Amplify Art!: A New Way to Support Arts and Culture in NEI
Oct09

Amplify Art!: A New Way to Support Arts and Culture in NEI

Hi. Can I just say something? I love Fort Wayne (this is my favorite picture I’ve ever taken).   If you know me, you already knew that. In fact, if you know only ONE THING about me, it’s probably that. Since I moved here in 2011, it’s continued to grow on me. One of the reasons I’m so passionate about our city is that I’ve seen and experienced a sense of community that I hadn’t experienced in my hometown. This may be due to what I call the “hometown epidemic,” you know, the whole “I can’t wait to get out of this town” that most adolescents experience. But my “hometown epidemic” blinders are off, and I’m here to stay in Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne is rich in so many different communities. But we’re here to talk about my favorite: arts and culture. This month, Arts United launched a new crowdfunding platform called Amplify Art! So, what exactly is a crowdfunding platform, and why did Arts United create it? Well… Crowdfunding is a new approach to raising money – and it’s directed at all of us Internet users that care about the place we live. Instead of chasing those hundreds of thousands of dollars from big corporations or foundations, someone one day stopped and said, “Hey… We have this tool that lets us reach millions of people in a matter of seconds. Why don’t we not only use this tool to raise money, but let those people who have an investment in what we do have a voice?” And thus, crowdfunding was born. Arts United created Amplify Art! as a way to help our local arts and culture organizations ramp up the amount of projects that are done in our community and to get the people of the community involved, giving you the opportunity to help make projects that otherwise might not happen HAPPEN! Here’s how projects were chosen and what the process is for this crowdfunding campaign: 1. Arts United invited arts and culture organizations in Fort Wayne to submit project proposals for their Amplify Art! program. 2. A group of super cool talented people got together and reviewed all of the applications and chose four for this Fall campaign cycle. The four projects chosen were automatically given a grant of $1,000 toward their project. 3. Arts United built the online platform on their website where you can actually go online and donate. 4. The four projects were announced to the community at the final Living Fort Wayne Film Series on September 26. The organizations whose projects were chosen are channeling social media to spread the word about their projects –...

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