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California Dream Week: Dreaming a Sustainable Tomorrow

For inquiries or to receive a one page info sheet for students or for teachers, please contact: info@californiadreamweek.org


June, 2013 - California Dream Week (CADW)
NORCAL teens honored by panel of international professionals and by member of USA National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

9 Northern California Teens Inspire Sustainability Around the World
California Dream Week | June 10 - 16, 2013

9 Northern California Teens Inspire Sustainability Around the WorldDownload    

Media/journalist contact: Melisa Lasell
press@bt-media.net
t: 530-570-0982
Reader inquiries: Liz Gardner
info@CaliforniaDreamWeek.org
t: 530-554-2279

June 5, 2013, CHICO - California Dream Week (CADW) starts Monday-Sunday, June 10-16 in Downtown Chico, California. Visitors will be able to witness the world preview of 9 art exhibits in 9 downtown locations, demonstrating how 9 California teens inspired designers of international fame to create sustainable designs.

The 501(c)3 non-profit was founded in 2010 by a group of about 10 Chico women and, now in its 3rd edition, California Dream Week gives a voice to youth, shows them that their ideas MATTER, that they CAN have a positive impact on the world, and in the process awards 9 higher education scholarships each year.

The 9 CADW graphic exhibits demonstrate how competing North State teens have inspired 9 designers of international fame from Argentina, Italy, Japan, India, South Africa, Mexico, and USA to create sustainable designs. To be chosen as one of the final 9, California teen ideas were judged by a panel of 7 judges in 3 countries, including from the USA Steve Gonsalves of Sacramento Valley architectural firm Nichols Melburg & Rossetto and Ping Fu, honored by Inc. Magazine as Entrepreneur of the year and who serves on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the White House. 15 of the 16 finalists of the 2013 edition are from the 530 area code, of which 14 are from Chico/Paradise/Durham schools.

California Dream Week Festival - June 2013      California Dream Week Festival - June 2013

Dream Week highlights include: 9 graphic exhibits in 9 downtown locations, a Reception uniting the winning student/professional projects of the last 3 editions under one roof, and an Awards Dinner & Ceremony. All funds generated during the festival benefit North State Teens and their High Schools. For more information on events, visit californiadreamweek.org or contact festival team leaders, Melisa Lasell or Liz Gardner.

9 award winning student concepts inspiring sustainable design - the locations June 10-16:
Art Etc
Bird In Hand/National YoYo Museum
Campus Bicycles
Dolce Home
Konjo
Kreations
Made In Chico
Synergy Health & Wellness
Upper Crust Bakery

California Dream Week Festival - June 2013      Festival Locations

Art & Wine RECEPTION, Thurs., June 13, 6 PM - 8 PM
Tickets available at the Chico Museum - $20/25 Suggested Donation

Awards Ceremony, Sat., June 15, 6 PM - 8 PM
MOM'S Restaurant $22 (limited seating is available)
Festival Information, Tickets, and Passports also available online: http://www.californiadreamweek.org/new_file.php?f=passports.php

SEE LIST OF STUDENT & SCHOOL FINALISTS, PROFESSIONAL DESIGNERS, JURY PANEL, PORTRAITS AND BIOS SHOWN IN 9 Northern California Teens Inspire Sustainability Around the WorldPDF FILE.

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May, 2013 - California Dream Week (CADW)
CHICO DREAMS BIG FOR TEENS - 3rd Edition of California Dream Week
Monday-Sunday, June 10-16, 2013

Media/journalist contact: Melisa Lasell
press@bt-media.net
t: 530-570-0982

Reader inquiries: Liz Gardner
info@CaliforniaDreamWeek.org
t: 530-554-2279

California Dream Week (CADW)

CHICO DREAMS BIG FOR TEENS - 3rd Edition of California Dream Week - Monday-Sunday, June 10-16, 2013

CHICO DREAMS BIG FOR TEENS - 3rd Edition of California Dream Week - Monday-Sunday, June 10-16, 2013Download    

May 10, 2013, California - California Dream Week (CADW) is a one-of-its-kind opportunity for teens statewide to showcase their innovative ideas for a sustainable future, in downtown Chico!

CADW is a scholarship program and international sustainability design festival raising awareness and scholarships for California high school students. Juniors and seniors are invited to apply for the scholarships by submitting their ideas on sustainability in three core areas: Architecture and Interior Design, Transportation, and Industrial Design.

The nine winning student ideas are highlighted with an interesting twist in a series of art exhibits in downtown Chico during the Festival Week: visitors viewing the oversized graphic exhibits will see not only the students' ideas for how to make the world a better place, but they will also see how each winning idea has inspired a famous professional from another part of the world to be more sustainable.

Kaitlyn Jennings from CORE and 2013 California Dream Week scholarship program semi-finalist shows off the 2013 Festival Guide and Passport at one of the 9 Festival locations, Bird In Hand/National YoYo Museum. Sales of the Festival Program fund the 9 scholarships awarded each year by California Dream Week.

California Dream Week festival is a celebration of creativity, sustainability and a tribute to our youth. The 9 festival Exhibits are located in nine downtown Chico locations, June 10-16 and the Festival includes an Art & Wine night, June 13 at the Chico Museum and an Awards Ceremony, June 15 at Mom's Restaurant.

To encourage the community to come visit the student exhibits and support the scholarship program, free stuff is given away each day of the Festival at each of the 9 locations. To participate, visitors are encouraged to purchase the CADW Festival Program & Passport, which is the primary mechanism used by California Dream Week to fund the 9 scholarships awarded each year. In its first two editions, over $7,000 in free stuff was given away during the festival week.


