A Surrey Muse Featured Artist? You are Amazing!

‘Rainbow Lily’ by Ecaterina Leonte, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.
Finalist, IGPOTY Award 2020.
My Modern Met

Yes, you absolutely are!
Because of you, our first ever fundraising campaign achieved its goal of reaching over $2000 in 20 days- and, at the very first step.

This campaign that began on January 5, 2021, was to begin in the Spring of 2020 but it was almost ‘forgotten’ as we all re-positioned ourselves to respond to COVID by mid-March. Surrey Muse, with its featured guests for January-June 2020 session, took a sudden leap from the real life gatherings to virtual. As we know, this learning curve was the least of the problems presented by the year 2020 yet it was a continuity within a disruptive event that we began to experience together as a community of writers and artists, and we still are.

Surrey Muse virtual gatherings are video driven where each month a 1.5 hour program video is created from the video submissions provided by that month’s featured author, poet, artist/performer, an across-genre Open Mic Opener, and 3-5 open mic presentations. This reliance on videos brought forth accessibility issues, and during an email conversation with Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Disabled Writer and Activist, it became apparent that we needed to take steps to make our virtual gatherings more accessible. Dorothy pointed us to Closed Captioning (cc) Surrey Muse videos as a starting point. This was an important step that we could not accomplish without financial support.

We began working on our campaign in December 2020 with Fundraising Coordinator and Social Media Lead Vila Skyspeaks, and the goal to raise $1500-$2000. Since just-after-Christmas-and-New-Year is not exactly the best time of the year to seek donations, and, Surrey Muse Featured Artists are not a group of corporate executives or the most affluent community of artists in North America, we planned a two-step process: make requests from featured guests and close supporters, and then do a go-fund-me. From January 5 to January 25, we received over $2000 in donations ranging from $10-$600. We are elated because not only that this assures a solid start to the new year, the money came with passionate support. View our amazing benefactors here:
surreymuse.wordpress.com/donate

We are grateful to those who sent donations, those who shared information with others, and those who wished us well.

Thank you.
Randeep Purewall, Fauzia Rafique, Vila Skyspeaks, Mariam Zohra

60 Vancouver Area Writers/Artists Sign Support Letter for Indian Authors

bolaka-bo-bally

Writers, artists, performers, filmmakers, academics and activists of Vancouver Lower Mainland have added their names to support the heroic action of our Indian peers in their struggle against the regime-encouraged intolerance of Indian society.

‘We, the writers and artists of Vancouver Lower Mainland, fully support the protesting Indian authors, artists, actors and filmmakers who have returned their awards and those who have resigned from their posts to protest the Indian establishment’s inaction over the cold-blooded murders of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, and in August, of Prof Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi. The protest also marks the general escalation of intolerance in Indian society projected in the recent Dadri incident where an alleged ‘beef-eater’ was lynched by a mob.

‘We urge the Government of India and its literary establishments to listen to protesting authors and artists and to take required action to create a tolerant society that is able to protect freedom of expression and the human rights of all its citizens.’

Signed by the following 61 authors, artists, filmmakers, performers, academics and activists:

Joanne Arnott
Jarnail Artist
Chinmoy Banerjee
Krishan Bhanot
Ajay Bhardwaj
Sadhu Binning
Edward Blodgett
Aadil Brar
Nachhattar Brar
Harinder Kaur Dhahan
Iinderjeet Dhami
Barjinder K. Dhillon
Sukhjeet K. Dhillon
Jagdev S. Dhillon
kc dyer
Janet Fretter
Nirmal K. Gill
Sonja Grgar
Christine Grimard
Patricia Gruben
Pasi Gunguwo
Alan Hill
Sukhwant Hundal
Mahtab Janjua
Sana Janjua
Nirmaljit K. Johel
Ranbir Johal
Surjeet Kalsey
Avtar Kaur
Sushil Kaur
Shahzad Nazir Khan
Ranbir Khana
Rupinder Rupi Khera
Amarjit K. Manget
Amrit K. Mann
Jasbir K. Mann
Darshan S. Mann
Manolis
Kyle McKillop
Anne Murphy
Haider Nizamani
Nadeem Parmar
Summer Pervez
Randeep Purewall
Fauzia Rafique
Jeewan S. Rampuri
Ajmer Rode
Surinder K. Sahota
Jagjit Sandhu
Joginder S. Shamsher
Jarnail Sekha
Bakhshinder Singh
Neena Singh
Bonnie Quan Symons
Gurcharan Talewalia
Ashley Tombu
Raghavendra Rao K.V.
Rc Weslowski
Rita Wong
Julian Worker
Mariam Zohra

