How are today’s visual artists making a living?

Announcing a new study on the financial stability of visual artists by The Creative Independent.

Back in 2016, Kickstarter launched The Creative Independent as a resource of emotional and practical guidance for all kinds of creative people. Since then, we’ve published interviews, how-to guides, and essays from more than 430 working artists—including writers, filmmakers, dancers, designers, musicians, poets, and more. We’ve used each conversation as an opportunity to learn about the issues faced by independent creators today, and to gather wisdom on dealing with things like creative anxiety, burnout, and sharing your work.

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Voici Bold Type, un éloge de la typographie française

Photo by Lauren Renner
Photo by Lauren Renner

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Avis à tous les créateurs de caractères : Kickstarter et étapes: s’associent à l’occasion de Bold Type, un éloge de la typographie française.

Que vous soyez artiste, graphiste ou amateur de polices de caractères, si vous êtes basé en France, vous êtes invité à participer avec un projet Kickstarter sur le thème de la typographie lancé entre le 1er septembre et le 31 octobre. Nouveautés, témoignages de créateurs et travaux typographiques seront mis en avant dans nos communautés du monde entier.

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FOR FREEDOMS and Kickstarter Launch a Campaign for the Largest Creative Collaboration in U.S. History

For Freedoms co-founders Eric Gottesman and Hank Willis Thomas
For Freedoms co-founders Eric Gottesman and Hank Willis Thomas

Seven months ago, the artist Hank Willis Thomas came to Kickstarter and shared an idea with me. It seemed extraordinary—even unbelievable. He and his team at For Freedoms wanted to create one of the largest-ever creative collaborations in United States history: a call for cultural and civic action that would take place in every single state. Communities would choose their mode of participation—a billboard, town hall meeting, or special exhibition—but their goal would be singular: to create art across the country that would spark honest dialogue and reflection about issues that affect them.

Today, on Kickstarter, For Freedoms seeks support for the billboard portion of this initiative. Fifty-two projects will be launched, simultaneously, across 50 states (as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico), to commission artists and secure the reproduction of their work on 52 billboards. Individual communities will make these billboards come to life through local programming and discussion, but because the projects also have a home on Kickstarter, their reach—and their success—rely on people across the globe.

"With Democracy in the Balance There Is Only One Choice" by artist Carrie Mae Weems in Columbus, Ohio. For Freedoms, 2016
"With Democracy in the Balance There Is Only One Choice" by artist Carrie Mae Weems in Columbus, Ohio. For Freedoms, 2016
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Welcoming Camilla Zhang to Kickstarter’s Publishing & Comics Team

Today we’re excited to announce that Camilla Zhang has joined Kickstarter as Comics Outreach Lead. As a creator herself, Camilla’s work has been published by Top Cow, Reading with Pictures, and Crossed Genres. She’s also worked with Marvel, Mad Cave, Reading with Pictures, and DC Comics, where she helped edit the entire Before Watchmen series, Batman: Black & White Vol. 4, Batman: Death by Design, and Batman: Noël. And last year, she was selected to be in Marjorie Liu’s Genre Fiction workshop at VONA, an organization for writers of color.

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New: Watch for the Hardware Studio Badge on Projects

Last year we announced Hardware Studio, an initiative from Kickstarter, Avnet, and Dragon Innovation that helps hardware creators get ready for manufacturing. A major part of that effort is Hardware Studio Connection, which allows qualified creators to get one-on-one advice from the electronics and manufacturing experts at Avnet and Dragon.

The Connection program has been a bit under the radar since then, but that’s about to change. After spending months developing their projects with help from the experts, four participants in the program are launching on Kickstarter today.

These projects will stand out in two ways. All participants in Connection will have a “Hardware Studio” badge under their project video:

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Introducing Kickstarter’s New Director of Music — Meredith Graves

Today we’re happy to announce that Meredith Graves joins Kickstarter as our Director of Music. Meredith embodies a spirit of creative independence at the core of Kickstarter. She’s a talented writer who explores music, language, and identity for publications including Pitchfork, SSENSE, and i-D. She’s the founder and frontwoman behind the hardcore punk band Perfect Pussy. She established the independent record label and book publisher Honor Press. And most recently she was an anchor and journalist for MTV News, where she discussed rank-choice voting and Album Generic Flipper with Krist Novoselic, freestyled with Migos, and accidentally became a meme after a particularly Chance encounter with Beyoncé.

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Exploring a “Totally Virtual Ecosystem” with DiMoDA and The Creative Independent

Join the Digital Museum of Digital Art (DiMoDA) for the launch of its third VR-based exhibition with a preview event hosted by The Creative Independent at National Sawdust on Thursday, May 17.

It’s important to understand that virtual reality, augmented reality, and all these other nascent technologies are creating a new world. In this new virtual ecosystem, people are going to be able to experience each other socially, buy things, and even become other things. So since our society is moving in that direction, it’s important to establish good precedents while we have the chance… In a way, that’s the responsibility: to propose alternative views, alternative content, and bring people to the table that would normally not have a seat in writing the future.

— Alfredo Salazar-Caro, co-founder of the Digital Museum of Digital Art (DiMoDA), in an interview with The Creative Independent

Here at Kickstarter, we’re always keen to see how artists and other types of creative people will push the boundaries of new technologies to build the future they want to see. That’s why we’re thrilled that on May 17, artist and DiMoDA co-founder Alfredo Salazar-Caro will be showcasing the third VR-based exhibition he’s produced as the latest installment of an event series from The Creative Independent.

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