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WELCOME! 
THIS IS FOR YOU.
Welcome to Dream Keeper News, a newsletter for the entire Dreamline community! Our goal is to create something that’s quick to read and easy to dig into. I’d love to know how we’re doing, so any and all feedback is welcome!  

This has been an incredible fall for Dreamline, so I’ll give you a short bit about many things that are growing and improving our program to help students around the world move in the direction of their dreams.

FAIR WARNING: There are 16 items listed here.
Our goal is to communicate monthly  and keep it to 5! But here goes…

DC DREAMS CHARTER CONFERENCE 
NATION’S CAPITAL WRAPPED IN DREAMS
Dreamline went to the FOCUS DC Charter Schools Conference in October, connecting with leaders from DC Charters–which serve nearly half of the students in DC. Now we are in conversation with more than 20 DC schools about joining Dreamline this year and building a Dreamline around the Capitol! FOCUS

BULK MAIL PLUNGE
USPS + 1,000 EDUCATORS = IMPACT
Dreamline got its feet wet with USPS Nonprofit Bulk Mail this fall, sending out our first ever mailing. More than 1,000 educators across the nation received a 10×13 envelope full of Dreamline materials and information. This was made possible by a small but dedicated army of volunteers at our October “Mail Party!”  Video Clip

TAEA IN GALVESTON
THE ART OF CONNECTING DREAMS
Dreamline was a vendor at the Texas Art Educators Association conference in November, connecting with more than 180 interested art educators from across the state. Also as a result, we’re in discussion with the TAEA about becoming part of their statewide Big Art Day on March 5th.   Video Clip   TAEA

SCHOOL ARTS MAGAZINE
INVITATION TO BRAG
The editor of School Arts Magazine, the nation’s oldest magazine for arts educators (print circulation of 20,000), invited us to submit a 1-page article on Dreamline for an upcoming issue. They feature one nonprofit each month, and want to tell everyone about us!  School Arts Magazine

NEW TECHTAGS & TEACHER SUPPORT
TALKING BANNERS & CURRICULUM CLARITY
In addition to streamlined curriculum guides and educator information focused on outcomes and learning objectives which we created this fall, we’ve developed a new system called TechTags. It’s a sticker that goes on a Dreamline Banner so anyone with a smartphone can instantly access the digital version of the Banner with voice recording, map, and social sharing–fabric that talks and travels.  Making Magic Banners

PMA AFTER SCHOOL SELECTS DREAMLINE
THE ROCKY STEPS LEAD TO DREAMS
The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Delphi after school arts program, serving 160 middle school students from Philadelphia city schools each week, selected Dreamline as their first project of the year. Fantastic art is under way, guided by their teaching artists and soon to be completed. Can’t wait to see it.  Philadelphia Museum of Art Delphi Programs

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE DREAMS
HOPE & EMPATHY FOR FAMILIES IN NEED
Philadelphia Ronald McDonal House has reached out to us to bring dreams to their programming for  the families of seriously ill children who stay there. They already did a Dreamline pilot that  was a huge success, and there’s more to come.  Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

SHOWER OF HONORS FOR DREAMLINE
CITY, STATE, AND NATIONAL CITATIONS FOR OUR WORK

Thanks to the longstanding devotion of Divine Change, Inc., a faith-based after school tutoring program serving youth in North Philadelphia, I and the Dreamline Program were recognized and honored. At their awards banquet, we received individual citations from Philadelphia’s Mayor, Philadelphia’s City Council, our Governor, the State Senate, the State House of Representatives, and a member of the US House of Representatives.  Divine Change, Inc.

MURAL ARTS EXTENDS THE DREAMLINE
MAGIC IN MURALS DRAWN FROM DREAMS
We were thrilled when Philadelphia Mural Arts came to us this fall to discuss collaboration for their program to focus on responses to gun violence in three of Philly’s hardest hit neighborhoods. They invited us as not only thought partners in the process but also to help them utilize Dreamline to engage community, spread the word, and create a mural summing it all up in visual form on a building. We’ll keep you posted.  Mural Arts Philadelphia

IB SCHOOLS TAP DREAMLINE
LEARNER PROFILE = CONNECTED DREAMS + SDGs
With an article connecting IB and Dreamline by International  Baccalaureate leader Kelly Cordera at Caleb Greenwood School  in Sacramento, CA along with strong support for exploring global collaborations in the international IB network from Dean Harris, Dean of Learning and MYP Coordinator at DC International Charter School, we are fast recognizing and developing the direct line of connection between Dreamline and the IB Learner Profile, guiding schools around the world.  IB Schools

