“If you are a dreamer, come in…”
– Shel Silverstein
The Advocate invites you to share your wildest dreams for Corvallis, at our upcoming “Dream Launch” Open Mic Night, on Tuesday, May 1, at Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, from 7 to 9 p.m..
It’s no secret that alt weeklies are facing fast extinction. While this event is free and open to the public, it is aimed at generating patron pledges and donations that would sustain The Corvallis Advocate, our city’s only alt weekly, as we fight to survive, and strive to uphold our vision for the community.
Open mic sign-up will start prior to the event, at 6:30 p.m., and attendants will be welcome to the stage to share their dreams for Corvallis, after a short presentation portion, introducing The Advocate’s mission, community vision, and pledge announcements. For an idea of what we will be presented, read this week’s feature, all about our mission and values, and how we plan to use them to adapt and evolve.
And don’t worry, dreamers – instead of fleeting dreams, we’ll tether them down to a collaborative community dream board of our own creation, which will be brought by The Advocate, and built upon there and at future events. Participants will be encouraged to jot down and post distributed dream logs that speak their vision for Corvallis.
We will use the public’s feedback to help generate future event and story ideas, as well as publish some of the community’s dreams in an upcoming issue of The Advocate. We will continue to accept dream logs at future events and via digital submissions, to create one giant, ever-evolving vision for our community’s future.
The “Dream Launch” open mic will feature small gifts to participants and raffle prizes from advertisers such as Shonnard’s Nursery, Darkside Cinema, and Bursts Chocolate. Darkside is also sponsoring the event, along with The Corvallis Farmers Market, Benton Habit for Humanity, Shonnard’s Nursery, and Marie Jane’s.
It is our hope that this event will help solidify to the public who we really are and what we really hope to accomplish at The Corvallis Advocate. Let’s dream big, and let’s do it together.
By Stevie Beisswanger
A prior version of this story identified Benton Habitat for Humanity only as Habit for Humanity.