Skills and Gifts

 Engage the people with the skills and gifts to offer...

  • Historians, re-enactors, and story tellers to research the back stories that the quilt blocks represent
  • Quilting guild to design and stitch a quilt.  (optional)
  • Paint and lumber stores to donate paint, supplies, lumber, and hardware.
  • Muralists or sign painters to advise on the design and painting process.
  • Building owners to offer their shed as a painting studio or staging area.
  • Schools to paint barn quilts.
  • Volunteers to apply the base coats and finish to plywood.
  • Volunteers to paint the barn quilts.
  • Local church groups to feed the volunteers.
  • Local licensed contractors to safely install barn quilts.

...and then promote and leverage...

  • Museums to provide content, inspiration, and leadership.
  • Webmasters to design local websites and/or social media program.
  • Writers and photographers to create content.
  • Social media facilitators to converse about the project via twitter, facebook, youtube.
  • Politicians to encourage everyone to get involved.
  • Artists to spin the quilt blocks and stories into other media.
  • Videographers and students to create films for Youtube.
  • Actors and playwrights to dramatize the stories.
  • Local newspapers to cover the project’s development.
  • Tourism operators and groups to promote trail.
  • Bicycle enthusiasts to organize bicycle rides.

Find a good volunteer administrator who will track the community’s investment and convert the value to dollars.  Work out values such as (1) Contributed mileage at $.55/km, and (2) Volunteers hours at $20/hour.  Try using Google document forms and spread sheets to share and automate the task of tracking volunteer contributions.

In this video, Glenn Stott, local historian talks about how he got involved in a project.  His books, enthusiasm, and participation were an important element:

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