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who we are

Fallout Creative Community is people that want to make the world a better place.  From our hometown of Aberdeen, SD we collaborate to host events

and create art of the visual, musical and performance kind.

Through creative arts we dream of a better world

and we make those dreams come true by building community.

EVENTS

 

Our events are designed to build community.  Many lifelong friendships and exciting creative collaborations have their roots in a Fallout event.

 

Most Fallout events take place at the Red Rooster Coffee House in downtown Aberdeen SD.  At our weekly Art & Music Night we make plans and get to know each other better, then we dive into some free food and get our creativity flowing with free art supplies.  In the meantime music, from DJs to open mic, to local and traveling acts inspire our creative flow.

 

Every Tuesday we have an Oldtime Music Jam featuring seasoned musicians who encourage people of all levels of experience or ability to sit in on the jam.

 

Every month we have a steady stream of live musical performances, theme parties and Karaoke nights.

 

All of the creativity crescendos in our downtown streets at our festivals.  Our Art & Bicycle Spectacle (May) and the Fallout Art & Music Festival (September) are  vibrant celebrations of community with hands-on art stations, live music, free food and kids activities.

CREATIVE PROJECTS

 

Our creative projects are collaborative from the beginning.  Someone comes up with an idea and bounces it off of the rest of us.  If it finds wings it flies.

 

We have been somewhat prolific at film making and always have multiple film projects at different stages of production.

 

We gather musical people together for different reasons.  Our Battle of the 2-Day Bands creates new bands.  We keep an obnoxious Christmas tradition alive with Cap'n Ralf & the Convocation's Loud X-Mas Concert.  And we occasionally gather musicians for tribute and theme performance nights.  The Fallout "house band" is Better Ride, which is a group made up primarily of Fallout members who have developmental disabilities.

 

Artists are gathered to make art and brainstorm potential projects.  There have been themed art shows, guerrilla social commentary art, and huge collaborative murals with hundreds of artists contributing.

 

Each summer embark upon and Art & Music Party tour, bringing a taste of the Fallout to other towns across the state.

DREAMERS

 

The Fallout is one big experiment in making the world a better place.  We imagine what a perfect world would be like and we experiments with micro-versions of that world.

 

A place where everybody is recognized as a creative force and has value in the community.

 

Our definition of creativity is:  Finding underlying connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena.

 

A painter works with colors, textures, shapes, brushes and canvas.  He combines these elements with thoughts, feelings, insights and puts them together to create beauty.  Music has notes, rhythms, different instruments and voices.  We can use creativity to mesh these things to make a song that evokes powerful emotion.

 

In this world there are many different kinds of people, all with different backgrounds and experiences.  We need creativity to see how you and I fit together.  With a creative mind I can see our differences and discover how they fit together.  When we come together in unity we begin to see the manifestation of a perfect world.

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meet the spark plugs

The Fallout is a collaboration of many people

but it takes a few visionaries to keep the proverbial ball rolling.

Dan & Angie Cleberg

 

 

Dan grew up with a penchant for the creative.  Always drawing, singing, dancing, acting, creating.  But also wanted others to join him in his creative adventures.

 

He went to college first to pursue a drama major but switched to art and simultaneously maintained the helm of a rock band during school.

 

He met bright and beautiful wife, Angela, at a music festival that he was performing at.  Their shared "Jr. High" sense of humor, love of The Simpsons and passion to make the world a better place led then to getting hitched.

 

Dan currently dons no small amount of hats.  Besides directing the Fallout he owns the Red Rooster Coffee House with Kileen (Cleberg) Limvere (his sister and bestie), operates Imagine Zion (his graphic design and film business), and manages Cleberg Enterprise (ie. the landlord of several rentals).  But his favorite hat of all is his "Daddy" hat.  Zion is a spunky "girl-power!" tween with a love for music, dancing, Mine Craft, My Little Pony and always having the final word.