September, 2012 - California Dream Week (CADW)
CALL FOR ENTRIES ANNOUNCED. CALIFORNIA DREAM WEEK LAUNCHES 3RD EDITION

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California Dream Week (CADW)

CALL FOR ENTRIES ANNOUNCED. CALIFORNIA DREAM WEEK LAUNCHES 3RD EDITION

CALL FOR ENTRIES ANNOUNCED. CALIFORNIA DREAM WEEK LAUNCHES 3RD EDITIONDownload    
FAST GROWING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM PLAYING A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN CREATING HIGHER EDUCATION AND LIFE CHANGING OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH

(complete press kit and/or high resolution images available upon request to press@bt-media.net)

California, USA, September 2012 - California Dream Week (CADW) announces the 3rd edition of its scholarship program challenging high school juniors and seniors from California to dream and propose innovative ideas and designs for a sustainable tomorrow. Student winners will once again receive over $5000 in higher education scholarships and their high schools will receive funds raised during the California Dream Week Festival in Summer 2013. For the festival, international architects and designers, from around the world and of renown fame, freely participate in the creation of a large graphic exhibit demonstrating how they have been inspired by our California teens.

2012 First Place winners in 3 categories - $1000 scholarships

The California Dream Week 2012 Student Winners

Student winners and professional designers inspired by their ideas from the 2011-2012 edition. Complete press kit available upon request.


August, 2012 - California Dream Week Summer/Fall Fundraising Drives

See your money grow in 2 separate ways during our special Summer/Fall fundraising drive

Funds generated during these two summer/fall fundraising drives will be used to help get the word out to CA high schools about our scholarship program so that all Juniors and Seniors can participate.

California Dream Week participates in Annie B's

California Dream Week is once again participating in the 6th annual Annie B's Community Drive! From August until the end of September, any donations to California Dream Week will be partially matched by Annie B's grants.

The Annie B's grant funds are made possible from North Valley Community Foundation donations of $500,000 (over five years), allowing donors' contributions to make an even greater difference. Participating nonprofits receive 100% of these donor contributions plus monies will be added from the grant funds available. The total amount of donations determines the match percentage.

Donations to Annie B's must arrive to California Dream Week by September 25. Please make sure your donations count towards our Annie B's total by ensuring that they arrive during August or September.

Also...

100% donation match!

Show your support and our sponsor will match 100% of your donation of any amount up to a total of $2500, through November 2012.

Please make checks payable to California Dream Week and mail to:

California Dream Week
9050 Lasell Lane
Durham, CA 95938

If you have any questions, please contact us at (530)898-8009.

California Dream Week is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit scholarship and festival program.


April, 2012 - The California Dream Week 2012 Student Finalists

The California Dream Wee 2012 Student Finalists


March, 2012 - California Dream Week (CADW)
                         SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL DATES ANNOUNCED - MAY 10-13

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California Dream Week (CADW)

SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL DATES ANNOUNCED - MAY 10-13

SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL DATES ANNOUNCED - MAY 10-13Download    


FULL PRESS KIT WITH PROJECTS AVAILABLE MAY 15 - SEND REQUESTS TO PRESS@BT-MEDIA.NET

CHICO, California, USA, 14 March 2012 - The 2nd edition of California Dream Week (CADW) Festival celebrating the creativity of California North State youth by renown international personalities from the world of architecture and design will take place in Chico from May 10-13, 2012.

The 4 day festival is the culmination of a sustainability design competition in which high school juniors and seniors competed to win higher education scholarships for their future and cash funds for their high schools. The winning ideas will be graphically celebrated by international architects and designers in a series of large artistic posters revealed for the festival in various Chico Downtown stores.

Visitors may purchase Passports to gain entrance to the Festival and the myriad of activities planned for the 4 day tribute to sustainability, innovation, creativity and international cultural awareness. All proceeds from California Dream Week Passport sales fund its higher education scholarship program.

The sustainability design competition was closed to new entries the end of February and projects are currently being advanced to the jury composed of Kevin Pierce, Mark Roberts and Melisa Lasell.

QUICK FESTIVAL FACTS:

  • Four day festival with numerous events / activities
    9 Chico downtown business will showcase competition winners & international professional designers' graphic interpretations:
    A Bit UnrulyEllis Art & Engineering Upper Crust
    Bird In Hand / YoYo MuseumSuppliesZucchini & Vine
    Bustolini's Deli Coffee HouseLyon Books 
    Cycle SportMade In Chico 
  • Professional designers selected to date are:
    Lorenzo Palmeri, ItalyJose Gonzalez Cabrero, MexicoAlan Nguyen, USA
    Ilaria Marelli, ItalyGonzalo Savogin, ArgentinaAndres Dorigo, Argentina
    Roberto Paoli, Italy  
  • Thousands of dollars in gifts/gift certificates given away at each project location (63 drawings in total)
  • Community Craft Fair & Picnic, Chico Downtown Plaza, Saturday May 12
  • *Benefit Concerts Thursday, Saturday - May 10, 12
  • *Cocktail at "Upgraded Living", Friday May 11 (reservations required)
  • *Awards dinner at Sol Restaurant, Saturday May 12 (reservations required)
  • *CADW Tribute to California North State sustainability at Gateway Science Museum - May 1-May31
  • Passports for sale online www.californiadreamweek.org and at each project location
  • Passport cost: $10.00 (presale discount in March for $7.00)
  • Passport proceeds benefit CADW scholarships & high school funding programs
* Discounted tickets sold separately to CADW PASSPORT holders.
Each Passport is a visitor's entrance or discounted entrance to Festival activities, and permits visitor to participate in free gift giveaways.

QUICK COMPETITION FACTS:

  • Students from 39 California high schools participated, up 86% since 2011
  • Student registrations, up 48% over 2011
  • Student project submissions, up 57% over 2011
  • Students in 12 Nor Cal counties participated, the same as in 2011
  • 3 Categories for participation: Architecture/Interior Product Design, Transportation, Product Compliments
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place award for each category, total of 9 awards possible
  • Total of $5250 in higher education scholarships possible
  • Student must be a Junior or Senior when enrolled to participate
  • Each student winning project shared with a professional designer or architect who is asked to graphically show how they were inspired by the student's dream
  • Winning students and professional designer projects will be revealed during the Festival Week May 10-13
  • Proceeds from Festival shared between high schools of winning students.

