National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Dr
Reston VA 20190
I am an artist living near Chicago, IL.
I would like to propose a performance art piece to raise awareness about the issue of the endangered wildcats, particularly the Florida panthers. I am asking for your support and funding for this to be done at your headquarters in Reston, VA.
The idea is to assemble 200 cougars in front of the building to represent that 200 or fewer panthers (also considered a cougar) left in the wild. But, in case you thought I meant LIVE cougars, let me clarify.
I am proposing to have cougars as they have come to mean in popular vernacular. Cougars, as you probably know, are older women who are primarily attracted to and have sex with significantly younger men. They are typically woman 40 years of age or older who exclusively pursue very young men.
The question arises as to, “Does a cougar KNOW she’s a cougar?” Would they be willing to come forward and make it known publicly they are cougars? I would make the criteria that they date men at least ten years younger to qualify for purposes of this art piece.
It is also unclear if the term ‘cougar’ was assigned because of the big-game predatory cat of the same name, or if it alludes to the wearing of animal print clothing by older and more sexually aggressive women; therefore, I would have all the women wear animal prints.
I think it also might be interesting to hire young male strippers to dance at this event, but I would leave that up to your discretion.
I would need funding to pay for the strippers and also the travel expenses of the 200 cougars to VA.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
407 S. Liberty Street
Elgin, IL 60120
Cc: cougar life.com