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & DREAMLINE
MORE THAN MAPS, EMPOWERING EMPATHY
After initial conversations with the Director of Educator Networks from National Geographic at the DC conference, we are in conversation with Geographic’s Kenie Richards, Senior Director of Networked Communities, about collaboration since one of their newly established goals to reach 200 MM youth with programming to develop empathy over the next 5 years.  National Geographic Education

SALESFORCE & DREAM SUPPORT
SAN FRANCISCO DREAMERS IN THE MIX 
In addition to enjoying the huge organizational benefits of the free version of the information organizing software Salesforce provides, we’ve recently been in discussion with their Global Grants Program Manager, thanks to Dreamline fan connections at their Dream Force convention in San Francisco. We’ve got language in common, and will see what comes next!  Dreamforce

DREAMLINE STORE AT LAST
MERCH, MATERIALS, AND MAGIC
We finally have a store! Now Dreamline can provide all of the project-specific materials groups need to participate in Dreamline along with professional development and training services, exhibition materials, and of course DREAM MERCH! We’ve got some products up and others arriving every week. Check it out. And all proceeds support our nonprofit.  Store.Dreamline.org

DREAMLINE IN MEXICO WITH HOME DEPOT
BUILDING A BETTER WORLD, STARTING IN VERACRUZ
Dreamline Ambassador Amanda Earl has taken Dreams to Veracruz, Mexico where she is conducting her doctoral research for Columbia University. And then there’s Home Depot. Talks are under way to create a Dreamline Program at multiple sites, with support from Mexico’s Home Depot and their mission to “Build a Better World.” Veracruz this spring and then we spring ahead. Stay tuned.  Photos from Veracruz  Sample Banner 

NOTEFLIGHT COLLABORATION PILOT
THE MUSIC OF LINKED DREAMS
Online composition tool Noteflight helps students to compose–at any age. Music, like dreams, reaches across culture and language. So this year, funded by a grant, Lawrence Middle School and its star music teacher Melissa Clark will run a pilot program where students first make Dreamline Banners, then compose music about them, then link the music to the Banners–online. Listen in for more.  Noteflight

JUNE 7 DREAMLINE FEST
CELEBRATING THE FABRIC OF DREAMS
The second annual All-Dreamline-Program Dream Philly Festival will blast off on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at Cherry Street Pier with an all day event that everyone can join–live or remote. Mark it now and watch dreams fly.  Cherry Street Pier

Yours truly,

–Dreamline Jeffrey

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Jeffrey Harlan
Dreamline Founder
jeffrey@dreamline.org

The Sun Never Stopped Shining

My last blog post was titled “I don’t want anyone to miss this!” Now a while later since we’ve been so busy, I get to write about what really DID happen on May 12th because, truly, I don’t want anyone to miss THIS EVENT STORY and FB LIVE VIDEO BELOW:

EVENT STORY

On May 12th in Philadelphia this year the temperature was about 40 F / 4.5 C and it was pouring rain. We had planned for months. The vendors. The workshops. The Zoom call with students in Cairo.

dreamline under clouds1People had really put out. The Photobooth vendor driving up from Wilmington. The artist who designed the Dream Spiral.

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The Dreamline teachers from Dallas who arrived with 1,000 Dreamline Banners from their schools and other as well.

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The folks who were doing workshops on fabric printing, social media for change, and more.

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The dedicated event volunteers who showed up early and worked tirelessly to get everything in place, ready, and rolling.

 

The spoken word and hip hop artists who were donating their time and talent–and it was a lot of talent.

We had a huge lineup of activities and fun and expression all set for everyone! You can check out the program:

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Click to download the pdf

May 12th was the coldest most rainy Mother’s Day imaginable.

 

But the sun never stopped shining at Cherry Street Pier!

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Right before 1:00 when we were scheduled to start, they started to come. And they came, and they came. I couldn’t believe it when the Pier reported to us after it was all over that more than

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walked through the doors to learn about and support the dreams from students across our city and around the world!

 

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You just can’t stop this thing!

 I am so exceptionally grateful, and can’t wait until next year.


PLEASE ENJOY OUR FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM SEGMENTS HERE!

Special thanks to our videographer José Sevillano, anchor Patrice Seko, and Arabic narrator Ranem Atina.

INTRODUCTION
Interviews with Organizers Jeffrey and Serita. Introduction in Spanish.

