The Common Ground Country Fair is soliciting proposals from artists to choreograph a group gathering and photograph on the Common Saturday, Sept. 24 as part of Moving Planet, a global day of action to inspire solutions to the climate crisis.

As part of the Climate Change focus of the 2011 Common Ground Country Fair, MOFGA and Transition Towns are inviting all fairgoers to gather on the Common and be in a large-group photograph to support Moving Planet — a worldwide rally initiated by to demand solutions to the climate crisis, especially where governments are stalling on action despite the overwhelming reality of the climate crisis.

MOFGA is looking for a creative proposal for choreographing this gathering in a manner that culminates at 3:50 p.m. with an aerial photograph of the gathering. This photo will be promptly sent to the website for inclusion with thousands of other events occurring around the planet that day.

With more than 20,000 people expected to be at Common Ground on the Saturday of the fair, it is possible that the Moving Planet gathering on the Common could engage hundreds, possibly thousands, of fairgoers. Volunteers from the Common Ground Country Fair and Transition Towns are available to help with the on-site orchestration of the gathering. MOFGA will provide an electric lift, or comparable, as a means for taking the aerial photograph.

Proposals should include: a summary description of the desired outcome — an example would be a giant “350” formed by fairgoers standing together on the Common in such a pattern that, seen from above, collectively they spell “350”; a narrative explanation of the vision behind the proposal — simply put, what is the message you intend to convey; a detailed plan and timeline for implementing the proposal including any required supplies, props or equipment integral to the proposal; a summary of requirements — supplies, props, equipment, space, personnel, etc.; a budget for supplies, props and equipment; and any relevant qualifications or experiences for implementing your proposal.

Proposals should be submitted to the Common Ground Fair office via email to The submission deadline is Monday, Aug. 29. A panel of individuals from MOFGA and Transition Towns will review proposals and the winner will be announced Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The winning artist will execute his or her proposal on Sept. 24 with the support of MOFGA and Transition Towns. In addition, the artist will receive MOFGA membership, a 2011 Common Ground Fair T-shirt and a print of the aerial photo.

MOFGA’s mission is to help farmers and gardeners: grow organic food, fiber and other crops; protect the environment; recycle natural resources; increase local food production; support rural communities; and illuminate for consumers the connection between healthful food and environmentally sound farming practices.

Common Ground Country Fair is a celebration of rural living produced by MOFGA that promotes organically grown Maine produce, sustainable living and a common ground for community organizations. It features workshops, hands-on demonstrations, Maine produced organic foods, livestock exhibits and shows and more than 600 Maine artisans, exhibitors, and farmers. is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Its online campaigns, grassroots organizing and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in more than 188 countries. 350 means climate safety. To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number — it symbolizes where we need to head as a planet.

Transition Towns consists of vibrant grassroots community initiatives that seek to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and economic crisis. Transition Initiatives seek to mitigate these converging global crises by engaging their communities in homegrown, citizen-led education, action and multi-stakeholder planning to increase local self-reliance and resilience.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to

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