ABOUT THE JURY:

About Kevin Pierce: Chief Operating Officer at Resource Center; Member, Steering Committee at Advocates for Urban Agriculture; Board Member at AIA Chicago. Pierce is an architect and sustainability consultant with 25 years experience, focused on energy, high
performance buildings, green infrastructure, carbon management, and sustainability management systems.

About Mark Roberts: CEO of Springboard Biodiesel, a clean-tech manufacturing company based in Chico, CA. Springboard's small-scale biodiesel production systems are built in California and sold around the world under the brands BioPro™ and SpringPro™. The company's patented systems enable
its customers to make ASTM-quality biodiesel inexpensively from a wide array of sources (used cooking oils, virgin oil seed crops, animal fats), thereby assuring availability of a locally-produced, low cost, cleaner burning and renewable fuel source.

About Melisa Lasell: Lasell established bt-media press agency in the 90's and has promoted in Europe and other global regions prestigious brands and names such as Asics, BMW, Corian®, FOC, Missoni, Jean Nouvel, Karim Rashid, Janne Kyttanen and countless others.
Since early 2000, she has focused on brands working within a context of sustainability. In 2010, she founded California Dream Week to help promote a culture of international cultural awareness amongst American youth, within the context of a sustainability design competition and fund raising festival.

Student winners will receive over $5000 in higher education scholarships and their high schools will receive funds raised during the California Dream Week Festival show week from May 10-13, 2012.

The competition was open to all high school juniors and seniors from the 40 Northern California counties.

California Dream Week is a nonprofit 501(c)3 event supported by companies, communities and individuals throughout the world who believe in the need for sustainability, for investing in today's youth and in international cultural awareness. Its 2011-2012 mission is to continue to raise funds for Northern California's suffering schools and nurture students' innovative ideas, giving them a chance to believe in a sustainable tomorrow.

About SamilCTS
Founded in 1998 in South Korea, SamilCTS [www.31cts.com] is recognized as one of South Korea's leading technology innovators and partners with some of today's most renown brands such as Samsung, Rockwell and Johnson Controls. The company has grown from a strong foundation in automation and R&D, transforming and maturing into an IT specialized firm at the pinnacle of the IT "big bang" era with products ranging from robots, DID (digital information display), image stage gauges and more. SamilCTS has a strong commitment to its human resources and to sustainable growth, while introducing on the global market creative products of unparalleled quality and in record times.

About Freshfiber - 3D Designed, personal accessories for electronics
Freshfiber [www.freshfiber.com] is a European design brand that creates 3D designed accessories for consumer electronics devices. Cooperating with artists and designers from around the globe, the company brings unique 3D shapes, protection and useful features to daily gadgets. Its primary products are currently cases for the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Samsung Galaxy.

Freshfiber is the first company to exclusively use innovative 3D Printing in its production lines. 3D Printing allows products to be "printed" layer upon layer using a laser. 3D Printing enables Freshfiber to produce on demand - without manufacturing more than is required - its standard commercial range, as well as personalized and special designs. The company in this way avoids burdening the environment with unnecessary production, stock and transportation demands.

A commitment to sustainability: The innovative production methods used by Freshfiber allow the company to produce smaller quantities of personalized and special designs, without manufacturing more than is required; unnecessary production, stock and transport are avoided and unused raw material can be recycled and re-printed.

About the organizer - The Worm Farm [www.thewormfarm.net] participated as primary sponsor in the first edition of California Dream Week, launched with the organizational support of Soroptimist International of Chico. For year two, The Worm Farm has generously offered to act as organizer of this significant program.

As organizer for California Dream Week, The Worm Farm is able to extend its vast relationships with schools around the North State to facilitate knowledge and awareness of the scholarship program.

The Worm Farm, founded in 1990, is one of the nation's leaders in fostering a culture of sustainability, providing the continental United States and Canada with fun, easy and affordable solutions for decreasing their environmental footprint. The company also provides professional and back-yard gardeners in California with personalized organic and natural soil solutions to fit an extensive variety of needs. The Worm Farm is actively involved with children of all ages and is renowned by schools and universities alike as offering one of the best hands-on learning tours available. Its founder Mark Purser is recognized as one of the world's leading vermicomposter specialists and he is regularly requested as a speaker at national venues across the country.




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Journalists are kindly asked to direct their reader inquiries to contact California Dream Week at:
      info@californiadreamweek.org
      530-554-2279 | 530-898-9009

For editorial inquiries or to request high resolution images of the California Dream Week logo, flyer, or images of projects from students or professional designers from the first 2010-2011 edition, please send email to:
      press@bt-media.net


February, 2012 - DREAMING OF A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
                       Creativity and sustainability meet design at California Dream Week

A+D+M #36 text by Barbara Arnaboldi

MARCO TAMINO. The factory of integrated architecture. MARCO TAMINO. The factory of integrated architecture.


December, 2011 - California Dream Week (CADW)
                           Pre-registration up 500% compared to 2010

Press Inquiries: bt-media
press@bt-media.net
t: 530-554-2279 | 530-898-9009

Reader Inquires to: info@CaliforniaDreamWeek.org
t: 530-554-2279 | 530-898-9009

California Dream Week (CADW)

Pre-registration up 500% compared to 2010


schools request revised participation deadline for students
new revised deadline: February 20, 2012
european sponsor facilitates CADW school outreach programs


CHICO, California, USA, 20 December 2011 - California Dream Week (CADW) has concluded the pre-registration phase of its higher education scholarship awards program challenging high school juniors and seniors in Northern California to dream and propose concepts for a sustainable tomorrow. Registrations during this period are up over 500% compared to the same period in 2010, demonstrating the program's global appeal for students, high schools, and communities in the California North State. The number of schools with students participating in the current edition already exceeds the total 22 schools with students registered at the end of the 2010-2011 CADW edition.

