congratulationsandcelebrations.org, a project by Ellen Lesperance and Conan Magnuson, is a 2015 recipient of a Precipice Fund grant.


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Half-way into the grant year, I am happy to report that congratulationsandcelebrations.org is operating very successfully. The battle-axe emblazoned sweater, which is being loaned out on-demand to people willing to do courageous acts, is totally booked through September 2016. There have been seventy participants to date; many of these people have been Portland-based, but the sweater has also been shipped out, postage-paid (thanks to Precipice), to Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, New York, Michigan, Maine and Minnesota. People have used it for scary doctor appointments, for public protests and declarations, private rituals, and many, many confirming acts of self-determination.

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The project’s Instagram feed is a good place to see the participants’ images and read about their stories. The website is a good place to see images and check out the sweater yourself, but it has not yet been redesigned in a way that best displays the project. This will happen later this year when the rental of the sweater winds down.

The project will be featured in an exhibit this summer at The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA. Not only will the sweater be available for check-out at that site throughout the summer, but all of the images generated by the project’s participants will be printed and displayed (and added to as the summer progresses). I am hoping that by the fall, there will be 100 images of courageous acts documented by renters and that the project—congratulationsandcelebrations.org—can be made into a small editioned book.


Precipice Fund is administered with lead support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti, as part of the Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.