer a model for other cities and perhaps become the epicenter of a new Renaissance.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Ideally my idea would become an annual event and a model to market to other communities. It would not only be self-sustaining but profitable. We would charge admission,(not as much as the Minnesota Renaissance Festival) but since we have the advantage of having families as a built in audience. There many ways to raise funding for arts programs and scholarships beyond the gate.
Renaissance fairs are big business and make money buy charging a percentage of sales to food and beverage vendors. They also sell ad. space in the program. It has become so expensive for participating artists that most young artists simply can't afford the cost. That is what prompted my big idea. I would love to see our talented kids have chance to see the arts as a career choice.

jandayangacho2013 jandayangacho2013 said: It is better to have the students make their projects through applications of what they have learned. - The Review Solution about this Competition Entry. - 2580 days ago read more >

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