Students (and their teachers) - in 28 high schools and 12 different counties - who have registered during the pre-registration phase will receive California Dream Week t-shirts, as well as the chance to win a protective case from the program's featured school sponsor Freshfiber. Freshfiber is Europe's leading trend setter in sustainable solutions for electronics, and has pledged a sponsorship to help California Dream Week reach students and schools across the California North State.

The California Dream Week organizing committee also made the decision to modify the submission deadline for students. The committee unanimously decided to extend the project submission deadline to February 20, 2012, in response to requests from many high school administrators and educators, while also providing the organization the further opportunity to reach their target goal of 44 schools for the current edition. Students may continue to register up until the project submission deadline of February 20, 2012.

Student winners will receive over $5000 in higher education scholarships and their high schools will receive funds raised during the California Dream Week Festival show week in Spring 2012.

Students from 40 Northern California counties may participate alone or in groups, in up to two of three available categories: Architecture & Interior Product Design, Transportation, and Product Compliments. Scholarship Awards will be assigned to the top three placing projects in each category.

A distinguishing element of the awards program is that winning student projects are shared with professional architects and designers from around the globe. These international personalities in the world of design dedicate their time to graphically demonstrate how the projects have impacted their own design process and creativity. A series of student-inspired posters with content shared by the designers will be revealed during the California Dream Week Festival held in Chico, one of the nation's hotbeds of sustainability.

California Dream Week sustainability design awards program in synthesis:
  • Free Online Registration deadline: February 20, 2012 (students are encouraged to register now to allow the organizers the opportunity to visit their school and present the program)
    Participation: High school Juniors & Seniors - single student, or group of up to 5 students
    Quantity of submissions: each student may submit up to two projects in the categories of their choice.
  • Online Project submission deadline: February 20, 2012
  • University or Higher Education Scholarship awards to students: $5250
  • Total number of awards: 9
  • Festival show week: Spring - date to be announced
  • High schools: Funds raised during the Spring Festival will be donated to winning students' high schools

Register Online Today

A poster encouraging high school students to register for California Dream Week scholarship program
"This contest is designed to allow maximum participation, so that both students with and without design experience feel empowered to unleash their creative energy. In our first edition, there were finalist students who had had technical design classes in school, as well as students whose only connection to design was through their art programs. Primary judging criteria is focused on factors such as creativity and the demonstration of having studied materials, performance and sustainability," explains Melisa Lasell, founder of the California Dream Week scholarship program.

In its first year, the awards program saw the participation of students from 22 schools in 13 California counties, and international designers from South Africa, Mexico, Italy and The Netherlands. "We were lucky to have had some of today's most trendy and promising professionals in the world of architecture and design participate in the program. They were so inspired and moved by the initiative, that many pledged their continued support of the event," Lasell added.

Professionals interested in being a part of the 2012 judging panel or participating within the context of the graphic designer interpretations for the California Dream Week Festival, should contact the organizers at press@bt-media.net.

The contest is open to eleventh and twelfth graders enrolled in public, private or home schooling networks coming from the following Northern California counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba.

Complete documentation, including the Call For Entries, program description, information and inspiration for students in each competing category, as well as an overview on the first edition's project winners and international designers, is available at www.californiadreamweek.org .

Student submissions can be in any electronic form, including but not limited to drawings, sketches, models, mockups, essays or videos. Online registration is required by 5pm February 20, 2012, which is also the project deadline for students to submit their ideas. For official rules and submission requirements, visit www.californiadreamweek.org, or request a PDF copy at info@californiadreamweek.org.

Student scholarships totaling $5250 will be awarded and further cash awards from funds raised during the Festival will be donated to the high schools of the winning students.

California Dream Week is a nonprofit 501(c)3 event supported by companies, communities and individuals throughout the world who believe in the need for sustainability, for investing in today's youth and in international cultural awareness. Its 2011-2012 mission is to continue to raise funds for Northern California's suffering schools and nurture students' innovative ideas, giving them a chance to believe in a sustainable tomorrow.

About Freshfiber - 3D Designed, personal accessories for electronics
Freshfiber [www.freshfiber.com] is a European design brand that creates 3D designed accessories for consumer electronics devices. Cooperating with artists and designers from around the globe, the company brings unique 3D shapes, protection and useful features to daily gadgets. Its primary products are currently cases for the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Samsung Galaxy.

Freshfiber is the first company to exclusively use innovative 3D Printing in its production lines. 3D Printing allows products to be "printed" layer upon layer using a laser. 3D Printing enables Freshfiber to produce on demand - without manufacturing more than is required - its standard commercial range, as well as personalized and special designs. The company in this way avoids burdening the environment with unnecessary production, stock and transportation demands.

A commitment to sustainability: The innovative production methods used by Freshfiber allow the company to produce smaller quantities of personalized and special designs, without manufacturing more than is required; unnecessary production, stock and transport are avoided and unused raw material can be recycled and re-printed.

About the organizer - The Worm Farm [www.thewormfarm.net] participated as primary sponsor in the first edition of California Dream Week, launched with the organizational support of Soroptimist International of Chico. For year two, The Worm Farm has generously offered to act as organizer of this significant program.

As organizer for California Dream Week, The Worm Farm is able to extend its vast relationships with schools around the North State to facilitate knowledge and awareness of the scholarship program.

The Worm Farm, founded in 1990, is one of the nation's leaders in fostering a culture of sustainability, providing the continental United States and Canada with fun, easy and affordable solutions for decreasing their environmental footprint. The company also provides professional and back-yard gardeners in California with personalized organic and natural soil solutions to fit an extensive variety of needs. The Worm Farm is actively involved with children of all ages and is renowned by schools and universities alike as offering one of the best hands-on learning tours available. Its founder Mark Purser is recognized as one of the world's leading vermicomposter specialists and he is regularly requested as a speaker at national venues across the country.