Signatories include individual members of New West Writers, Punjabi Lekhak Manch, Purple Poppy Press, South Asia Film Education Society, Surrey International Writers Conference, Surrey Muse, Uddari Weblog, and more.

This support letter is published at Surrey Muse and Uddari Weblog, it’ll be be shared on social media, and sent to protesting authors, and to the government of India and it’s literary agencies.

Photo from Boiaka Bo Bally

Related posts
Add Your Name to Support India’s Protesting Authors & Artists
Support India’s protesting authors

Surrey Muse and Uddari Weblog thank everyone for participating in this signature campaign.

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Add Your Name to Support India’s Protesting Authors & Artists

sahitya-akademi-protestIndia’s writers and artists hold a silent protest march in Delhi, October 2015 (NDTV Photo)

Surrey Muse and Uddari Weblog invite writers, artists, performers, publishers, filmmakers, art organizers, academics and activists of Vancouver Lower Mainland to add their names to the list of local artists who have decided to support the heroic action of our Indian peers in their struggle against the regime-encouraged growing intolerance of Indian society.

Letter of support
‘We, the writers and artists of Vancouver Lower Mainland, fully support the protesting Indian authors, artists, actors and filmmakers who have returned their awards and those who have resigned from their posts to protest the Indian establishment’s inaction over the cold-blooded murders of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, and in August, of Prof Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi. The protest also marks the general escalation of intolerance in Indian society projected in the recent Dadri incident where an alleged ‘beef-eater’ was lynched by a mob.

‘We urge the Government of India and its literary agencies to listen to protesting authors and artists and to take required action to create a tolerant society that is able to protect freedom of expression and the human rights of all its citizens.’

If you agree
Please sign your name by sending an email to
surrey.muse@gmail.com
with your full name as the message
by Sunday evening November 15th.

The letter, with all our signatures, will be published at Uddari Weblog and Surrey Muse web pages on Monday Nov 16, and it will be sent to Indian authors, Indian Government agencies, some of our local publications, and, be shared on social media.

More information and links
200 UK Authors
Never seen such intolerance
Indian writers and artists hold Protest March
Support India’s protesting writers and artists

46 Signatories on Nov 12, 2015
Jarnail Artist
Chinmoy Banerjee
Krishan Bhanot
Ajay Bhardwaj
Sadhu Binning
Edward Blodgett
Aadil Brar
Nachhattar Brar
Harinder Kaur Dhahan
Iinderjeet Dhami
Barjinder K. Dhillon
Sukhjeet K. Dhillon
Jagdev S. Dhillon
kc dyer
Janet Fretter
Nirmal K. Gill
Sonja Grgar
Sukhwant Hundal
Sana Janjua
Ranbir Johal
Surjeet Kalsey
Avtar Kaur
Sushil Kaur
Ranbir Khana
Rupinder Rupi Khera
Amarjit K. Manget
Amrit K. Mann
Jasbir K. Mann
Darshan S. Mann
Manolis
Haider Nizamani
Nadeem Parmar
Randeep Purewall
Fauzia Rafique
Jeewan S. Rampuri
Ajmer Rode
Surinder K. Sahota
Jagjit Sandhu
Joginder S. Shamsher
Jarnail Sekha
Neena Singh
Bonnie Quan Symons
Gurcharan Talewalia
Rita Wong
Julian Worker
Mariam Zohra

Signatories include individual members of New West Writers, Punjabi Lekhak Manch, Purple Poppy Press, South Asia Film Education Society, Surrey International Writers Conference, Surrey Muse, Uddari Weblog, and more.
(Please feel free to tell us if you like your organization name to be mentioned here or not)

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