Dear Neta readers,
It has been about one month since we launched our platform, and we could not be more grateful (and surprised!) for the overwhelming support we have received from you. Since the beginning, we knew that this was a project that our community needed to amplify our voices on the border. We are happy that we are not alone in thinking that.
Our initial plan was to use crowdfunding to fund our project. Shortly after launching our Kickstarter, however, we received many calls, emails, and messages from people all across the state and region asking how they can help Neta reach our fundraising goal. After many conversations, sleepless first nights, and intense planning, we are proud to say that we have secured the money that we need to launch through other means outside of Kickstarter.
Because of that, we have decided to cancel our Kickstarter campaign. For those of you who have pledged money to it, you will not be charged any amount. We are so, so, SO thankful for your support in our Kickstarter. We wish you could see the smiles on our faces and the happy little dances we’d do after a new pledge would come in.
That being said, we’d like to invite everyone to our launch party and first ever Reclama Awards. The party will be on Thursday, March 30 at 8 PM at Yerberia Cultura in McAllen, Texas. You can get your tickets at netargv.com/party!
Our launch party will have live music and entertainers from our borderland. There will also be food that is uniquely representative of our region, such as raspas, spiropapas, elote, and Mexican food. There will also be local vendors and artists and a silent auction.
During our launch party, we will have our first Reclama Awards which will recognize three people from the Rio Grande Valley who are using any form of art or storytelling to amplify border voices and challenge mainstream narratives about our region. We will announce the three individuals we are recognizing this year very soon.
Once again, mil gracias for all your support. We are ready to continue making culturally relevant and engaging content and to amplify our voices in our borderland.