Hey there, Friend of Dreamline! Here is your monthly Dream Keeper News! Our goal is to create something that’s quick to read and easy to dig into.
As promised in our inaugural letter, this month’s news has a more readable 5 item format (not 16!)
To me, January is Dream Commitment Month, a time to commit to our dreams in the coming year. I’ll be in touch with more about that soon.
Now here’s the news:
BUILDING A BETTER WORLD IN MEXICO
HOME DEPOT COMMITS TO 4-STORE FUNDRAISER
From February 15 to April 15, every Home Depot customer who checks out at Veracruz, Poza Rica, Cordoba, and Xalapa will learn how to help students at 4 campuses of the University of Veracruz build a better world for all of us, starting with Dreamline! Through “Round-Up Register” funds and materials will support training of local graduates to carry the program to other campuses and get it going. It’s already on fire at Huasteca Campus, thanks to leadership from Dreambassador Amanda Earl! Check out this banner with student recording in NAHUATL, one of several indigenous languages spoken by students there–also with English translation.
Huasteca Banner in Nahuatl
DALLAS DREAMERS COMMIT
FIRST WEEKS IN MAY, VENUE IN PLAY
The DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) Dreambassador Planning Team is hot on the trail of a fantastic venue (African American Museum of Dallas we hope) and a time that works to host a regional (and their second) Dreamline Festival that will best last year’s by light years (even though last year’s was awesome.) With some strong support at the DISD (Dallas District) level, this project looks to be a trailblazer for other groups around the country. Keep your hats on!
Last Year’s DFW Dreamline Festival
KING DAY COMMITMENT TO DREAMS
DREAMLINE WORLD OUTFITTERS FEATURES KING DAY KITS AND MORE
One of the latest offerings of Dreamline World Outfitters, our new online store, is a complete curriculum kit for community groups to use on King Day to create a Dreamline walk-up activity table or in depth workshop. Our commitment through our store offerings is to focus on timely events where dreams connect and to support Dreamline leaders in work with lasting impact.
King Day Kit
ON THE GROUND COMMITMENT IN WEST AFRICA
NAMIBIAN PEACE CORPS TEACHERS TAKE DREAMLINE TO VILLAGES
With the help of WhatsApp low bandwidth video, ten teachers and I talked about dreams at the village level last week. This group of teachers-in-training are about to start their assignments and many will be packing Dreamline materials with them! Led by Dreambassador Sarah Kinder, they will connect across the country. Can’t wait to see the results!
Training in Namibia
COMMITTED PARTNERS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
MURAL ARTS PARTNERS FOR ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE PROGRAM IN PHILLY
In December, Mural Arts Philadelphia called a meeting with individuals from Dreamline, their Restorative Justice Program, their Mural Project Program, Philadelphia Office of Violence Prevention, Mothers United by Angels, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Violence Prevention Program, the Bianca Nikol Roberson Memorial Foundation, and Community Representatives from the Logan neighborhood.
We were there to strategize and plan “In Search of the Mustard Seed: Combating Gun Violence,” a program initiated by Mural Arts to use art and community action in an effort to raise community awareness and provide direct services to areas hit hardest by gun violence in Philadelphia.
At this stage of planning, it looks like there will be neighborhood outreach and programming, resulting in the creation of Dream Banners and mobile Dream Booths which will circulate around the city and be the inspiration for a mural project to be completed in fall of 2020. We’ll keep you posted as we work with this group, arguably the most successful nonprofit to create public art for public good in the country.
Mural by Planning Group Member Felix St. Fort
It is so inspiring to me to see the actions that committed groups are taking. In each and every case, it starts with one individual who then connects to others. That is what Dreamline is about, and we want to teach that skill to our children at the youngest age possible, then reinforce it over and over again.
In this time of fractious division in our world, we need programs that bring us together. We need commitment to those efforts.
I’ll be in touch soon.