# # #


Journalists are kindly asked to direct their readers to contact California Dream Week at:
      info@californiadreamweek.org
      530-554-2279 | 530-898-9009

For editorial inquiries or to request a full copy of the Call For Entries, a high resolution image of the California Dream Week logo, flyer, or images of projects from students or professional designers from the 2010-2011 first edition, please send email to:
      press@bt-media.net


October, 2011 - CALL FOR ENTRIES ANNOUNCED.
                       CALIFORNIA DREAM WEEK LAUNCHES 2ND EDITION

Press Inquiries: bt-media
press@bt-media.net
t: 530-554-2279 | 530-898-9009

Reader Inquires to: info@CaliforniaDreamWeek.org
t: 530-554-2279 | 530-898-9009

HELPING YOUTH BELIEVE IN A SUSTAINABLE TOMORROW & FEEL PART OF A GLOBAL COMMUNITY

CHICO, California, USA, October 2011 - California Dream Week announces the second edition of its awards program challenging high school juniors and seniors from Northern California to dream and propose concepts for a sustainable tomorrow. Student winners will receive over $5000 in higher education scholarships and their high schools will receive funds raised during the California Dream Week Festival show week in Spring 2012.

Students from 40 Northern California counties may participate alone or in groups, in up to two of three available categories: Architecture & Interior Product Design, Transportation, and Product Compliments. Scholarship Awards will be assigned to the top three placing projects in each category.

A distinguishing element of the awards program is that winning student projects are shared with professional architects and designers from around the globe. These international personalities in the world of design dedicate their time to graphically demonstrate how the projects have impacted their own design process and creativity. A series of student-inspired posters with content shared by the designers will be revealed during the California Dream Week Festival held in Chico, one of the nation's hotbeds of sustainability.

Register Online Today

"This contest is designed to allow the maximum amount of participation from students, regardless of the classes (not) offered in their school. We hope that, just as demonstrated in our first edition, students that have never had any sort of design or technical classes will also be inspired to share their ideas. Aesthetic presentation holds the least point value in the judging criteria of the contest. Primary judging criteria is focused on other factors such as creativity and the demonstration of having studied materials, performance and sustainability," explains Melisa Lasell, founder of the California Dream Week scholarship program.

Register Online Today

In its first year, the awards program saw the participation of students from 21 schools in 13 California counties, and international designers from South Africa, Mexico, Italy and The Netherlands. "We were lucky to have had some of today's most trendy and promising professionals in the world of architecture and design participate in the program. They were so inspired and moved by the initiative, that many pledged their continued support of the event," Lasell added.

Professionals interested in being a part of the 2012 judging panel or participating within the context of the graphic designer interpretations for the California Dream Week Festival, should contact the organizers at press@bt-media.net.

The contest is open to eleventh and twelfth graders enrolled in public, private or home schooling networks coming from the following Northern California counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba.

Complete documentation, including the Call For Entries, program description, information and inspiration for students in each competing category, as well as an overview on the first edition's project winners and international designers, is available at www.californiadreamweek.org .

Student submissions can be in any electronic form, including but not limited to drawings, sketches, models, mockups, essays or videos. Online registration deadline: Pre-registration deadline: December 10, 2011; Final registration deadline: January 20, 2012. Students can submit their ideas to California Dream Week from December 10, 2011 through 5pm January 20, 2012. For official rules and submission requirements, visit www.californiadreamweek.org, or request a PDF copy at info@californiadreamweek.org .

Student scholarships totaling $5250 will be awarded and further cash awards from funds raised during the Festival will be donated to the high schools of the winning students.

California Dream Week sustainability design awards program in synthesis:

  • Free Online Registration deadline: Pre-registration deadline: December 10, 2011; Final registration deadline: January 20, 2012 (students are encouraged to register now to allow the organizers the opportunity to visit their school and present the program)
    Participation: High school Juniors & Seniors - single student, or group of up to 5 students
    Quantity of submissions: each student may submit up to two projects in the categories of their choice.
  • Online Project submission deadline: January 20, 2012
  • University or Higher Education Scholarship awards to students: $5250
  • Festival show week: Spring - date to be announced
  • High schools: Funds raised during the Spring Festival will be donated to winning students' high schools

"Providing students a chance to express their dreams and allowing them to see how their ideas can impact the creative process of people around the world ...we hope this process will also expose teens to a global concept of sustainability," said California Dream Week committee member Margaret VanLaanMartin. "It is an opportunity to help fund students' higher education, to introduce them to the creative design process and to expose them to an international cultural experience."

California Dream Week is a nonprofit 501(c)3 event supported by companies, communities and individuals throughout the world who believe in the need for sustainability, for investing in today's youth and in international cultural awareness. Its 2011-2012 mission is to continue to raise funds for Northern California's suffering schools and nurture students' innovative ideas, giving them a chance to believe in a sustainable tomorrow.

About the organizer - The Worm Farm [www.thewormfarm.net] participated as primary sponsor in the first edition of California Dream Week, launched with the organizational support of Soroptimist International of Chico. For year two, The Worm Farm has generously offered to act as organizer of this significant program.

As organizer for California Dream Week, The Worm Farm is able to extend its vast relationships with schools around the North State to facilitate knowledge and awareness of the scholarship program.

The Worm Farm, founded in 1990, is one of the nation's leaders in fostering a culture of sustainability, providing the continental United States and Canada with fun, easy and affordable solutions for decreasing their environmental footprint. The company also provides professional and back-yard gardeners in California with personalized organic and natural soil solutions to fit an extensive variety of needs. The Worm Farm is actively involved with children of all ages and is renowned by schools and universities alike as offering one of the best hands-on learning tours available. Its founder Mark Purser is recognized as one of the world's leading vermicomposter specialists and he is regularly requested as a speaker at national venues across the country.


