Mick Parsons

Mick Parsons

is creating a multi-media & multi-genre blog/podcast/ poetic sound quilt

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The arts have been on the chopping block for longer than many of us can remember. Recent cuts in state and federal art funding have made it clear that, in spite of the long history of state-supported art in this country, (dating back to the New Deal), that President Trump's administration and Governor Bevin's administration neither appreciate nor see the use for the arts.

Many groups are crying now, writing letters and emails, wringing their hands, and waiting for another election cycle in the hopes that the other political party will save the arts.

But maybe Trump's budget, as much of a travesty as it is, also illuminates an uncomfortable truth: if we want to preserve the arts, we must do it ourselves.

I host and produce a podcast called Alidade: an audio map, which is an oral history collection project. A new episode is released every two weeks. The first season is about finished and I am preparing to work on the second season. The goal of this podcast is to record and save the stories of people living in the now so that maybe someday we will be able to look and figure out how and why we reached this point in the history of democracy.

I am also in the process of starting another podcast, called The [De]Generate Art Podcast. I took that name from the translation of Entartete Kunst , which is what the Nazi's called Modern Art. This podcast will focus on artists of all stripes talking about their process. My goal with this podcast is to make the argument that art is central to civilization, to personal and collective freedom, and to our future.

I also write a regular blog, Along the Dirty, Sacred River. Content ranges from short essays about my impressions of things to poetry and a little fiction.

If any of this interests you, I am asking for your support.

The arts serve several important functions. Not only are the arts at the heart of our cultural and historical memory, they are also a platform for free speech and -- when necessary -- dissent. The severe cuts to arts funding are more than just a budgetary shift. These cuts represent a direct attack on free speech.

Please consider supporting my work. The only way to make the argument that art matters is to patronize and support artists.

Thank you.


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Mick's new best buddies
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You're officially a patron and will receive one very thankful virtual hug. Also, you'll have access to my patron-only feed for blog posts and picture updates along the way.
Happy Hour Friends
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Every month, I'll have a Patreon-live chat with all of you awesome $5+ patrons, plus all previous rewards.
Derby City Rabble Rousers
$10 or more per month
One free ebook of new and unpublished work a year, plus all previous rewards. Also, people will fear and respect your artistic taste.
The Inner Circle
$15 or more per month
 All previous rewards, plus a special shout out on one of my podcasts, plus a heads up on any workshops, seminars, or performances!
Literature Lover
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Send me anything (you'll cover shipping costs) and I'll sign it, plus all previous rewards. Also, you will receive one signed hard copy of a chapbook of my work.
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I hope you like surprises, because I'll be sending you a surprise gift box filled with merch and things I picked out for you, plus all previous rewards.
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The arts have been on the chopping block for longer than many of us can remember. Recent cuts in state and federal art funding have made it clear that, in spite of the long history of state-supported art in this country, (dating back to the New Deal), that President Trump's administration and Governor Bevin's administration neither appreciate nor see the use for the arts.

Many groups are crying now, writing letters and emails, wringing their hands, and waiting for another election cycle in the hopes that the other political party will save the arts.

But maybe Trump's budget, as much of a travesty as it is, also illuminates an uncomfortable truth: if we want to preserve the arts, we must do it ourselves.

I host and produce a podcast called Alidade: an audio map, which is an oral history collection project. A new episode is released every two weeks. The first season is about finished and I am preparing to work on the second season. The goal of this podcast is to record and save the stories of people living in the now so that maybe someday we will be able to look and figure out how and why we reached this point in the history of democracy.

I am also in the process of starting another podcast, called The [De]Generate Art Podcast. I took that name from the translation of Entartete Kunst , which is what the Nazi's called Modern Art. This podcast will focus on artists of all stripes talking about their process. My goal with this podcast is to make the argument that art is central to civilization, to personal and collective freedom, and to our future.

I also write a regular blog, Along the Dirty, Sacred River. Content ranges from short essays about my impressions of things to poetry and a little fiction.

If any of this interests you, I am asking for your support.

The arts serve several important functions. Not only are the arts at the heart of our cultural and historical memory, they are also a platform for free speech and -- when necessary -- dissent. The severe cuts to arts funding are more than just a budgetary shift. These cuts represent a direct attack on free speech.

Please consider supporting my work. The only way to make the argument that art matters is to patronize and support artists.

Thank you.


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Tiers
Mick's new best buddies
$2.50 or more per month
You're officially a patron and will receive one very thankful virtual hug. Also, you'll have access to my patron-only feed for blog posts and picture updates along the way.
Happy Hour Friends
$5 or more per month
Every month, I'll have a Patreon-live chat with all of you awesome $5+ patrons, plus all previous rewards.
Derby City Rabble Rousers
$10 or more per month
One free ebook of new and unpublished work a year, plus all previous rewards. Also, people will fear and respect your artistic taste.
The Inner Circle
$15 or more per month
 All previous rewards, plus a special shout out on one of my podcasts, plus a heads up on any workshops, seminars, or performances!
Literature Lover
$20 or more per month only 10 left
Send me anything (you'll cover shipping costs) and I'll sign it, plus all previous rewards. Also, you will receive one signed hard copy of a chapbook of my work.
Patronus Maximus
$100 or more per month only 7 left
I hope you like surprises, because I'll be sending you a surprise gift box filled with merch and things I picked out for you, plus all previous rewards.