Support Catharsis on the Mall

$6,209 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 109 people in 2 months
Created October 9, 2018

Catharsis on the Mall is back on November 9-11, 2018 for our fourth year bringing a free, radical vigil for healing to the heart of our city and our nation.

Today we need support from you, our community and participants, to build and burn our Temple of Awakening and make Catharsis the magical, free public demonstration it can be. This year, NPS has given us permission to have our Temple up for five days, giving the public even more time to engage in healing. Together we will be Waking from the American Dream and stepping into our collective Vision of the Future - one which we can build together!

Catharsis on the Mall was created to provide a space for the local and national community to engage in the many modalities of healing, such as body movement, community dialogue, music, meditation, art and much more. Catharsis’ founders were inspired by Burning Man and its Ten Principles, and wanted to explore the intersection of that experience with our broader local community and civic space here in Washington DC, the political heart of the United States of America.

Over the past three years we have helped Heal from the War on Drugs, continued Our Journey Home from trauma and PTSD, and empowered the feminine by Nurturing the Heart. Each year, our vigil, the Temple burn, and the participation we bring has impacted thousands of people and taken real steps to heal ourselves and our communities, fostering cultural and social change. Each year we see how this form of First Amendment expression is so powerful and essential in these times.

This year, again, it will take all of us coming together to make it happen. Workshops, art, dialogue, live music and community throughout Friday and Saturday daytime programming.. Cathartic dancing at night with many of our favorite local and regional DJs. Then there will be an incredible, healing burn on Saturday evening and our sunrise march on Sunday morning.

It takes all of us to bring it to this National Mall.

How can you get involved?

Right now, we especially need your financial support. Fundraising and some generous private donations have helped cover basic costs including insurance, porta potties, lighting, generator fuel/distribution and essential grass protective flooring to conform with strict NPS regulations. We invite you to help us build and burn our Temple of Awakening, a truly community-powered spiritual and political demonstration and cathartic experience.

As you can see below, additional funds (up to our stretch goal of $25,000) will help us:

-Provide more heaters to keep you & our volunteers warm (that’s a BIG one),
-Rent additional grass protective covering to provide more usable gathering space,
-Provide sufficient support for theme camps and art projects you love like the Deadly Muppet Lounge, Sound Bath Igloo, Disco Tank, and more
-Invest in our reusable, community-powered infrastructure which we offer back to the community for events throughout the year,
enter Catharsis 2019 (coming May 3-5) preparations debt-free and ready to rock!

We've already raised $20,000 (with much gratitude to the Bronner Family!) to support. We believe together we can raise this additional  $25,000 here to get us closer to making our budget possible through our amazing network of doers, movers, shakers, burners, and beyond!

If you would like to make a larger tax-deductible donation, please see the "Support Us " page on our website for more information.

We’re reaching out to you, our community, and relations, to help achieve our goal for another incredible Catharsis on the Mall. Thank you for your participation and support!!!

Temple & Fire - Projected:  $16,000

Wood:   $3,500

Hardware & Lanterns: $2,000

General Build Expenses (space, crew food, etc): $4,000

Transportation / Install / LNT: $3,500

Burn Expenses & Permits: $3,000

Infrastructure & Curation - Projected: $8,250

Heaters & Propane: $2,750

Additional Grass Protective Flooring: $2,000

Curation Support Fund: $2,000

Reusable Infrastructure Upgrades: $1,500

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If you’re unable to contribute monetarily, please consider sharing this campaign and donating your time to help Catharsis on the Mall happen. You can find more information on participation opportunities at https://www.catharsisonthemall.com/participate/
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Did you know that Catharsis on the Mall believes in radical accessibility, so the entire weekend is FREE?

Everyone that organizes and volunteers for Catharsis are also putting their energy and work ethic for FREE also.

Because we want everyone to enjoy Cathars, we need your help us spread the word that we would love the opportunity to have our community support us to make Catharsis a reality!

Also, enjoy our first episode of, "Get To Know A Core Organizer" featuring our HQ & Volunteer Coordinator, Rachel aka "Secret".

Thank you for all your support! We are looking forward to seeing you all in November!
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Wow! We have raised $2,200 in our first 2 days! Catharsis is organized, made, ran and funded by amazing community members. Thank you so much to all those that have contributed so far.

LETS KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING! Please take 2 seconds to share and like to your networks to make this year a reality!
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