ABOUT

**If you’ve been to WHSH before, please let us know what’s on your mind in this anony­mous Par­tic­i­pa­tion Sur­vey. **

ABOUT WORK HARD STAY HARD

The goal of Work Hard / Stay Hard orga­niz­ing is to sup­port dear IDA with resources, ren­o­va­tions, and rad­i­cal love.

The secluded Ten­nessee acreage of Ida was acquired though home­steading, sweat, sparkle, and dona­tions. WH/SH is a pointed effort at shoul­der­ing some of the orga­ni­za­tional and finan­cial bur­den of the reg­u­lar tend­ing and repair of Ida’s basic infra­struc­ture. We are rais­ing money to buy mate­ri­als; we are also orga­niz­ing sup­port for many vol­un­teer crews who will put those sup­plies to smart use dur­ing the third week of September.

Our orga­ni­za­tional ideal is to con­duct plan­ning and process in a man­ner that makes WH/SH fun and ful­fill­ing at any level of par­tic­i­pa­tion. Our work must always keep at heart the strug­gle for racial jus­tice, phys­i­cal acces­si­bil­ity, fem­i­nist ethics, and class sen­si­bil­ity. Together we will work towards mak­ing IDA, and by exten­sion many other com­mu­ni­ties, more appeal­ing and acces­si­ble to a wider range of people.

WH/SH is an anti-capitalist enter­prise. We seek to raise money and equip­ment from the rel­a­tive resources of the cities, and sweat-invest it into a small col­lec­tive land­hold­ing in an economically-strangled wilder­ness. IDA nes­tles in a holler where species diver­sity and spring water sup­port a bloom of queer expres­sion and the regen­er­a­tion of sup­pressed bod­ies. We ask peo­ple to work and pay in order to main­tain this extra­or­di­nary trea­sure, to sup­port an evo­lu­tion of Ida’s logis­ti­cal resources and social fabric.

The finan­cial deal­ings and bud­get details for WH/SH are pub­licly dis­played on our web­site. When­ever pos­si­ble we will pur­chase food and mate­ri­als from inde­pen­dent local enter­prises, and avoid hand­ing money to major cor­po­rate vendors.

In gath­er­ing sup­port and work­ing on the land, we try to relate to each other in a way that prizes coop­er­a­tion and deval­ues dom­i­nance. We have a com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing plans and logis­ti­cal coor­di­na­tion, while striv­ing for an orga­ni­za­tional flex­i­bil­ity that sup­ports all par­tic­i­pants, with­out get­ting in the way. We are out to fos­ter skill­share, with a mind to advance every person’s capac­ity for innovation.

The total effort of Work Hard/Stay Hard is to give an immense gift to the res­i­dents and the land, so that Ida may con­tinue to inspire a grow­ing community.

ABOUT IDA

IDA (Idyll Dandy Arts) is an inten­tional queer com­mu­nity in the hol­lows of mid­dle Ten­nessee. Our 200 acres pro­vide space for ten res­i­dents as well as guests, interns, musi­cians, expan­sive gar­dens, and lots of projects. It is impor­tant to the res­i­dents of IDA that we pro­vide a safer space for queer and trans* peo­ple to learn rural liv­ing skills and con­nect with a nat­ural space (more infor­ma­tion on safer spaces can be found here). We work to cre­ate an envi­ron­ment that is open to queer peo­ple of dif­fer­ent back­grounds, iden­ti­ties and abil­i­ties. As such, we usu­ally wel­come vis­i­tors, as long as they get in touch with us before­hand. We also offer a gar­den­ing pro­gram and spo­radic work­shops through­out the year. Many peo­ple also come to out annual Ida­palooza Fruit Jam, a week-long music fes­ti­val and gath­er­ing held every summer.

Those of us who live at IDA love the South, the moun­tains, and the chance to cre­ate (cre­at­ing art, cre­at­ing gar­dens, cre­at­ing com­mu­nity). We hope to share our space with queer and trans* peo­ple who may have his­tor­i­cally felt iso­lated from these experiences.The secluded acreage of IDA was aquired through home­steading, sweat, sparkle, and dona­tions. Work Hard Stay Hard is a gift: a pointed effort at shoul­der­ing some of the orga­ni­za­tional and finan­cial bur­den of the reg­u­lar tend­ing and repair of IDA’s basic infrastructure.

ORIGINAL INVITE LETTER

We all love IDA. Love like bell hooks said it, “the will to extend one­self for the growth of another”

and as an action con­sist­ing of car­ing, affec­tion, respect, respon­si­bil­ity, trust, hon­esty, recog­ni­tion, and open com­mu­ni­ca­tion. IDA knows us. It’s seen us grow and change, develop our trades, and become big­ger and more fab­u­lous. IDA’s soaked up our tears. IDA is a refuge and a place to recharge one’s joy– some­thing IDA pro­vides in abundance.

With IDA, we have had six­teen and a half years of incred­i­ble fash­ion and gen­uine magic.  We have had the chance to be our dressed-up, stripped-down selves and to feel seen and cel­e­brated.  So many of us have had our lives sig­nif­i­cantly changed by our time at IDA.  When we see the “Wel­come HOMO” sign, we really do feel a rare homecoming.

Now the land has been pur­chased and we can give back in a new way.  One of our foundling moth­ers, Ha, called it “pride of place”.  We can show our love and really cul­ti­vate that sense of stew­ard­ship.  We can put in the time and love and trust and funds to build the value of this incred­i­ble place.

This is the part where you are invited to come show that love; to make that investment.

Our com­mu­nity has got­ten together to orga­nize an immense gift to IDA called Work Hard//Stay Hard.  This effort will make life a lit­tle eas­ier on the full-time res­i­dents, and insure the vital­ity of this place we love as home.

Ques­tions? Write us at: workhardstayhard@gmail.com

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