A Very Special Monkeyshines Opportunity…

We know how much you all love your Monkeyshines - they're special, really special. Finding one requires either relentless dedication, and the willingness to drag yourself out of bed in the wee hours to search in the cold and dark of an early January morning... or something even better - the serendipity of just happening across the right place at the right time.

Now there's a way you can help bring that sense of serendipity (or support the relentless dedication of Monkeyshines searchers) and beautiful glass art. Announced on the Tacoma Arts blog is your chance to "Become a Monkeyshine Enabler."

In the past 11 years, have you ever caught yourself outside in the wee hours of the morning, flashlight in hand, digging through shrubbery and roaming parks on the hunt for a hidden glass ball or medallion? If so, you can count yourself among the thousands of people who have taken part in Monkeyshines – a community event designed to get our community out and exploring our beautiful city while celebrating Chinese New Year.

Monkeyshines began in 2003 when a group of anonymous artists in Tacoma banded together to produce glass balls and medallions emblazoned with the Year of the Monkey logo. That year, 200 pieces of artwork were hidden throughout the city. The artists have been creating glass gifts for 11 years, and this year, the Year of the Ram, marks the final cycle of the 12 year Chinese New Year calendar. The artists would like to FILL the city with glass gifts, and with your help they will be able to hire local artists to produce over 1000 pieces of glass.

Consider becom[ing] a part of Tacoma’s history by donating to The Monkeyshine Project. For every donation of $100 or more, Monkeyshines will thank you with an exclusive 2015 Year of the Ram candle cup. The cups will be available in January for pick-up at Creative Forces in the Hotel Murano Tacoma.

Let’s help make this amazing community event happen for the final year of the cycle! Donations are gratefully accepted through the Monkeyshine Project PayPal account.

Questions? Contact Ms_Monkey@hotmail.com.

The Tacoma Arts Commission provides some funding, and local glass artists work hard to make Monkeyshines happen every year, but this year they're undertaking a truly huge challenge, and they're asking for a little help. Last year a small group of independent supporters joined to anonymously support the cause, and in return received special extra-limited-edition thank you gifts. 

This year you too could support a truly special Tacoma tradition, and for $100 you could have your very own really, really special piece of glass art that shares the seal you'll see on this year's Monkeyshines. Or you could share it with a loved one - it is the holiday gift-giving season...

Oh, and did you catch that the year of the ram will be the "final cycle of the 12 year Chinese New Year calendar?" 

Let the Monkeyshines twitching begin.

Follow this link to donate.

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