Tick, tock, tick, tock…

Helllloooo, Cleveland!

Well, it’s 2011, and we’re entering the final stages of Brite Winter planning. Here are the updates.

Music - Our mainstage will feature the musical stylings of Cobra Verde, The Wheel, and Living Stereo. Ultimate Donny will be our DJ/MC for the evening. Our “musicube” artists, aka bands in a bubble, will be Martin and Marshall, Amy Fishbach, Cool Matt, and Worried Men. Not sure what a band in a bubble is? See the pic below. Know of anyone else who wants to play in one? Give us a shout.

Food and Drink - Gypsy Bean and Baking Co., Sainato’s, and food trucks by Umami Moto and strEAT Mobile Bistro will keep our tummies happy during Brite 2011. From Asian to Italian, vegetarian to comfort food, we’ve got you covered. Sainato’s has a full bar, so none will go thirsty.

Art - We have just issued a call for artists. We already have several local and regional artists participating, but the more, the merrier. If you are interested in doing performance art or an installation, contact Matt Beckwith at mbeckwith@cia.edu.

Fun and Games - We have 24 feet of skeeball. We have 9 holes of snow minigolf (or putt-putt if you’d rather). We have skibikes courtesy of the Ohio City Bike Co-op. And who knows what else we’ll come up with before February 19.

Sponsorships - Thank you to our Silver sponsors, the K&D Group and Gypsy Bean & Baking Co.!  Thank you also to the generous support of The Alchemy, Case Western Reserve student groups (Graduate Student Senate, GradPro Council, and the Graduate Business Student Association).  Thank you for in-kind help from the Cleveland Metroparks and Hot Cards. We are still looking for Silver and Gold level sponsors.  Please send businesses with a Cleveland presence who want to be involved in something unique our way.

Fundraising - We want anyone and everyone to contribute to the success of Brite -- and yes, that means financially, too.  We're committed to bringing all of this lovely, fun stuff to the Flats on February 19 free of charge.  We are asking for your financial support, however you can contribute.  $1 earns you a handshake and eternal gratitude.  And we will, of course, accept more.  Please click through to our Kickstarter site and give as you are able.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/8078232/brite-winter-festival-2011

Marketing and Advertising - Our marketing and outreach numbers are sick.  We're talking somewhere in the neighborhood of 160,000 impressions, my friends.  That's a lot. We're also asking local businesses interested in reaching our audience to advertise in our program booklet.  Prices start at $50.  Give a holler if you're interested.

Partnerships - We have WAY to many people and groups to mention here, so I'll keep to the most recent additions.  The Ohio City Bike Co-op will be lending their skibikes, space, and general awesomeness to the event.  Beachland Ballroom has lent staff support for band booking and advertising.   Cleveland is a great town.  My favorite part about all of this is seeing how people come together to make something amazing.

Volunteers - We are actively recruiting volunteers for the week of and day of the event itself!  We ask a minimum of 2 hours for activities such as selling coffee, running skeeball, handing out programs, and helping with glamorous tasks such as garbage removal.  If you are lucky enough to have plans to be in the 216 on February 19, come join us!  Email to britewinter@gmail.com.

So much to do, so little time... - Here's how you can help:

  1. Like us on Facebook, and get the word out about the event.
  2. Check out our Kickstarter site.  Give as you are able.
  3. Volunteer!  Email us at britewinter@gmail.com.
  4. Be a talent scout!  We still need bands for the bubble and artists.  Send great folks our way.
  5. Channel your inner advertising exec.  We're looking for local businesses to sponsor and advertise with us.  We have a unique event with ridiculous outreach and desirable demographics.  Hook us up.

We'll be posting more frequently now that we're getting closer to the event itself.  Stay tuned... and stay warm out there.