You may remember past blogs about Ami Simms' Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. You saw the piece we did together on the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts portion of that Initiative in episode # 103, and you've probably been to www.AlzQuilts.org to see all the other creative ways Ami is raising awareness and funding research. Now that her new book, Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece (featuring the magnificent quilts of the traveling Alzheimer's quilt exhibit of the same name) is flying off the shelves, with all the profit being donated to Alzheimer's research, she thinks it's time to get some national media attention for all the quilters participating in the project. She wants to get on Oprah. Let's help her do it!
Ami has made a difference one quilt at a time. Now it's time for us to help her get Oprah's attention one email at a time. I've written my email, will you write one, too?
Think about this when you write:
1. Has Alzheimer's touched your life? If so, how?
2. Has the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative given you hope, provided a way for you to cope or heal, helped you understand, or motivated you to act? If so, how?
3. If you've seen the quilts, how did they make you feel?
If you've read the book, how did it make you feel?
If you've listened to and watched the CD, how did it make you feel?
If you've donated a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt, how did it make you feel?
If you bid on a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt, how did it make you feel?
4. Ask Oprah to feature the "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" quilts and the artists who made them on a future show. Ask her to fill her studio audience with quilters who bring Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts to donate. Ask her to recognize the efforts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in response to a terrifying illness that touches people in every corner of this country.
5. Use as many of these KEY WORDS as possible:
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece
Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts
6. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE. Your email will be much more effective if you write from your heart. "Short & Sweet" is best…they prefer you to keep it under 2,000 characters, a little longer than what I just wrote to you would be the maximum.
Pass it on