Art and Society
However, I believe this trend is changing. Another cliché, this time contemporary, deals with the impact of new technology on old industries. The ability to connect with likeminded individuals from around the globe, as opposed to geographically limited regions, has begun to empower the starving artist. The secret lies in our emerging ability to share resources towards common goals. Programs like Kickstarter are making public participation in indie art a very real possibility, in some cases incubating projects which rival major studio productions. But while most people have heard of Kickstarter, there is much more going on behind the scenes of this resurgence of “local” art.
Often wedded with an environmental or social justice consciousness, these programs are successful largely because they drive individual investment in community outcomes. Motivated both by artistic sensibilities and a mutual understanding of the vital contribution the arts make to society, participants and project leaders work together to develop, fund, maintain, and promote these endeavors for public benefit.
Themed event creators Gemini and Scorpio are tapping the power of Kickstater to raise both funding and community sweat-equity for an upgrade to their New York City venue. Concerned about the diminishing availability of affordable underground arts spaces in the city, Gemini and Scorpio are building their own. And, they’re using Kickstarter to raise the resources they need to pull off the project. Rather than attempt to replicate their story here, I’m simply recommending that you check out their project for yourself.
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