January 16, 2014 | By Jane Lavino
Last week I got a call from a high school student in a tiny Wyoming town about an interesting project. Jena is seeking financial support to build a four foot tall sculptural eagle head (the mascot of her school) out of Lego blocks. She had already outlined her idea, listed the materials needed, and researched the cost.
I told Jena she should make a film about her project, register at an online fundraising site and go for it! Most people have heard of Kickstarter, one of the most popular fundraising platforms on the web, but there are many other platforms that might be even more appropriate for certain projects. If people like your project, they can pledge any amount of money to make it happen. Check out this link to learn more about online options for funding creative educational projects.
Currently in Jackson Hole, WY there is an interesting crowdfunded initiative called “Community Supported Art.” Interested collectors can purchase a share and in return receive a “harvest” of locally produced artwork at intervals through the summer of 2014. Take a look and get inspired!
Jane Lavino, Sugden Family Curator of Education & Exhibits