The National Poster Retrospecticus is a collection of hand printed event posters from artists, designers, and events around the country. Last year marked the first year of the show and it was hosted at Lincoln Arts Project in Waltham, MA. It featured over 150 posters from more than 50 artists, and the show was a huge success. Almost immediately we realized we wanted to do the show again, and we knew we'd have to do it BIGGER with more artists, more posters, and most importantly -- more places. The National Poster Retrospecticus Tour was born...
In April of 2013 we'll be taking this tour on the road to seven different cities, returning home to an extended show in Boston. We'll be driving the posters around, setting up the show for a one night event in each city, taking it down and moving on to the next one!
Burlington, VT - April 3
Rochester, NY - April 6
Detroit, MI - April 10
Minneapolis, MN - April 13
St. Louis, MO - April 16
Richmond, VA - April 20
Boston, MA - May 3
The show this year will feature over 300 posters from more 75 different artists, nearly doubling the size of last years show -- and will include work from such Amazing Artists as Daniel Danger, Aaron Draplin, Dan McCarthy, Aesthetic Apparatus and TONS more.
BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
This is the first year of the tour and we have a lot of costs to cover to get the tour going, as we are hoping to make it an annual event and go to even more cities the next year (Hawaii? Alaska?? Deep South??? West Coast????). There are transportation costs, including the vehicle, gas, tolls, and building the travel cases to carry close to 10,000 posters (including the back stock), insurance on the posters, shipping, promotion, and cataloging the tour -- plus a lot more and it's adding up. We will need around $20,000 to make it happen, and have set our KickStarter goal as 15,000 to get us started. The more help we get from you -- the more successful the tour will be! After the tour wraps up our goal is only to recover our expenses and make no profit.
The tour happening is the ultimate reward for us, the galleries we get to go to, and the people who get to enjoy the show -- but there also a lot of great rewards you can get for contributing. From NPR merchandise like t-shirts, postcards, stickers, and buttons to a limited edition series of posters made for each stop on the tour to ultimately, owning all 300 posters from the show -- we have you covered. So take a look at the rewards, see what you can get, and help us bring NPR to you!
Risks and challenges
Trying to make the jump from a single gallery event to a national tour is incredibly difficult, and features a lot of logistical problems in trying to coordinate such a task. We feel we are well equipped and excited for the challenge, between the three of us we have a combined experience in planning and hanging gallery shows, promoting events for both art and music, and touring the country with bands. The National Poster Retrospecticus is the ultimate culmination of our experience. We have already secured the galleries in all the cities we are visiting, as well as many of the artists who will be participating. The galleries seemed like the biggest hurdle for us, getting people to sign on to an event that hasn't really happened yet, and with no precedent. Now that the tour definitely has places to go and posters to bring to them, it's about coordinating the details and funding the proper amount so we can make sure it happens. The show at Lincoln Arts Project last year was a huge success, but more importantly it was a huge learning experience -- we've streamlined our database for keeping track of the posters and inventory, and we feel prepared for the organizational upkeep of 7 different shows in 7 different cities over the course of the month. We are very excited about the upcoming challenges, and can really start to feel the tour materializing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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