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Join Us in Venice!


Yes, it’s the Rex residency in Venice, thanks to Portland-based Innovative Giving Enhancement, which has chosen Rex as this year’s partner beneficiary. Join us October 8-18 for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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Join the party with Rex in Venice!

IGE orchestrates experiential residencies that meld art and music in diverse international locales for benefit of artists, non profit arts organizations and local communities. In October 2015, IGE will host Rex Foundation donors, and carefully curated ensembles of internationally prominent musicians, artists and dancers in Venice, Italy for the Art and Music Biennales. Experiential residents, together with fellow travelers, genre specific musical ambassador ensembles, and IGE staff view art, travel, listen to and collaborate in musical exploration, shop and prepare food for cooperative meals.

In Venice, patrons enjoy collective engagement, yet feel free to simply do as they please. Little time is structured other than for restaurant and potluck meals, cocktails, concerts and in house musical explorations. IGE residencies, as opposed to most travel experiences, encourage participants to spontaneously engage as they find inspiration on their own terms, programmed events and opportunities simply backdrops to independent and collective contribution.

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Enjoy contemplative moments in Venice…

Cameron Sears, executive director of the Rex Foundation, will accompany IGE and experiential residents to Venice. Artists and performers who form the residency ensemble include:

  • Nicki Bluhm (Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Brokedown in Bakersfield, Phil Lesh and Friends)
  • Tim Bluhm (Phil Lesh and Friends, Brokedown in Bakersfield, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, The Mother Hips, Rhythm Devils)
  • John Kadlecik (Furthur, Dark Star Orchestra, Golden Gate Wingmen, John K Band)
  • Scott Law (Phil Lesh and Friends, Brokedown in Bakersfield)
  • Leonardo Suarez Paz (Wynton Marsalis, Cuartetango, Placido Domingo, Ruben Blades, Savion Glover, Stanley Jordan, Jim Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra)
  • Olga Suarez Paz (Principal Dancer Cuartetango, Circo de Arrabal, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Arthur Steinhorn (David Nelson Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Kingfish)

Says Sears:  “In essence, IGE combines the arts, inspiration and community into a unique, synergistic experience that reflects our ethic at Rex. Much like a concert in which enjoyment is immediate, but on reflection an experience that brings so much more, so too do IGE residencies leave lasting impressions, the value of which cannot be known until later. Rex is thrilled to be the 2015 recipient of IGE’s philanthropy. Our missions are closely aligned – our organizations share a commitment to cultivating philanthropy and supporting arts and education causes that resonate with us. Considering our roots in the members of the Grateful Dead and in the Grateful Dead experience, we look forward to hitting the road with this entourage of revelers as we explore Venice, the Biennales and our passions for contribution.”

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