BOARD of Directors

 

The Fallout is a 501(c) non-profit and has a great board.

 

President

Cindy Kirschmann

Coordinator for a do-gooder organization serving

people with developmental disabilities.

 

Vice President

Crystal Harper

Student and eccentric creative type.

 

Treasurer

Holly Engelhart

CPA and tax form Wizard

 

Member at Large

Corrinna Alander

Another enthusiastic doer of good who works

at Transition Services Liaison Project

 

 

Here is a link to IRS Form 990

Our Story

Not every arts organization gets its start from glowing orbs from outer space.

Dan tells the story, from birth to the coming of age, of the Fallout

in twenty neat and tidy boxes.

What we didn't realize was that by having a stage for music and wall space for art we weren't just attracting artist and musicians but when people saw others expressing themselves in the arts they said, "I think I could do that…" and a whole crop of people began to identify themselves as artists and musicians.  We had created a scene of creative people who began to interact with each other and collaborate on some fun projects.

In 1996 my sister and I opened the Red Rooster Coffee House in Aberdeen SD.  We wanted it to be a place where everyone is welcome and I wanted to make sure there was a place for musicians to perform and gallery space for artist to exhibit their works.

 

Red Rooster Website

We decided to reach out to the high school age kids who were hanging out downtown and started a weekly gathering called "Chat n Chew."  Every Thursday a group of about 15-30 kids gathered and the only agenda was to feed the crew and to have conversation.  This became a very good time of community building and became a very important time for these young people to connect with other.

I had spoken to some guys about my vision for community including community housing and eventually a group of guys moved into one of the apartment buildings I managed.  There were three apartments but they moved into it as one house with the purpose of living together and supporting each other.

The group became known for the unique bicycle creations they made.  Double and triple tall, double wide or chopper style and a few were just weird.

A wave of collaborating with music, film, art, sculpture etc. began and the group became prolific creators.

We threw Art & Music parties in the yard with The shed full of art supplies, and murals to paint all over the yard, a stage for bands and another for acoustic music and poetry, there was free food and always some crazy games.

Richie was a guy who had been a regular at the coffee house from the beginning.  He was a very friendly guy who had a mental disability.  One day he came to me and asked to speak to me privately.  He said in a passionate tone,  "For the sake of my mother and myself I have to perform on your stage as soon as possible!"  It turned out that he's been playing a Fender guitar in his apartment for years and he wrote his own songs.  He brought a cassette for me to hear his music and it wasn't too bad.  I started to think how cool it will be to help Richie get out of his apartment and into the company of the music scene.

There was a photo of some of us in front of a building that had a big Fallout Sign in the background and one guy said, "Hey, we should call ourselves the Fallout" and it stuck.

I decided we should have a mission for all of this creativity that was happening.  I pitched the idea to the gang to be thinking what our mission could be in order to give us focus for the future.

Soon after that Bruce began share his made up life story.  Made up because he was adopted and doesn't know his story so he created a story based on all of the sci-fi movies he had watched.  In his story his mother was an alien from outer space who came to the earth as a glowing orb and took on human form.  She met a professor who didn't believe in aliens and they fell in love but she kept her true identity a secret.  Eventually the bad aliens came to earth and killed his parents.  He was then adopted by some farm folk and grew up in Langford SD.  He was different than the other kids in his class and the reason was because he is half alien.

And that made me think of what had happened with Bruce.  Bruce is a friend with mental and physical disabilities who has been a regular at the coffee house from day one and would hang out there all day.  Not doing anything, just sitting like a bump on a log listening to conversations.  We finally decided he needed a hobby so someone bought him some paint and some canvases and he produced some really cool "outsider-art" style portraits.  We of course had an art show for his works in the gallery.