DREAM SPIRAL AND WORKSHOPS

EVEN INTRODUCTION IN ARABIC

For more content see our Facebook Page @DreamlineB

I don’t want anyone to miss this…

I do not want anyone to miss what will happen on May 12th in Philadelphia. There is such an outpouring of creativity, generosity, and energy, I’m often feeling overwhelmed by it.

Just today, I was on a call with Michael Munetsi, an art teacher in Dallas, Texas, who spoke of how her students got to know who they were, truly, through the Dreamline experience. It is that deep connection that will be celebrated en masse on May 12 .

And I want you to be a part of it. If you live near us, come. Get a free Eventbrite ticket here.

If you live elsewhere and Facebook is accessible to you, follow us to watch our Facebook Live stream. The schedule for it is at the end of this blog.

But don’t take my word for it. Take the Walking Tour of May 12 below for a preview, and see for yourself. I look forward to seeing you there.

What you see below is a diagram of Cherry Street Pier, the site for our May 12 Dream Festival.  For a sense of scale, the whole thing, from left to right, is about 500 feet long. It  connects to the street on the left side where people enter. The rest is surrounded by water and there’s lots of glass. It is an early 20th century pier, recently renovated by the Delaware River Waterfront  Corporation as an art and community space. It just opened last fall.  It is the ideal place to let dreams fly. More on the history of the pier here.

And now let’s start our walking tour…

When you walk in you’ll be greeted at the welcome table (far left).  If you have an Eventbrite ticket, you’ll get a free raffle entry. And we’ll be giving away Dream in a BottleKits, a Dream-Branded bottle with a beautiful design created by Dreamline staffer Grace Bridy, that has a poster inside on how to bring Dreamline into your community.

One of the Pier’s great food trucks from Cooperage Restaurant is on your left. Further down, you’ll see our socially minded vendors and community organization information tables. Other food vendor trucks you’ll find down the Pier are Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Birdie’s Biscuits, and Harden’s Indonesian Fare, along with the Pier Beverage Truck.

Moving down the pier, you’ll encounter our workshop tables where you can stop in to learn techniques for simple printing on cloth (great for Dream Banners), how to start your own podcast, or how to make a Dream Bracelet you can wear home. And those are just a few.

In front of the workshop tables, you’ll be able to enter, for the first time ever, our newly revealed Dream Spiral, an immersive installation of Dreamline Banners from around the world. You’ll walk in, surrounded on both sides by 7-foot high “walls” of cloth Dream Banners. Moving into the center, you’ll be entirely surrounded by art and words on cloth. There you’ll be invited to write your own dream on a small piece of paper and add it to the “waterfall of dreams” hanging at the center of the spiral.

When you emerge, you’ll be fully ready to sit down and make your own Dreamline Banner with markers and cloth at the nearby Banner Making station set up for all who are attending. Then you can take it to the Dreamlining Table, adding it to the Digital Dreamline to be instantly shared around the world on the Dreamine gallery and mobile app.

Step over to the Photo Booth, donated by Snap Happy Photo Booth to get a great shot. Finally, attach your Dream Banner to one of the Dream Cubes being created down the Pier in our PVC Zone–where you can help construct PVC Dream Cubes if you like building things.

If you step back and look up, you’ll see the Pier’s two-sided video display overhead. It’s 11 feet long and 7 feet high!. When we’re streaming live on Facebook, you’ll see it there. And between segments, you’ll see some of the Dreamline Banners from around the world that have been uploaded to our app, some with the voices of students reading them. And with tech luck, we’ll have students from different places around the US and the world reading the Dreamline banners from that screen as well.as part of our Spoken Dreams segment (see below.)

Speaking of sound, you could be hearing any of the following performers who have volunteered to add their art to our event this year: spoken word artist Word Smith and his DJ, vocalist Aylee, rap and spoken word artist T Coda, vocalist James Allen, vocalist Trina Davis, and others.

Continuing down the Pier and toward the performers, you’ll find the our Dream Philly Festival Raffle and Merch Table where you can buy a chance to win one of the very generous packages donated by local business such as United by Blue, Fringe Arts, Bluecross Riverrink, and Shot Tower Coffee. You can also pick up Dream buttons, tattoos, and other items to help you keep focused on what matters most.

As you get to the end of the indoor part of the pier, you’ll see the Ripoff Contest area to your left (along with the PVC Zone). There, contestant teams will be competing to see who can rip sheets into Dream Banner sized cloths in fierce timed competition to win honor and prizes–and do community service at the same time. The banners will be given to schools who need them.

