Art Contest Voting Closed!

Voting is now closed for the 2011 Can't Stop The Serenity Art Contest! We will be announcing the winning entry soon!

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Art Contest Deadline Extended To February 14

The deadline to submit entries for the 2011 CSTS art contest has been extended to February 14. While we have been talking about the contest on Twitter, Facebook, our forums and elsewhere, we recently discovered that our Broadwave email news alert about the contest hadn't gone out until this past Friday. So, we're extending the deadline by two weeks to allow people who are just now finding out about the contest to participate. Thanks to those who have already submitted entries, and we look forward to seeing all the new ones!

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Please pardon the dust while we do some D.I.Y.

You may notice some changes to the site over the weekend, as we undertake a little D.I.Y. We're making Can't Stop the Serenity all spiffy and shiny for the new year, and have some wonderful things in store for you all! We hope you can bear with us while we work, and we promise to have everything like new come Monday morning (just don't look under that dust cover over there... shhhhhh).

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2011 Promotional Art Contest

Can't Stop The Serenity logo The Browncoats have spoken!

The Can't Stop The Serenity promotional art contest is back for 2011! In its five-year history, Can't Stop The Serenity has raised more than half a million dollars for Equality Now. We can do even more good works this year, but only if people show up! That's where you come in. Since we've been doing this for half a decade now, the novelty factor has worn off, which means it's more important than ever before to build excitement for CSTS. The logo, poster and t-shirts are critical tools for raising awareness about the event, building excitement, and getting people into theaters around the world. Think you've got what it takes to design this year's official artwork? Then read on to learn the rules for this year's contest: THE SHINY STUFF:
  • The winner’s artwork will be used as the basis for the T-shirt, poster and promo for CSTS 2011.
  • Additionally, the winner’s artwork will be featured prominently throughout CSTS’s new and improved website for 2011.
THE (ABBREVIATED) RULES:
  • All artwork you submit must be your own. If you plan to incorporate any stock imagery in your entry, you must have documentation showing that you have permission to use and reproduce it.
  • It should go without saying, but we'll say it anyway. Don't use copyrighted artwork in your submission.
  • Because this is about Equality Now, there should be no overt violence portrayed within the art.
  • The winner’s artwork will be used by CSTS for the purposes of the 2011 CSTS Screenings and events, and for additional promotional purposes until the 2012 artwork has been chosen. No other compensation will be given to the winner.
ARTWORK GUIDELINES
  • Each entry should include the following:
    • An isolated version of the logo (no background images)
    • A black and white version of the logo
    • A mockup of the logo as a poster (may contain additional text and artwork)
    • A mockup of the logo as a T-shirt (may contain additional text and artwork)
  • You must use the CSTS logo and have it displayed predominantly within the piece you are submitting. You can download various versions of the logo here.
  • The logo may be used in many different ways, including, but not limited to stationery, patches, stickers, web banners, icons, etc. The more flexible your design, the better.
  • For acceptable file types, printing requirements, etc., please see the full contest rules.
SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY
  • Submissions will be accepted beginning Monday, January 10, 2011, and must be received no later than January 31, 2011 by 11:59 P.M. PST in order to be considered for this contest.
  • You may submit up to three pieces for consideration.
  • All entries and questions should be submitted to the 2011 CSTS Art Director, Adam Levermore, at artdirector@cantstoptheserenity.com. If you need to mail your submission, email artdirector@cantstoptheserenity.com for instructions and a mailing address.
  • All entries which meet the guidelines will be posted on February 7, 2011, PST on the official CSTS website, to be voted on by the general public. The voting period ends February 14, 2011 at 11:59 P.M. PST. In the event of a tie, the Global Team will choose the winning piece.
For all the rules, regulations and other red tape-type things, please see the full contest rules. Good luck! We can’t wait to see your submissions!

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Play to our strengths

It's a new year and people are asking me what my themes, goals, expectations and ideas are for 2011.  Well, I have a lot of them.  Primarily, I want people to recruit with a vengeance.  We need more Browncoats.  We can always do better and one of the ways to do that is to focus on some unsung strengths.    Example:  Affiliate Events.   Now, I'm a big fan of city screenings.  I make no apologies about that.  The big screenings raise the big funds.  They're great fun and they have some brilliant venues, guests and activities.  I love 'em, but I also like the affiliate events and what they can bring to the table. I really think this is the year of the affiliate event.  We have our big city gatherings and we should, but we have so many little towns and modest Browncoat groups that never get into the mix because they don't have a theater to show a screening or can't afford one or just don't feel that they have the time and the gumption to throw a gathering together.  Not true. If you have a big room in your house for throwing parties, then you have an affiliate venue.  If you have a backyard (with or without a pool), then you have an affiliate venue.  If you have access to a community center, church space, old barn, unused warehouse, circus tent, reasonably comfortable cave, bomb shelter, empty attic space, historic village, music hall, home theater, abandoned tract of public land, city or state park or just a good sized porch, you have an affiliate venue. Let's face it.  You're Browncoats.  You can meet in a bombed out building, a bar, or a bombed out bar.  All you need is a handful of Browncoats and a good sized 'tip jar' for donations.  That's it.  You don't have to show Serenity to be a part of it all.  You don't have to wow a crowd.  You just need some friends, fans or potential friends and fans and a meeting place.  Put together a potluck dinner and collect some cash for the cause.  Throw a pool party that benefits people half way around the globe.  Have a fish fry.  Explore a nature walk with a picnic at the end and pass the proverbial collection plate.  Charity begins at home, and it doesn't even have to be your home.  Do you have a friend with a huge basement neglected, in need of music and bowls of bright candy?  Affiliate party.  Have a boat that doesn't touch the water enough?  Boating Affiliate Party.  Have an old barn?  Affiliate Barn Dance for the greater good. The thing about the affiliates is this: they aren't confined to dark theaters and stadium venues.  The big screenings are a blast and not to be missed, but think of all the towns, suburbs, cities, hamlets, mountains, riversides, meadows, caves, and far reaches begging for an affiliate event.  Affiliates are your warm ups to the big game.  Affiliates are your recruiting stations for the larger screenings.  Affiliates are little venues that add up to a lot of extra donations, support and Browncoat fandom.  People who are oppressed and in dire need of our help don't care how we help, they just care that we help. Get together and show people FIREFLY and then take them to see SERENITY, where they should see it.  Among friends.  Bookend the CSTS season with as many events as you can muster.  You already have people who can do this.  You already know fans of the show.  You already have a circle of friends in need of a gathering.  Eat, drink and raise money, for tomorrow we have day jobs. Now head over to the forum and post ideas and get planning!  We've got work to do.

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CSTS Raises Over $500,000 In 5 Years!

Can’t Stop the Serenity is proud to announce that over the past 5 years,we have been able to donate $530,000 (and counting) to charity! Since the first CSTS events in 2006, we have raised over $500,000 for Equality Now. Our events have also raised over $31,000 for other charities. We have had events in 90 cities in nine different countries, and this year marked the fifth annual event for many of these cities. Thank you to all our sponsors, organizers, and participants, for contributing to this tremendous success! We deeply appreciate your commitment in generosity in helping us to support the rights of women and girls worldwide.

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