It was hot. It was really hot. She was eight and a half months pregnant and about to start a new season of 30 Rock when she took the time to join The Kitchen Sisters in a sweltering studio in New York City to narrate and host The Hidden World of Girls. Tina Fey, groundbreaking writer and comedian, off-beat champion of women, added her voice to power these illuminating stories of girls and the women they become.
It was your generosity and support that made these two hour-long NPR Tina Fey Specials and the 30-part Hidden World of Girls series possible. Your support helped share these stories with 22 million listeners around the world and helped give voice to a movement making deep change in the lives of women and girls.
We write to wish you well at year’s end and to thank you. And we ask for your continued support for the mission of The Kitchen Sisters—our radio stories, documentary work, and our education and internship program.
Stories are tinder. They can light a fire. As we begin a new year creating radio stories and multimedia documentaries we are more committed than ever to the telling of stories that hold promise of change, democracy, hope and imagination.
In the coming year we begin a new NPR series, Hidden Kitchens World, global kitchen stories of land, community and food. We have just received an NEA matching grant for this new collaboration and we need your contribution to meet this match. We will also be developing a highly interactive Hidden Kitchens phone app to further spread and collect these stories and create new ways for people to collaborate with us from around the world. Crowdsourcing stories has long been a Kitchen Sisters tradition and continues to be at the heart of our work.
During this past year we began some new collaborations–with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where we chronicled their “Women Who Rock” exhibit and began documenting the lives of pioneering women musicians; with The Believer magazine’s annual music issue; with illustrator Wendy MacNaughton; and Pop-Up, the live-magazine phenomenon that showcases some of the country’s most interesting writers, filmmakers, photographers and radio producers, where we sneak previewed two upcoming stories, “Show the Girls the Snakes” and an excerpt from “Atomic Wine: A Trace of Bomb in the Glass” from our new Hidden Kitchens World project.
Much is on the horizon. Along with working on more stories of women and girls, we are writing a new book, Notes From the Kitchen Sisterhood: The Power of Storytelling, and producing our first audio book, 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering written and read by Alice Waters and Friends. We are also collaborating with Obscura Digital and the Cabrillo Festival for Contemporary Music on “The Hidden World of Girls: Stories for Orchestra,” a multimedia evening of new music, radio, and images in July 2012.
All this comes to pass with your collaboration and support. The year ahead is a rugged one. Funding for public radio projects, especially the work of independents, is deeply threatened. Your participation is vital and so appreciated. There is barely one of you who receives this letter who has not contributed a story, an image, a contact, air miles, music, cheese, financial support or encouragement.
We thank you deeply for this creative collaboration and the power it gives us to build community through storytelling. All of your donations are tax-deductible. You contribution, no matter what size, makes it possible to do this work.
We send you and your family wishes for peace and possibilities in the complex and shining year ahead.
Davia & Nikki
The Kitchen Sisters
Illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton