Get ready to GROW with the Sensible Reason Pavilion
Kristen Grennan, managing director at Sensible Reason, sat down with Kristen Grennan, co-project manager of the GROW: Psychedelic Garden to talk about this interesting idea of fusing awareness with music in a visual setting at the Mint Green Music Festival. The festival will be held at the Salem County Fairgrounds, NJ on August 24 and 25. Check out what these quirky gals had to say:
Kristen: Thank you, Kristen! It’s great to finally sit down and talk with you face-to-face!
SR: Well, let’s get started. First off, what is the GROW: Psychedelic Garden?
Kristen: The Garden, as I call it for short, is a really cool idea I came up with a while ago while talking with my co-project manager and long-time friend, Greg Sarafan. Greg is also the editor-in-chief at Sensible Reason. The powers that be at Mint Green told Greg that he could host a pavilion at their festival and they would call it the Sensible Reason Pavilion. So anyway, after a long talk, we decided we wanted to do something really new and unique; a way of fusing awareness and music in a natural, unforced way. What better way to raise awareness than with a psychedelic garden? The Garden will have lots of man-made and real plants that you can wander through and explore. There will be informational tags about issues and causes related to the garden theme: world hunger, climate change, organic foods, local farming, and more! If, after becoming aware of these issues, you want to take action, we will have several booths featuring actions you can take at the festival and afterwards with the non-profits Oxfam America and HeadCount.
SR: Cool! Can you briefly describe to me what are Oxfam America and HeadCount?
Kristen: Sure. Oxfam America is a non-profit that works to find sustainable ways to ending hunger, poverty, and social injustice both in the US and abroad. HeadCount is a non-profit that registers voters at concerts, shows, and festivals and encourages political awareness and activism.
SR: Sounds like some epic stuff… How are you guys putting it all together?
Kristen: Well, one cool aspect to the festival is that we will be having a lot of decorations made out of recycled materials. We are also having live plants donated to us from the Mantua, NJ Home Depot. Expect to get lost in a maze-like setting of real and man-made plants that you can touch and learn from, all while listening to great music. Hopefully, you will really GROW your mind!
SR: Wow! That’s awesome! Can you tell me about some of the other cool features we should look forward to seeing in the Garden?
Kristen: There’s so much really… Well we have Officially OutRageUs hosting interviews with artists from the festival at the pavilion. They will also be recording testimonials of people in the pavilion, checking out what they think of GROW and Mint Green. Eventually it will all be compiled into a movie… We also will be having a psychedelic ballet known as the Psy~Ballet. There will also be art by Imagination Overload and music from NYC DJs ConArtist and Ink Line. There will also be a few surprise musical guests at the pavilion throughout the weekend, so be sure to check them out!
SR: I definitely will! Ok, one last question: I heard there was a lot of hullabaloo over something called a Kickstarter page. Can you tell me what the heck that was?
Kristen: Yea, that was how we fundraised for the pavilion. Kickstarter is a great way for people to promote and get funded for events pertaining to the arts. One really cool aspect to the website is that you are required to have rewards for donations. Our rewards ranged from stickers and t-shirts to hula hoops and dinner with Greg and me. I guess we had cool rewards and people liked our project, because we reached our goal of $3,300 thanks to donations made by over 60 backers! Definitely check out our Kickstarter page if you’re interested: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/965245111/grow-psychedelic-garden
SR: Well, thank you so much for your time Kristen! We’re really looking forward to hearing more about your work in the next two weeks!
Kristen: Thanks! It was a pleasure to meet up with you Kristen.