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

City of Surrey recognizes Surrey Muse Coordinator & Cofounder for excellence in Literary Arts

Fauzia Rafique, the coordinator and a cofounder of Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS), has received the City of Surrey’s Arts & Heritage Literary Arts Award in recognition of her work in the areas of creative writing and arts organizing. View the document containing the following information, and a complete list of award recipients. CivicDistinctionAwardRecipients.pdf

Fauzia’s statement

‘It is an honour for me to be selected for the City of Surrey’s Arts & Heritage Literary Arts Award.

‘Working for Surrey Muse Arts Society, a non-profit mandated to encourage inclusivity, representation, voice and equality in the arts community, forms a direct organic link to my writing practice as my novels and poems explore similar themes. It works well together, my creative writing process is more instinctive while organizing efforts use intellectual and cerebral energy.

‘I receive this award on behalf of over 300 authors and artists who have graced us since November 2011; Literary Advisers Joanne Arnott, Manolis Aligizakis, Nefertiti SheLa Morrison; Volunteers Helga Parekh, David Macilwain, and, of course, Surrey Muse co-Founders and Directors Mariam Zohra D, Sana Janjua, Randeep Purewall, and myself.

‘Our gratitude to Susan Crean and Jordan Strom for their ongoing support, and, to our peers at Surrey Libraries, Surrey Art Gallery and the City’s Cultural Grants section.’

Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) congratulates all award recipients.


We are mentioned 41 minutes into it.

Visit Fauzia’s web page:
gandholi.wordpress.com

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Support our Projects
Surrey Muse
Surrey Muse Writers
Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)
Women Who Named the Unnamed

Contact
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen,
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Follow Surrey Muse on Instagram – with Vila Skyspeaks

YES! Surrey Muse has an Instagram account!
(Wow! 7 Followers already.)

If you are a writer, poet, painter, dancer, musician, filmmaker- or practice any other art form- we would like to extend our support to you on Instagram.

Surrey Muse is an interdisciplinary art and literature presentation stage offering monthly gatherings since 2011 that feature works of authors, poets, artists, and across genre open mic presenters. The IRL gatherings were held at the City Centre branch of Surrey Libraries till March of this year when we went virtual on YouTube.

The Instagram account is managed by Vila Skyspeaks for Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS).

Vila is a poet, truth seeker, community leader, arts organizer, and, a mama who has just joined us both as a Social Media Lead and as the Fundraising Coordinator. Please welcome with us, our newest member, Vila Skyspeaks.

Find us on Instagram
@surreymuse.arts
‘LIKE’ us on FB
facebook.com/pages/Surrey-Muse
Subscribe to YouTube channel
youtube.com

Support our Projects
Surrey Muse
Surrey Muse Writers
Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)
Women Who Named the Unnamed

Contact
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen,
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Date Extended to December 7- Apply now

The submission date for the following jobs has been extended to December 7

Job Descriptions, November 30, 2020
SMAS Fundraising Plan 2020
For the first time in a decade, Surrey Muse (SM) is going on a funding/fundraising drive. We are putting together a 10-member team to work part time for three months to develop and begin implementation of a 5-year Fundraising Plan to meet our growth needs. One paid and five volunteer positions are available.

Eligibility Requirements – All Candidates
Have access to computer and internet, be able to work from home, and follow a self-directed, agreed-upon timetable to produce desired results.
Be practicing some form of art or craft.
Be in agreement with our mandate.
‘Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) is committed to inclusivity and equality, and wishes to create opportunities for everyone in the arts communities regardless of race, ethnicity, social or economic status, gender, disability, sexuality, religion or any other similarly restrictive category.’
View the Society’s Purposes, and see if they resonate with your own. surreymusecore.wordpress.com/about

Timelines Apply before midnight December 7, 2020

Funding Coordinator
4 hours a week, $15 an hour, 6 weeks
(Dec 14, 2020-Jan 22, 2021), $360

Tasks
Create TWO contact lists: suitable public & private funding agencies
Apply for funds from 2-3 agencies using the two lists
Help market promotional items as needed
Requirements
Ability to create email contact databases, initiating contact with prospective funders, ability to fill out and submit grant applications, ability to draft promotional materials.
Be a resident of the City of Surrey (Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, South Surrey, Whalley).

Volunteer job positions
Surrey Muse is run by volunteers since 2011. We highly value volunteer work. You’ll have autonomy in your area to run your campaign. Needed information and orientation will be provided. Your work will be supported and appreciated.
With gratitude, we’ll provide you with: A Letter of Recommendation at the end of the term, listing your skills and strengths.
Your name on the credit pages of SMAS and SM
The option to continue with an honorarium after three months.
Tasks
Open SMAS account on one of the six social media platforms, and run it for 3 months, sharing content created by SMAS
Requirements
Experience using the relevant social media platform, interest in books/art/literature, proficiency in English, creative writing skills. Be a resident of the World

Social media Lead 2, LinkedIn – Volunteer
3 hours a month for 3 months: December 14, 2020 – March 12, 2021

Social media Lead 3, Snapchat – Volunteer
3 hours a month for 3 months: December 14, 2020 – March 12, 2021

Social media Lead 4, Pinterest – Volunteer
3 hours a month for 3 months: December 14, 2020 – March 12, 2021

Social media Lead 5, Tumbler – Volunteer
3 hours a month for 3 months: December 14, 2020 – March 12, 2021

Social media Lead 6, Ello – Volunteer
3 hours a month for 3 months: December 14, 2020 – March 12, 2021

How to apply
Send us an email message with subject line either ‘Job Position – Paid’ or ‘Job Position – Volunteer’.
Tell us how working with SMAS, in your chosen position, will help you reach your own professional goals
Attach your resume, and send it to us at:
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Web pages
surreymuse.wordpress.com
surreymuseatlarge.wordpress.com
surreymusewriters.wordpress.com
women who named the unnamed
Facebook
facebook.com/groups/SurreyMuseArtsSocietySMAS
facebook.com/surreymuse
facebook.com/SurreyMuseAtLarge
facebook.com/SurreyMuseWriters
YouTube
youtube.com/channel/UCZbc4p_Z7H0powudI18ePhg

‘LIKE’ us on FB facebook.com/pages/Surrey-Muse

Support our Projects Surrey Muse Writers Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)

Contact surrey.muse@gmail.com

Surrey Muse gatherings take place on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie, Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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