 But a bunch or people in the creative scene hopped on board, the story expanded and after a year we had a full length feature film, dubbed Quadman.  With an article on the front page of the newspaper there was buzz all over town.  The premiere, complete with a limo and red carpet, had people lined up down the street waiting to buy tickets.  We actually sold out every seat in the coffee house an hour before the film started and had to turn people away because there was no more room.   QUADMAN TRAILER

I thought this was a cool story so I told him to write it out and we'd make it into a book.  He brought me a page each day and I started compiling it but one day he came in with a video camera he had received for his birthday.  I said, "Let's make a movie about your story!"  So we immediately grabbed some plastic spoons and forks, colored them with markers, hung them from wire and created some space ships.  We started the first scenes that night and thought we would have a fun little film to show our friends in about a week.

In the meantime Bruce's counselor, job coach and others who assisted him were saying, "What's going on with this guy?  His work is better, his behavior is better, his interaction with others has greatly improved…"  And it turns out that if you help a guy come out of isolation into community and you give him the chance to creatively express himself that it benefits him in a holistic way.

One of the people who didn't get a ticket on time was a guy named Tom Black.  According to Tom, he looked through the window and saw all of the people and a light went on.  The popularity of Quadman inspired him to start the annual Fischgaard film competition where teams (as many as 20 teams from around the area) make and screen a film in a weekend.  This event went so well that Tom went on to create the South Dakota Film Festival which brings in films form all over as well as celebrities like Kevin Costner,  Molly Ringwald and the guy who created Napolean Dynomite.  All of that from the spark of helping a guy's story come to life.

We were already including "at-risk youth" and "the elderly" (although we didn't label them as such, we just called them "friends") at our events and projects as well as a few people with disabilities.  A couple of the Fallout members worked at Aspire (a support provider for people with developmental disabilities) so they brought some of the people supported to our events.  They kept coming and naturally became weaved into the community, being creative alongside the rest of us.

So I was thinking about all of this as I was talking to Richie and the light went on.  What if that is our mission?  What if we are to be intentional about finding people who are isolated from creativity for any reason and we embrace them and include them in the community?

Everybody agreed that "of course that's our mission!"  We were already doing that to some degree but now we would be aware of it and more intentional about doing it.

The grantors encouraged us to share our vision of inclusive arts around the state.  So we took our outdoor art & Music festivals and shrunk it down to fit into a trailer and now hold events around South Dakota that share opportunities to experience hands-on art as well as film, live music and other interactive fun.  The touring group includes Fallout members who have developmental disabilities.  They help setup and manage art stations but also perform live music in the band Better Ride.

Jason is a musician who performed at the coffee house and also worked for an organization that provided support to people with developmental disabilities.  He pointed us in the direction of the SD Council on Developmental Disabilities which provided grants that allowed us to start a weekly art & music night, two annual outdoor art & music festivals and provide many opportunities for people of all abilities to get involved with film production, writing, visual arts, event planning, music production etc.

The Fallout continues to attract people of all ages and abilities, seasoned artists & musicians as well as those just getting started, film makers, writers and people who don't even feel like they have a creative bone in their body (they do, they just don't realize it yet) to form friendships, build community and create art and a more beautiful world.

Better Ride started in 2010 when the Fallout started a month long writing project that was designed to include people with developmental disabilities.  After the month was done no one wanted to quit so we kept writing.  We had gathered into groups to write lyrics and after a few good songs were written someone asked, "who should sing these songs?" and we decided it should be us.  So we started performing at open mic nights and eventually we were asked to perform with other acts,  at conferences, conventions and other events big and small.

in the news

We really appreciate it when someone wants to tell the Fallout story to the masses.

April 2016

Fallout Director, Dan Cleberg receives

Service To Mankind Award

Aberdeen American News

Aberdeen Sertoma Club Newsletter

October 2014

The Fallout receives the

Governor's Award for Distinguished Service

Aberdeen American News

SD Department of Human Services

September 2014

Radio Interview with Dan Cleberg

Dakota Broadcasting

September 2013

Fallout Festival Photo Gallery

South Dakota Magazine

December 2011

Quadman saves aberdeen

South Dakota Magazine