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zap goes to graduate school!

$4,908 of $14,938 goal

Raised by 39 people in 11 months
After all these years, I finally have the desire, matched up with 4 of the 5 mandatory things in place, in order for me to go to graduate school in dance!

THE 5 MANDATORY THINGS:
1. I want to learn in their program
2. The school allows me to prove my 28 year career, with the college I did attend, equals an undergraduate degree (cuz I  never finished college, y'all...)
3. The school promotes inter-disciplinary arts
4. It is a low residential program
5. I get a full scholarship

I bet you can guess which number didn't line up!

Hollins University accepted me and awarded me scholarships for almost a third of the costs!!! So, I am asking my communities for help me pay the rest of my tuition.

and yes, literally any bit helps!

The Low Residency Program allows me to continue being a working artist during the year, and I have several incredible projects and residencies in the works for 2018. Hollins is the best fit and I am so excited to go!....and really proud to be accepted.

I need to raise a lot.

whoa.


28947138_15231450250_r.jpegpart of a photo by: Will Kerner
(reaching for the stars...)

I need help with tuition, room and board on the cheap side, travel, books, school fees. I am very hopeful that I will find other scholarships and I am looking everyday. My first tuition payment is June 10th. Here is the skinny about the costs:

TUITION
summer/spring/fall/summer:
$54,507
-$18,039 Scholarships Hollins awarded me =
———-
$36,468

HOUSING/FOOD @ Hollins
for 2 summers:
$2,260

FEES FOR 4 SEMESTERS:
Advising Fee, Portfolio Fee, Dance Thesis Fee, Technology Fee, Health Services, Parking,
CISI Insurance, Graduation Fee:
$1620

FRANKFURT
2 Flights to Germany, travel to and from airport and housing:
$4,220
-$900 travel stipend=
————-
$3,320

NOT INCLUDED:
Books=?
Travel to NYC for 2 week class/retreat= $215
Food in NYC for 2 weeks=$250
Travel to Hollins=$160
Miscellaneous= I will deal with on the fly.
————————————————————-
TOTAL=
$44,293
-$15,000 Private Investors =
————
$29,293 Needed


If you want a further break down of all costs, just email me.
Curious about the program?
https://www.hollins.edu/academics/graduate-degrees/dance-mfa/

The rest of my expenses of life I will cover with my art for art small animal paintings!
https://www.zapmcconnell.com/art-for-art/

Also, if you are more interested in being a continual supporter of my art and community projects, check out my Patreon Page. There are lots of art goodies availible!
patreon.com/zapmcconnell


one of the 100 small animal paintings in my art for art campaign that SOLD OUT this fall!


I know that this focused immersed time with peers and mentors in this field of study will change my life. It will also give me the ability to teach where I am unable to teach now. It will take my art and what I offer to my communities I am so lucky to be part of, to a higher, more impactful, level.
I feel it in my bones.



My friends, family and peers have always supported my work, and for this I am eternally grateful!

I can not do this alone.



part of a photo by: Will Kerner (help me break through this wall...uh, of challenge, uh yes, to my education!)

Also, help doesn't always look like dollars. Sharing scholarship links, helpful contacts, this gofund me campaign, art painting jobs or sending me a postcard of fuzzy space aliens in the midst of my studies... all are invaluable ways to support me investing in my art and education. You know I am good for it. It will come back 10 fold to the world.

Thank You for your time in considering this!
Big Ole Hugs Y'all!
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Freshly back from the immersive experience of my first summer of Hollins Low-Res MFA program, I feel full to the brim and inspired to continue forward. Low-Res is no joke. The first five weeks on campus in Roanoke, Virginia was thick with reading hundreds of pages of text every 24 hours, writing writing writing and dancing at least half the day. Our teachers were exemplary. Each night we wove our time between homework, artist talks and performances. There were only a few mornings off (we even had full classes on July 4th) and I grabbed the time to uncovered the trail from campus to the reservoir, packing in a hike in nature so I could survive. It was glorious!

Then we cleared out our dorm rooms and saddled up for Germany. We spent three weeks in Frankfurt and shared our time with a MA Dance Pedagogy Program, the original connection through the Forsythe Dance Company. The intensity was changed, giving us two weekends to see the sites. I was introduced to Uber talented European artists through their teaching and/or performances. Many mythologies of the art world there were proven or debunked for me. Lacking the funds to do extra travel, I found all the local botanical gardens, mountain hikes from village to village at the end of the line of the local train, and Art Deco healing water contraptions where you sampled salty bubbly spring water. A life changing few hours at the William Kentridge installation happened. There was a lot of that; life changing.

I’m fortunate to have met so many incredible peers who are now my dear friends. Hollins had 44 people in the program this summer. Half of them graduated, so I meet another 20 folks next summer! One of my great desires of going back to school was seeing what was up in the dance world now and meeting a diverse group of artists. This happened tenfold. The way our experience was curated by the administration allowed for us to get to know each other really well. It has been deeply humbling and inspiring to meet so many folks who are out there sharing their art with their communities. I know it might sound impossible, but the energy of diva, hoarding the knowledge and destructive competition (which I’ve experienced in other learning situations) with my fellow students was absent from this moment. Everyone really wanted to help each other; and did.

Hollins was a jump to upgrade my writing abilities. I stared that one in the face. Hard. I was pushed in an encouraging method that lead to a new confidence in writing. That was a game changer. Simultaneously the content of the improvisational and theory classes was super validing. A lot of the investigations I did with zen monkey project, all the amazing artist I’ve worked with in Charlottesville or Mexico, (especially Performatica), and working collaboratively with Chicken Bank Collective harvested the inspiration, experimentation and awareness that is actually new to a lot of people. It was a strange sensation to feel a little bit ahead of the game when I am not someone who danced in a huge company or has amazing technique.

Now I am carving out my own structure as I look to fulfilling the work required by May: making a thesis performance, writing a thesis paper, writing a research paper, completing an independent study (in which I may be a bit over ambitious) and creating an one hour artist talk about my life with photos and video. Gulp!
Here I go! I will keep you in the loop.

And yes, I couldn’t have done all that without the support from my community. All y’all! My gratitude runs deeper than the core of the earth. We are talking other dimensional.
Now to work.

Love,
Zap
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I am in the midst of my first week in the first summer of the MFA Low Residency Immersive Dance Program at Hollins. it is thrilling, humbling, validating, inspiring and beyond challenging. I still have moments where I can’t believe that I’m here. I get overwhelmed with joy and gratefulness. The forests that surrounds the campus, the mountains and creek give me grounding... and then all of the incredible students I’m sharing this time with. The teachers and faculty have been welcoming and strive to push us with great force and incredible gentleness. I am learning so much. I feel like my brain body is about to explode. And it’s only day 4 of the first week. We are crushing 7 full courses in the next six weeks. So no time off. Can’t miss a thing. And I wouldn’t want to. My cup overflows.
First day literally as I arrived!
A hike on campus.
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Thank you so much, all the support is overwhelming! As I am painting murals and learning traditional dances in Chiltoyac, Mexico it is heart warming to see the continual help coming my way. So exciting!
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The way forward to making my higher education happen is so much brighter from all the support i am receiving!!!!
busting through with y'all's help!
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