Finally, before you step outside, you’ll see and hear the stage area where the Pier’s PA –that totally fills the space will broadcast our performers. At 2:30 (US Eastern Time) it will be the center of our brief remarks followed by our Spoken Dreams segment of the day. You’ll see bleacher seating in front of the performance area along with a large group of wooden chairs. Spoken Dreams will feature individuals speaking their Dreamline Banners and the Banners that inspire them for all to hear.

Walk past this and step outside. The end of the Pier is completely open sky, filled with planters, and surrounded on three sides by the water of the Delaware River. To the left you’ll see the 1.8 mile long Benjamin Franklin Bridge spanning the river from Philadelphia to Camden, New Jersey. And all around you’ll see Dream Banners blowing in the breeze. (If the weather is rainy they will be inside as there is plenty of space.) You’ll also find two of the Pier’s food trucks in this space so you can get a snack and take some time to read and enjoy art and words of dreams from Texas to Chestnut Street.

And while you’re out here, you’ll definitely want to step into one of the free 10-minute standing yoga stretch sessions donated and led by Flex Yoga’s founder Aisha Shabazz. She’ll help you open your heart to receive these powerful messages of hope.

And that’s our tour. I very much hope you can experience this in person on May 12, 2019. But if you can’t I hope you can tune in virtually to find meaning in the fabric of our connected dreams.


Below is the schedule of our Facebook Live feeds on May 12th. Follow our Facebook to get and share our Video Link on the day.

May 12, 2019 Dream Philly Festival Facebook Live
Video Stream Schedule

All times are in USA Eastern Time. Time Zone Converter Here.

1:00-1:10
Intro with Jeffrey and Serita, event organizers. Quick look at the food trucks and the whole Pier.

1:30-1:40
Highlighting the Workshops  in progress.

2:00-2:10
A look at the Dream Spiral and all of the Dream Banners on display.

2:15–2:30 Call in time for Facebook Liver Dreamline readings from around the world. Will show on the Pier’s 11 x 7 ft / 2  x 3.3 m video wall.

2:30-3:15
Spoken Dream Segment with introductory speakers, attendees reading their own dreams or those that inspire them,.

3:45-4:45
Wrap up with Jeffrey & Serita and interviews with attendees.

“It’s a worldwide thing.”

img_20190414_0753329140980852658822022.jpgLast Monday I was on a call with Dave Potter,  a thought leader in global ed, an individual who has worked with iEARN and other groups for years and now works for the Kind Foundation on Empatico, their school-to-school connection project. He was saying one of the challenges of engaging schools in innovative work is that when the leader leaves the school, so does the program.

But NOT in Dallas, and not with Dreamline. The Anson Jones Elementary School had been doing Dreamline as a whole school for the past few years. At the end of last year the principal, Mr. Herrera left. And so did Dreamline art teacher Candice Lindsay. But instead of folding, the program exploded, holding its own at Anson Jones, moving into Mr. Herrera’s and Ms. Lindsay’s new schools and pulling in others as well.

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Dallas mayoral candidate Scott Griggs (and son) with event organizers Shannon and Candice.

The result blew me away when I attended the first-ever multi-school Dreamline Festival in Dallas last Saturday.  Started last fall as the idea of Shannon Kline and Candice Lindsay, it happened last week and it was magical. Originally planned as an outdoor event, it moved to a  donated space to get out of the heavy rain. Then the power was off, but the organizers never lost a beat and were gaining power every second–especially with a donated generator. As I said to the group, “When the power is off, the power is ON.” And it surged on Saturday.

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Nearly a thousand Dreamline banners, Dream Cubes crowned with fairy lights, a first-ever Dream Rock activity, group art, face painting, Dreamline Banner making, and more, were featured.

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The event was staffed largely by the middle school art club of Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School. And there was strong participation by Arcadia Park Elementary, Hall Elementary, Harry Stone Elementary, Sam Rosen Elementary, and Herfurth Elementary.

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The center of the event was the collection of Dreamline banners from across the city surrounded by the energetic blast of sound and light from a volunteer professional DJ.

 

It was a day I will always remember and that, I imagine, all present will carry with them in the years to come. And they’re already talking about next year.

A few quotes from middle school students at the event:

“It’s like you’re a big family when you do the Dreamline, however you don’t know each other yet.”

“It makes you see how humankind people are.”

“There’s people from all over the world, but they all kind of share the same purpose, which is like to make this world a better place, to make it better so people will be happy, and they want to help others. That’s what kinda got me.”

“You’re pouring your heart out over an image, over some piece of art.”

“The part of it that got me excited was that I know people would actually hear my voice.”

“This applies to a lot of people, not just me. It’s a worldwide thing.”

I could not have said it better.

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