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Journalists are kindly asked to direct their readers to contact California Dream Week at:
      info@californiadreamweek.org
      530-554-2279 | 530-898-9009

For editorial inquiries or to request a full copy of the Call For Entries, a high resolution image of the California Dream Week logo, flyer, or images of projects from students or professional designers from the 2010-2011 first edition, please send email to:
      press@bt-media.net


October 10, 2011 - California Dream Week made to Wikipedia!

California Dream Week - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


July 26, 2011 - Californiadreamweek.org gets a new look

In preparation of the 2011-2012 edition of California Dream Week, our website has been revamped, restructured, redesigned and reprogrammed with the help of a team of volunteers, including contribution from our 2010-2011 Architecture & Interior Product Design 1st place winner, Matthew Hutter. Take a look at the new content, and be sure to visit again in mid-August when the 2nd edition of our sustainability design contest will be launched.

California Dream Week home page


June 15, 2011 - California's own dream contest - a success for year one

The first edition, launched in November 2010 and concluded in March 2011, unprecedented results:
California Dream Week Passport

* $4250 in student scholarships awarded to 6 winning sustainability dreams
* $798 cash awards to schools
* participation from students in 21 schools and 13 counties
* 7 winning students and 1 honorable mention from 6 schools in 5 counties
* support of 74 businesses from the Chico and California North State area
* personalities from Cinema and Music participated in the celebratory "Dream Week" to help spread the word
* renowned designers & architects from around the world celebrated the winning student design ideas in a series of graphic poster displays for Dream Week visitors to view

Stay tuned for upcoming information on the launch of year 2, for 2011-2012 California Dream Week!


May 15, 2011 - visitors from as far as the East Coast come for California Dream Week's year one festival

From May 5-May 8, the California Dream Week festival marked and celebrated the conclusion of its first sustainability design contest, and raised money for scholarships and schools. Visitors from around the North State (from San Francisco, Quincy and throughout the Sacramento Valley) and from around the Nation (including Texas, New York and Florida) came to Chico to visit the showrooms hosting the winning projects and partake in the various festivities.

Five of the six award winners and one honorable mention were also present and were seen around town scoping out their winning project posters. This was their first opportunity to see how their "sustainable dream" was used to inspire or be reinterpreted by professional designers from around the world. Each student design was exhibited on special posters throughout the city, showing both their work and the professional designer's interpretation.

The Bacon Brothers

The winning students also had a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet actor Kevin Bacon and Emmy award composer brother Michael Bacon who were in Chico with their band The Bacon Brothers. This amazing group came to help spread the word about the new California Dream Week fundraiser in support of our leaders of tomorrow and the schools that contribute to a culture of creativity and sustainability. The students received $4250 in scholarships and they, their parents and their teachers were also guests of honor at the concerts, which included both The Bacon Brothers and an opening act by Grammy nominee Ira Walker.

Ira Walker

View the winning projects!
Award Finalists

The award winners and the professional designers are:

Student Student school/
county
Professional Designer Country
Lyle Hayden & Giovanni QuezadaChico Inspire, Butte CountyStapelfeldt, KurtSouth Africa
Matthew HutterChico High, Butte CountyBrian GarrettThe Netherlands
Hemiha VasanthakumaranFranklin High, Sacramento CountyIlaria MarelliItaly
Gina HuynhSilver Creek High, Santa Clara CountyLuca CasiniItaly
Levi Stanton Chico High, Butte CountyJose Gonzalez CabreroMexico
Cristina CalvaOrland High, Glenn CountyLorenzo PalmeriItaly
Ron Anthony HurleyEl Camino High, San Francisco County  


May 5, 2011 - Professional Designers interpreting projects by North State youth.

Luca Casini - Italy


May 3, 2011 - Professional Designers interpreting projects by North State youth.

Lorenzo Palmeri - Italy

Brian Garrett - The Netherlands


May 1, 2011 - California Dream Week | KCVU FOX20.

BY CDARR - APRIL 25, 2011

Visitors to California Dream Week will be able to participate in a DREAM festival celebrating North State creativity, and join in the grass roots effort to support a culture of sustainability, and fund creativity for college-bound teens and their high schools.

At a glance activities:
DREAM awards - award winning projects will be displayed at an exclusive 4 day only exhibit, along with works from celebrated designers around the world who have united to pay tribute to the finalists from the North State and their "dreams for a sustainable tomorrow". Each award project will be on display in a different downtown Chico location.

Finalist projects from the DREAM competition (juniors and seniors in Northern California high schools): Chico Senior High School, Butte County; El Camino High School, San Francisco county; Franklin High School, Sacramento county, Inspire School of Arts and Sciences, Butte county, Orland High School, Glenn county, Silver Creek High School, Santa Clara County.

DREAM concerts The Bacon Brothers band (www.baconbros.com ) will be performing 2 benefit concerts (and donating all proceeds one night) on May 6th and May 7th in support of this philanthropic event. Composed of accomplished musicians Michael Bacon (vocals, guitar, cello), Kevin Bacon (vocals, guitar, percussion, harmonica), Paul Guzzone (bass, vocals), Ira Siegel (electric guitar, vocals), Frank Vilardi (drums), Charlie Giordano, Joe Mennonna (keys), this songwriters band performs its own songs in a hallmark style that, through bare self-expression and humor, echo the lives of others. It's an art the band has refined over six albums and in the numerous sold-out shows they play around the globe each year. And with each album and tour, the Bacon Brothers are acclaimed for their "raise your lighter and sing along" band, garnering fan after fan and shattering the obstacle of perception.

- Platinum songwriter and Grammy Nominee, Ira Walker (www.irawalker.net), in his show of support for California Dream Week will be donating two nights opening for this incredible concert. General admission starts at $40. For tickets: ticketweb.com, Diamond W in Chico, or email info@californiadreamweek.com


May 1, 2011 - Professional Designers interpreting projects by North State youth.

