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With escalating tensions pushing people to violence in the Middle East and in the USA, it is time for my generation to begin our push for justice, peace and universal prosperity.  Coinciding with the emergence of my new production company, ... More ...

With escalating tensions pushing people to violence in the Middle East and in the USA, it is time for my generation to begin a stronger push for justice, peace and universal prosperity.  Coinciding with the emergence of my new production company, Gratiis Productions, I am on a path towards fulfilling my responsibility to learn and understand cultures and the modes of expression used by people in the difficult struggle of achieving equality, personal rights and lasting peace.  Studying Arabic at Birzeit University, outside of Ramallah (Palestine’s top and largest University www.birzeit.edu), is one step in this path, as the necessity to understand and speak this language fluently is the basis for effective communication and comprehending expression.

Last March Denis Butkus (co founder of Gratiis Productions) and I spent 10 days traveling The West Bank and Israel, meeting with artists who work hard at building solutions to life within conflict.  We toured Al-Rowwad in Aida Refugee Camp and traveled north to visit the Freedom Theater and spent a night with a family in their home in the Jenin Refugee Camp. We met with artists in Tel Aviv and spoke about the division of life on both sides of the wall. What moved me the most was the expression of compassion and love for life that almost all people we spoke to shared with us.  Everywhere we went, people are just people.  They want peace, freedom of expression (which we hold dear in the US), a positive future for their family and children and the ability to travel freely. These common themes are the foundation of what interests me as a student and an artist, for the expression of these themes, I believe, will lead us all to a more peaceful and just world. 

This December I complete my BA at The New School for Public Engagement in New York City.  I returned to my degree after a fifteen-year hiatus and have earned an Osher Reentry Scholarship as well as three consecutive semesters on the Dean's List while holding a 4.0 grade average.  Last week, I received my acceptance into the Milano School for International Affairs along with a Merit Scholarship for the work I have already completed for my undergraduate degree.  At Milano, I will be focusing on Media, Culture, Crisis and Conflict while taking electives in the arts and story production.   

I believe that the road to peace and the evolution of human kind towards a positive and just direction begins with the arts and the simple act of telling a story.  With my studies, I hope to collect many personal accounts of life within Palestine, Israel and the Middle East.  I hope to meet fellow students and artists who share my values and work actively towards solutions to violence and equal rights for all people.   

I am seeking to raise enough money to cover my cost of tuition, materials, room and board and travel expenses.  Join me in this story and be active with this journey as I am doing this not just for myself but also with the intent of contributing to the global story archive and sharing stories with the American community.  I will be telling the story of this adventure online using social media and my own blog at www.gratiisproductions.com

Thank you for any support you can offer and please don’t hesitate to contact me for more of my story, the story of Gratiis Productions and our vision for the future of storytelling. 

Nick

nick@gratiisproductions.com

@nickthesn8ke

Budget:

Tuition               $2,600

Materials           $300

Rent & Utilities   $1,200

Travel                $900

TOTAL               $5,000

 

 

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I will make available photos I take during my 3 months in Palestine. You select which one inspires you and I will frame and ship it to you. For examples of my photography, please my personal page by clicking my name at www.gratiisproductions.com
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