HOW TO RAISE A KICKSTARTER
By. Megan Curet
We have all seen it before, time and time again. The fundraiser with no direction and an endless stream of them at that! In a society where budget cuts to the arts are an endless battle, it leaves the responsibility more and more to the artists themselves.
There are always questions of how to raise the money and how to pay the participating artist? Then still manage to create the work. This Spring I decided to attend Raja Feather Kelly’s live kick-starter telethon. If for nothing more I knew I would do my part in supporting the arts and have a great time with other artist. However, what I experienced upon my arrival was beyond expectations.
Therefore it is no surprise that The Feath3r Theory surpassed their initial goal of $5,000.00 by an extra $2,740.00. I was so impressed by the excitement of the event, the work and effort placed into really raising funds for arts, that I decided to compile a list of what worked in hopes to inspire the next wave of kick-starter goers to go the extra mile.
Upon entrance to the multi colored Park Slope apartment, which matched the exact color trend often, used in Kelly’s Warhol inspired choreography. There awaited colorful snacks, treats, and post card memorabilia’s for the taking. After, Kelly had guest performers in DRAG, and vocalist, perform for the live audience keeping up with the celebrations from across the country.
Home cooked food for the guest was also paired with custom-made cocktails at the bar, a guest chef in heals, and a bartender with silver nail polish to match the wallpaper. The answer is yes; all of this took place in the span of 24 hours.
Music played on, karaoke was sung and guest began to flood in all throughout the evening. In a proper Warhol style factory den, Kelly wallpapered an entire room in aluminum foil. A professional photographer set up booth, snapping fun shots of the guest while they sipped on their pink colored cocktails.
The telethon for Another Fucking Warhol Production went on 24 hours straight. I myself had to leave the party early but festivities were in full swing by 9pm.
So it’s simple, if you want to ask for money put some effort into your fundraiser. Don’t just leave it up to some leaps and jumps on a video. Engage your audience. Plan an event, ask friends to join and help, make it fun and exciting. If you expect people to give you their hard earned money, really prove the art is here for them, from the beginning. The Feath3r Theory’s First Fucking Telethon was surely one clever approach.