Rachel Jendrzejewskiis creating ART
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every dollar counts. thank you!! all patrons will have access to a patron-only feed, essentially a private blog/archive where I share all new releases, including things that I may never share with the wider public (e.g. full-length videos of performances)... dating back to 2015. plus all you good eggs can meet and interact with each other!
you are the cat's pajamas. thank you!! in addition to the above, I'll periodically send you hard copy draft pages from new plays or other writing, selected especially for you. frame them, fold them up and carry them in your pockets, hide them in library books for strangers...
this is a whole new level of commitment to the development of new work. thank you!! in addition to everything above, you will be among the first to receive a complimentary copy of any/all of my writing published in book form. new Patronauts at this level will be mailed encyclopedia (2016) or In Which _______ and Others Discover the End (2018) as a welcome gift!
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in recent years, I have been exploring many different models for financial sustainability as an experimental writer, collaborative performance-maker, and interdisciplinary artist.
in November 2015, I joined this new platform, Patreon, which departs from many other crowd-sourcing platforms in that aims to generate less project-specific, more ongoing income for artists, while directly connecting these artists and their work to their audiences, fans, and supporters - taking the best of patron models from centuries past (the 1:1 mutually rewarding relationship between an artist and a supporter) and translating it into a new horizontal platform for today (where a "patron" can be someone who regularly gives $1, not $1 million).
in short, Patreon has been life-changing. a little more than three years later, I am thrilled and honored to have an ever-widening circle of incredible patrons who are providing me with substantial support - empowering me to prioritize work that might otherwise live on the back burner indefinitely.
giving through Patreon is different from nonprofit/charitable giving. Patreon support is not tax-deductible. it's more like subscribing to a theater season... only instead of paying an institution for tickets to whatever they might create that year, you're paying an artist directly for access to whatever she makes that year (or over any amount of time that you want to commit). it's an active relationship and mutual exchange.
Patreon has become popular thanks in part to some high-profile folks (like the amazing Amanda Palmer) who use it to connect to fans around the world. clearly, I'm not operating at such a vast scale, so I hope it goes without saying that I do not have expectations about securing a comparable level of support! rather, I see this platform as a useful way to connect with my existing small-yet-so-mighty circle of supporters in a way that is personal, ongoing, and logistically smooth/streamlined - perhaps eventually serving as an alternative to (at least some of) the big time-sensitive project campaign blitzes, as I become able to budget for projects in a new way, thanks to knowing what has been pledged per piece.
"per piece?" you might wonder, what does that mean?
in a nutshell, here's how it works:
+ a "piece" could be something small, like a blog post, or big, like the premiere of a new performance. I make a lot of different kinds of things - not only plays and performances, but also collages, poems, songs, films, blog posts, and more.
+ I currently share 1-3 "pieces" per month. sometimes it is less and occasionally it might be more.
+ you can set a dollar cap on your giving, so that you never exceed what is affordable for you during months when I'm on fire. you'll still have access to everything I make. you also can bow out before you get charged in any given month, if you find yourself in a financial pinch or simply aren't feeling it.
+ in addition to being the first to access any released "pieces," my Patronauts will receive exclusive updates and thank you gifts on a regular basis, most of them organic to my art-making processes of the moment.
in 2020, your support is more vital than ever, as I find my "new normal" following a year of breast cancer treatment. forthcoming projects include a new interdisciplinary collaboration with Brooklyn-based movement maker Terry Hempfling, incubating at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis; new projects in development with Tricklock Company and CalArts Center for New Performance; AND MORE!
your patronage plays an unspeakably huge role in allowing me to prioritize and commit time to these projects, in many cases even before (or in lieu of) securing institutional partnerships and other forms of funding. I can't wait to share more about all of it with you over the coming months.
thank you so much for your belief and support!
banner image from video still of work-in-progress with Terry Hempfling, 2018