José González Cabrero - Mexico


April 28, 2011 - California Dream Week will be giving away $1000's of dollars in prizes at participating locations.


April 28, 2011 - California Dream Week is almost here - get your Passports TODAY!.

A festival celebrating youth, sustainability and creativity
ALL proceeds go to college scholarships and funding for North State schools!


DREAM Passport (May 5-8):
Purchase your $5 Passport now and have it stamped from participating merchants to qualify for the final gift give away prize! Visit all locations and insert your tickets into the Dream Box to participate in the many DREAM Gift give aways.

  • DREAM PROJECTS - Visit the world premier exhibits revealing how creativity from North State students has inspired designers from around the globe
  • DREAM WALK - Visit the circuit of locations to enjoy special culinary delights from around the North State
  • DREAM HUNT - Search for QR code clues at downtown Chico, CA locations. Piece the clues together and find the hidden treasure that awaits you at the end
  • DREAM PRIZES - $1,000's of dollars in prizes (sports equipment, apparel, food, art, concert tickets, etc. from local businesses). Gift give aways will be located at select DREAM Project, DREAM Hunt, and DREAM Walk locations - see updated list online and available from May 5th throughout Chico where you see the California Dream Week staff. Winners present at time of drawing receive additional prizes!

DREAM Projects (May 5-8). North state youth celebrated by professional designers around the world:

Cristina Calva (Orland High, Orland, Glenn County): "A sustainable home"
Interior design of a complete home concept, utilizing discarded storage containers; interpreted by Lorenzo Palmeri (Italy).
Matthew Hutter (Chico Sr. High, Chico, Butte County): "Butterfly Roof Concept Vacation House"
An environmentally friendly vacation home that exploits geometrical structure to maximize solar efficiency. Interpreted by Brian Garrett (The Netherlands).
Levi Stanton (Chico Sr. High, Chico, Butte County): "Enhanced Solar Cell Using Carbon Nanotubes and Silicon Nanowires"
A new technology for superior energy production, interpreted by Jose Gonzalez (Mexico).
Lyle Hayden & Giovanni Quezada (Chico Inspire, Chico, Butte County):
"Energeco"
Improve on previous energy creating motion devices by limiting bulk and creating a more efficient generator space. Interpreted by Kurt Stapelfeldt (South Africa).
Hemiha Vasanthakumaran (Franklin High School, Elk Grove, Sacramento County): "Clean Energy Transportation"
Conversion of roadways into ready-available photovoltaic power sources. Interpreted by Ilaria Marelli (Italy).
Gina Huyhn (Silver Creek High, San Jose, Santa Clara County): "Taste the Tree"
A solar energized green fountain.
Ron Anthony Hurley (El Camino High, South San Francisco, San Francisco County): "The Monoplex"
A multi-use, self energy producing Theater.

DREAM BENEFIT Concerts (May 6th & 7th):

The Bacon Brothers band, comprised of actor Kevin Bacon and Emmy® Award-winning brother Michael Bacon, will be in Chico, CA for 2 nights performing benefit concerts to support California Dream Week's activities aimed at helping college-bound teens and North State high schools.
"Sharply executed rock that has a blue-collar, rootsy edge." - The New Yorker
"With 2009 marking 14 years of the Bacon Brothers band's existence, any cynical preconceptions about this well-known actor "dabbling" in music now can safely be discarded" - Musicallies.com
"The Bacon Brothers blew me away with brilliant performance of George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and proved to me that this is not "just" an actor in a band. This is a band whose music lives inside two brothers who have earned their mark as true music artists," - Marc Birnbach, wnew.radio.com

  • El Rey Theater, 132 2nd St, Chico (where every seat is a good seat!)
  • Shows begin at 8 pm
  • General Admission starting at $40. Seats closest to the band cost $60, $80 (front 2 rows $120). BENEFIT!

Purchase tickets at Diamond W Western Wear (181 E 2nd St., Chico, CA), at Ticketweb.com, or from California Dream Week.

All the activities during California Dream Week

Benefit concerts to help North State schools


April 28, 2011 - Professional Designers interpreting projects by North State youth.

Ilaria Marelli, Italy

Kurt Stapelfeldt, South Africa


April 27, 2011 - NBC Bay Aria - California Dream Week, by Alysia Gray Painter More stories by this author...

The Bacon Brothers
DESIGN CONCEPTS: Students from Monterey on up to the Oregon border were called upon to submit ideas for sustainability in design, products, and transportation. If you think the submissions got filed away in some binder somewhere, to be considered by judges and never seen by the public, take heart; not only will the winning concepts be made public, but a multi-day party is being built around them. And providing the soundtrack? Yep. The Bacon Brothers.

CHICO CELEBRATION: Kevin and Michael Bacon will play two benefit shows in honor of California Dream Week. The dates are May 6 and 7 and the venue is the El Rey, which isn't all that far from where the winning student designs will be displayed. In addition to rocking and projects, several restaurants are serving up NorCal regional specialties.


March 10, 2011 - The contest has concluded! Congratulations to all the schools who were inspired to support their students in participating, and to all the high school students who by participating are champions for their high school. Over the next weeks projects will be judged, and the selected finalist projects will be forwarded to professional designers around the world. These professional designers will be asked to be inspired by the students' dreams and to forward to California Dream Week their own artistic interpretation of the finalist projects, or of inspirational ideas stemming from the students' dreams.

The student and professional designer concepts will be celebrated during the California Dream Week festival from May 5-May 8 in Chico California, and the winning projects will be revealed in a ceremony on May 7th. Further details will be available April 29, 2011.

