Can an Art Studio Change the World?
Organized by: Trevor O'Dell
The Project: Being an artist is rewarding, but it's also expensive. I have spent thousands of dollars on art supplies in the course of my career, but it just isn't enough. I'm sure you've been there--but I want to make sure you don't have to stay there, so we're going to pool our resources and work together. The Watermelon Artist (http://facebook.com/fruitlikeyouveneverseenitbefore) is starting a multidisciplinary art studio, then expanding that into an "Open Studio" where local artists can pay a small "Studio Membership" and have access to the tools that will allow them to supercharge their creative abilities without having to break the bank individually on all of those tools. They will also be able to work shoulder-to-shoulder with other amazing artists, developing that "Artistic Synergy" that makes creating beautiful things such a rewarding career. But most importantly, they will learn how to turn the art they love into the income they need--and make the whole world more beautiful for it.
- If we raise $5,000: That will fund the relocation and establishing the studio in the most basic sense possible. It won't be pretty, but it will be a start. Results-wise, this puts me where I can build and deliver the stained-glass windows that I will be contracted for, but with basic tools, and in a space that will be pretty comparable to the average garage. In other words, I won't be able to share the love much...yet.
- If we raise $10,000: We will be able to fund better equipment and possibly even a better location. In terms of results, this means that windows will be completed 20-30% faster--which gives me enough time to train other artists to assist in the effort and join me in making what we're worth as artists. It also means opening up the option of sandcarving glass (3-D designs etched into glass), and maybe even the creation of bevels and prisms to class up the operation. (remember that everything our studio can do that isn't common is one more thing that artists can be paid what they're actually worth for)
- If we go beyond that: I want to have rooms or even multi-room accommodations available for helping artists from outside the area to take advantage of the opportunity as well. Every penny will be used to help build the capabilities of the studio and unlock opportunities for growth and development for the artists at work there.
Update: After praying for support in this goal (God had promised things would work out), within a few hours I found out about a woman who desperately needed to get rid of some stained glass "stuff." There is about $1200 worth of the equipment I needed among this "stuff." I paid $120 for it.
So whatever the page may say about project funding level, we're actually above 20% already!