Positive Action: Freestyle Sessions 2019 Recap

300 Volunteers at the Born Botanical Action Day, 900 lbs of food collected, $10,580 raised for urban farming, and outreach from local changemakers at the shows.

Colorado is an inspiring place.

Bassnectar’s Freestyle event in Colorado has become a staple event, a yearly adventure in inspiration and good music. This state makes so much possible for music, and the Be Interactive team knew it was time to give back in a big way. Nothing will inspire you to love the earth like Boulder’s Flatirons or the sweeping views to the Rockies from Denver. So, we organized the biggest volunteer day Bassnectar’s ever hosted with a focus on food justice and permaculture, a sustainable farming ethos.

300 Volunteers at Born Botanical Permaculture Action Day

We partnered with Bassnectar, Michael Franti, the Permaculture Action Network, and the fantastic folks at Frontline Farming to create a day of hands-on learning at their newest urban farm.


For months, our collaborators worked hard to plan a day that would give to the farm, and give to the volunteers. Colorado Ambassadors and community members pitched in, helping source donations, distributing flyers, and more.

On June 8, we welcomed volunteers who dug 800 ft of garden beds, put up 825 ft of rabbit fencing, made and watered with compost tea, and built a vegetable washing station. Volunteers in turn learned about permaculture, food justice, racism in our food system, and how to be a part of a more equitable and delicious future. This was a mutual effort between all parties to create a lasting impact in each other, and in Colorado’s food system. We succeeded.

900 Lbs of Food Collected

Next, we worked with our friends at Conscious Alliance to unite the fantastic event art with the cause of feeding those in need on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and supporting water protectors at Standing Rock via monetary donations.

Working with XLUSIV, the wonderful artist behind the event poster, we laid out the latest in our series of commemorative event lunchboxes, and offered it in exchange for a food or monetary donation. Inside one of the lunchboxes, Michael, a very lucky fan, found two tickets to Bassnectar’s Bass Center XII event in Hampton, VA. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation benefits greatly from Conscious Alliance’s hard work in the music community, and we’re proud to be a part of bringing meals to them as they work for justice and food security.

$10,580 Raised for Urban Farming

In order to fund supplies and infrastructure for the Born Botanical Permaculture Action Day, we turned to the Bassnectar & Michael Franti communities. They did not disappoint us.

First, we held a t-shirt design contest, and Colorado-based artist Jason Frank, pictured, contributed a design that spoke to all the collaborators. His art was offered on an environmentally friendly tee, in a fundraiser with Propeller. The fundraiser also included tickets and meet & greets for Bassnectar’s Freestyle Sessions event from June 7-9 and Michael Franti’s Red Rocks performance on June 7.

The support from the community for this fundraiser went above and beyond our expectations. We blew through our projections and had to order more shirts!

81 Voters Registered & 378 Messages to legislators for Women’s Rights

Our Friends at HeadCount are giving away two tickets to Bass Center XII to those who stand up for what they believe in by asking their representatives what they’re doing to protect women’s rights and healthcare. Starting at Freestyle Sessions and continuing all summer, HeadCount is making it easy to make your voice heard.Text VOTER BASSNECTAR to 40649. This past weekend, attendees sent 378 messages to legislators with HeadCount, and 81 folks registered to vote.

Haven Changemakers

One of the strongest powers in the world is inspiration, but it often cannot take root without fertile ground.

We brought several hands-on organizations together at Freestyle, channeling the inspiration of the Bassnectar show toward action in making our world a better place. If we build connections beyond the shows themselves, we can do so much more. Those organizations were…

The Sunrise Movement

A youth-led environmental movement, working to move the Green New Deal forward and end Climate Change.

HeadCount

The largest youth voter registration organization in the country. With them, you can register, update your address, sign up for election reminders, and more.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy

A student-led effort to end the drug war and bring common sense drug laws into effect.

To Write Love On Her Arms

A mental health organization focused on hope and help for those who struggle, and their friends.

Thank You.

They say if you build it, they will come. And you did, in many ways. From supporting the fundraiser, to picking up a shovel, to signing up to do even more beyond the show, we are working toward a better world. Thank you to our friends at 1STBANK Center & Denver Coliseum for being awesome partners in pulling off a legendary weekend, and to all our friends and collaborating organizations who pitched in.

Support Be Interactive now by purchasing the poster for Saturday’s Ghost Show from the Bassnectar merchandise store:

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