Students in the following 21 schools and 13 counties participated:

SchoolsCounties
Berkeley HSAlameda
Buhach Colony HighButte
Cesar Chavez High SchoolContra Costa
Chico Green SchoolElk Grove
Chico Senior High SchoolGlenn
COREMerced
DurhamNapa
El Camino High SchoolSacramento
Franklin High SchoolSan Francisco
Green AcresSan Joaquin
Heritage HighSanta Clara
Inspire school of arts and sciencesSonoma
Laguna CreekYuba
Lindhurst High
Los Altos High School
Maria Carrillo High School
New Technology High School
Orland High School
Ripon High School
Ruth Asawa School fo the Arts
Silver Creek High School


January 24, 2011 - California Dream Week update

We have had two more gift give aways this month, one on January 12 generously sponsored by Klean Kanteen (www.kleankanteen.com), and one on January 19 sponsored by The Worm Farm (www.thewormfarm.net). Gift give away prizes were awarded both to fans of California Dream Week Facebook page and to students who have already registered to participate in the green ideas contest of California Dream Week. Facebook fan winners came from Humboldt, Sacramento and Chico, and our student winners came from Cesar Chavez High School in San Joaquin county and from Chico Green School in Butte County. Gift give away prizes included (2) Klean Kanteen 27oz classic with loop cap, (2) Baseball caps and (1) 1 pound of composting red worms from The Worm Farm. The next scheduled gift give away will be moved to Wednesday February 2. The prize will be announced on the California Dream Week Facebook page this Wednesday January 26 and word has it that the prizes could be worth $50 each.

January saw a dramatic rise in sponsorships, donations and student registrations from around the entire North State, and the California Dream Week organizing committee - on behalf of Soroptimist International of Chico - would like to sincerely thank its supporters for helping us to help high schools and college-bound teens, and in helping us to provide this opportunity for green inspiration and international cultural awareness. A cheer to all of you who want to give students the courage to dream!

Raffle prizes:

Klean Kanteen - 27oz classic with loop cap Baseball caps Red worms from The Worm Farm


January 4, 2011 - ChicoBag™ is the generous sponsor for the January 5, 2011 gift give aways being held for Facebook fans of California Dream Week and for all Junior and Senior students that have pre-registered for the California Dream Week sustainability design contest. There will be 2 winners for each gift give away and the prizes are:

Student winners: Daypack15 Smoke and Original Black
Community winners: Produce Stand Starter Kit (with apple pouch) and Vita rePETe™ Dark Roast

ChicoBag™ is a Northern California company equipping humanity with tools that can help eliminate the environmental damage caused by single-use aused by single-use paper and plastic bags. Every ChicoBag™ is designed to be unforgettable and gives you a fashionable, environmentally friendly reusable solution.

Since its launch in the last days of November 2010, California Dream Week has received amazing feedback and support from around the world, and currently has students registered from 5 schools in 4 Northern California counties. This project is shining a light on Northern California and creating funds for its high schools and scholarships for its students. For further information on how you can participate in or support California Dream Week, please write to info@californiadreamweek.com and become a fan on Facebook today!

California Dream Week - Jan 5, 2011 Raffle prizes from ChicoBag:

DayPack15 Smoke Pouch DayPack15 Smoke DayPack15 Smoke Pouch
Original Black Original Black Produce Stand Starter Kit  (with apple pouch)
Vita rePETe™ Vita rePETe™ Vita rePETe™


December 2, 2010 - The first student registrations for California Dream Week were received on Wednesday, December 1. The registrations come from Buhach Colony High School in Atwater (Merced Union High School District in Merced County). Congratulations!

November 23, 2010 - California Dream Week is officially launched: a revolutionary new project that will give California North State youth the opportunity to immerse themselves into the international design arena, and to participate in an intercultural event that will also generate funds for California's suffering schools. The six month project will be conducted in three phases:

Phase 1 - California Dream Week commences this Fall 2010, inviting Junior and Senior high school students from the California North State to submit their ideas and dreams for a sustainable tomorrow. The dreams will focused around 3 target categories: Architecture & Interior Product Design, Transportation, Product compliments. The judging criteria of the submissions is devised so that any student with a creative idea can participate - mockups or models are not a requirement.

Phase 2 - An international jury will judge the student submissions and the top 3 projects in each category will be provided to professional architects, designers or creatives from around the world. In this phase of California Dream Week, the student becomes the "client company" to whom the professional must provide a design to match the brief. The student idea will be interpreted according to the cultural and professional experience of the designer.

Phase 3 - The event will conclude with a show week in Spring 2011 in Chico, California - one of the nation's hotbeds of sustainability. Visitors to the city will have the opportunity to peruse a series of specially created showrooms, with each showroom highlighting a different project. How each student's sustainability dream is interpreted by the corresponding professional designer will shine a light on our need for global unity and cultural understanding when considering the future of our planet.

At a glance details:

Rules & regulations: complete information can be found at www.californiadreamweek.com and click "Call for entries".

Registration: students may register online now. Visit www.californiadreamweek.com and click "Register".

Restrictions - age: students must be a junior or senior in high school to participate.

Restrictions - geography: students must be enrolled in public, private or home schooling networks coming from the following Northern California counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Matteo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba.

Submissions: single students or groups of no more than 5 students may submit their ideas from December 10, 2010, through March 4, 2011. To submit projects, students must visit www.californiadreamweek.com and click "Submit project".

Awards: student scholarships totaling $5250 will be awarded; further cash awards will be donated to the schools of the winning students. Amount of school awards will be announced in Spring 2011. California Dream Week target goal is to generate an additional $17,000 in cash awards for the schools; there is no cap on the amount that could be generated.

California Dream Week is a non-profit 5013c event supported by companies, communities and individuals throughout the world who believe in the need for sustainability, for investing in today's youth, and in international cultural awareness.

Individuals wishing to help contribute to the funds generated for schools may do so by visiting the "Organizers & Sponsors" pages on the www.californiadreamweek.com web site. Donations may be easily accepted via PayPal online.

Companies wishing to help sponsor California Dream Week may contact the organizers at:
info@californiadreamweek.com
tel: 530-554-2279




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