At Firefly, we “clipboarded” on the festival grounds before and after Dispatch preformed. With much enthusiasm we went around to fans saying things like “Do you love Dispatch? Awesome! Have you heard about their Amplifying Education campaign?” It was awesome hearing responses from fans that are already informed and supportive of the campaign. Many told me about their past experiences and involvement with AmpEd, and for those who haven’t yet heard about us, everyone was interested in learning more.
This experience stood out for me because the people we were speaking with weren’t gathered specifically for AmpEd, unlike pre-show service projects. Instead, they were at Firefly for the music, yet were still very interested in speaking with us to learn more about AmpEd. As I was explaining the campaign, many people commented how great it was, and wanted to learn more. It was an incredible experience being able to spread the word about AmpEd, telling fans about the great work done through this campaign!
Amplifying Education volunteers came out in full swing this summer to have a presence at Wakarusa,Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam and Firefly music festivals this summer. Though our funky tan lines and the shock of seeing Paul McCartney at Bonnaroo will fade, Amplifying Education’s impact will remain for many years to come in two very special schools.
Chad, Brad and Pete teamed up with volunteers like you to complete eight beautifully painted music and environment themed murals to donate to the Hunter-Tannersville Central School in Tannersville, New York and the Cornerstone Preparatory School in Memphis, Tennessee! Each of the 3 ft. x 4 ft. murals, designed by Darren Buck at Honolulu Ghost Print Shop, were sketched onto 12 pieces of canvas and painted by Wakarusa and Bonnaroo festival-goers. Though many hands came together to create the artwork, we can only hope that they inspire many more to establish music and education as a constant part of their lives.
Did you help paint a mural? If so, THANK YOU from DISPATCH and Amplifying Education! We couldn’t be happier to help brighten two very deserving schools. Check back in the fall to see pictures of the murals installed in their new homes!
Chad and I went to a high school that was the kind of high school for people that had trouble finishing school — something could have happened maybe they were bullied, maybe got pregnant, and other difficult situations. What’s cool about getting involved with social service projects is that we can kind of engage our fans and see what they’re interested in, see what they want to do to help the community. I think it’s just a very positive flow of energy that can only help the music.