JUN 04, 2012

Rex Names ‘Uncle Jon’s Band’ Grant Recipients


As a special way to celebrate Jon McIntire’s ongoing community legacy, all of the “Uncle Jon’s Band” $1,000 ticket proceeds from our December 1 A Buck Dancer’s Choice event will be used to fund grants in Jon’s memory.

To that end, the Rex Foundation Board has identified the following programs to be recipients of grants from the event proceeds. We endeavored to identify grassroots programs that were located not only in the Bay Area/ West Coast region, but also in the Hudson Valley of New York and St. Louis area, where Jon spent considerable time. We also sought to find programs doing work in areas of great interest to Jon, those being the environment, the arts, especially the theater, protection of women from domestic violence and human rights abuse, and literacy. We look forward to funding these programs and more in honor of Jon.

Arm-of-the-Sea Productions, Inc

The mission of Arm-of-the-Sea Theater is to enrich the cultural life of communities throughout New York’s Hudson Valley with beautiful and thought provoking works of mask and puppet theater. Productions combine visual storytelling with live music, and fuse the arts, natural sciences, history and current events into multi-layered performances accessible to audience of many ages. Some shows are presented in both Spanish and English. Arm-of-the-Sea is best known for shows that illuminate links between human communities and the life-support processes of the planet.

Cascadia Wildlands

Cascadia Wildlands protects the most-threatened landscapes and wildlife in Cascadia (an area defined by the watersheds that drain the Pacific Northwest from northern California to South-central Alaska). The organization has protected millions of acres of wild forests, prevented endangered wildlife from reaching extinction, stopped plans to dam free-flowing rivers, and, most significantly, shifted the overall management priorities for millions of acres of public forests from one based on commercial extraction to one based on restoration. The mission is to educate, agitate, and inspire a movement to protect and restore wild ecosystems, envisioning vast old-growth forests, rivers full of wild salmon, wolves howling in the backcountry, and vibrant communities sustained by the unique landscapes of the Cascadia Bioregion.

Crossing Borders Project
A project of Eyes and Ears Foundation

The Crossing Borders Project is designed to foster musical and cultural awareness and diversity in the Bay Area by making it possible for musicians from other cultures to travel to the Bay Area and share their unique talents and cultural perspectives. Crossing Borders will help defer travel costs to the musicians and provide promotion and production assistance. The organization’s support will build a bridge across borders that otherwise limit the flow of diverse and unique musical and cultural experiences. By removing obstacles it will be possible for traveling artists to get a foothold in the area, provide a wider spectrum of experience for locals, and make the Bay Area a more desirable destination for both musicians and music lovers.

Klamath Riverkeeper

The specific campaign goals of Klamath Riverkeeper (KR) are to prevent dewatering of rivers and streams, reduce pollution, and remove four Klamath River dams in what will be the largest dam removal project in history. To advance the campaigns, KR uses a combination of legal, policy, scientific, and grassroots organizing tools. Klamath Riverkeeper has a small, but dedicated professional staff and an active, diverse board of directors that includes members of the four largest Klamath Basin tribes, conservationists, landowners, and sport-fishing enthusiasts. The four tribes that work with KR are Karuk, Hoopa, Yurok and the Klamath Tribes. Much of KR’s success is due to the fact that they have built the largest network of grassroots allies in the Klamath River Basin. These volunteers and members can be mobilized at key times to, among other things, testify at meetings, write public comments and letters to the editor, staff booths at fairs and conferences, and call elected representatives.

New Line Theatre

Now in its 22nd season, New Line Theatre, of St. Louis, Missouri, is the only professional alternative musical theatre company in the country, involving the people of the region in the exploration and creation of socially and politically relevant works of musical theatre daring, muscular, adult theatre about politics, sex, race, the media, violence, obscenity, art, religion,and other contemporary issues. The artists of New Line believe live theatre is one of the most powerful tools in the world for social and political change, and believe they have an obligation to use that tool to make the world a better place and engage the people of the region in discussions about the issues of our times. The musical theatre is one of the few indigenous American art forms, one of America’s greatest artistic gifts to the world, and New Line treats it with the seriousness, respect, humor, and joy that it deserves.

StoveTeam International

StoveTeam International assists families in Latin America by promoting the local production of safe, affordable, fuel-efficient stoves to solve medical and ecological problems caused by traditional cookstoves and open fires. StoveTeam International began when Nancy Hughes, its founder participated in a medical mission to Guatemala in 2003. During that trip, she met women and children who had suffered debilitating burns from their open cooking fires, and babies who died because their throats were so coated with creosote that they could not be intubated. She decided she had to do something to prevent such tragedies from occurring. The next year she returned with a “stove team” that installed safe, fuel-efficient cookstoves in families’ homes. By 2007, StoveTeam had designed a new stove, the portable Ecocina that did not require a chimney or installation. They developed a model to create local stove factories in developing countries so that local people could make and distribute fuel-efficient stoves and create sustainable businesses in the process. Since then StoveTeam has become a non-profit organization and has helped local entrepreneurs establish six factories in five countries. These self-sustaining businesses have produced more than 30,000 affordable, fuel-efficient cookstoves to replace dangerous open cooking fires, positively impacting the lives of over 180,000 people in Latin America. Currently StoveTeam is in the process of helping to establish three more factories in Mexico, where 27 million people cook over open fires.

Tangible Hope

The mission of Tangible Hope is to empower and protect young girls in Ethiopia by advancing their human rights through education, health care and nutrition; thereby creating a generation of women who can lift the next generation out of poverty and into a world of opportunity. Â Tangible Hope was founded by a native of Ethiopia whose path took her full circle back to her home country to look for a higher purpose in her life. She found it in the eyes of a little girl, living and working in hardship along side her mother who did housework. She was determined to send that girl to school. That was the beginning, and now Tangible Hope’s sponsorship program is educating 50 girls, with 50 additional girls identified and on the waiting list for sponsorship. The local community chooses the girls based on greatest need. Rather than doing the usual physical labor, these young girls will be provided with after school tutoring, computer education, hygiene, nutrition, and a sustainable organic garden. Above all they will be protected and given follow up to ensure their personal and academic success.

The Litquake Foundation

Litquake’s mission is to foster interest in literature, to perpetuate a sense of literary community, and to host a vibrant forum for writing from the Bay Area and beyond.

Litquake accomplishes this through a variety of channels:

1) A 9-day festival each October at venues primarily located in San Francisco, and also at venues in the greater Bay Area. Festival attendance in 2011 was 16,500.

2) The annual Barbary Coast Award, given to an author or literary organization that has contributed to the thriving Bay Area literary community

3) A once- or twice-monthly free literary salon series in San Francisco called The Epicenter

4) An in-schools program, Kidquake in the Schools, that brings authors to 10 public elementary schools in San Francisco each year and gives each student a book by the presenting author

5) Lit Crawl events produced in New York, Austin, and Seattle, with Litquake branding

6) A free literary podcast, called LitCast, available free through iTunes and LibSyn: https://litquake.libsyn.com/