sculpture artist and founder of Wearskate Jewelry, a Brooklyn-based line that launched in November. Wearskate repurposes used skateboards, found wood, and metal to create small sculptures and jewelry. Wearskate was created with the idea that one day it would be able to give back to the community and become the sole funder of an all girls skateboarding summer program. Wearskate is in it's infancy and still building momentum so I've decided to create a kickstarter with the goal of providing the financial foundation for the 2015 summer skate program. I am working in coordination with Girls Riders Organization (GRO), and Homage Skateboards to provide skateboards, safety gear, and a week of skateboarding instruction for New York City girls, ages 6-11, who could not otherwise afford it.
Classes will be taught by women who understand the girls' challenges and their community. The instructors will focus on safety, technique, positive community building and healthy self-image. The inspiration for the program was born while I was collecting broken skateboards to create sculpture and jewelry. While watching kids skate, it occurred to me that there were never any girls skating. Growing up, I played sports and understand firsthand the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of being active and belonging to a team or community. That’s why this program will focus heavily on healthy self-image and community creation.
Bitter in South Side Seaport and Art & Artist in Brooklyn and also is available on Etsy and wearskatejewelry.com. Wearskate will be attending many of the New York art and craft fairs in hopes of marketing and selling to create enough funds for the girls skate program for the summer of 2016.
To reach this goal I'm hoping to raise $6,000 to provide a foundation to start the program, however the more money raised through this kickstarter the more girls we can accept into the program this summer and the larger the female skating community will become. The funds break down like this:
1. Classes- $650 per girl x 5= $3,250
2. Skateboards- $40 per board x5 = $200
3. Safety gear - $25 per girl x5 = $125
4. Shipping product for funder and Kickstarted 5% = $385
5. Studio cost - $340 per month through December x6 = $2040
The workspace and materials costs are already paid for out-of-pocket, but adding that into my Kickstarter would allow me to focus solely on creating jewelry and marketing. The long term goal is for Wearskate jewelry to be the sole funder for this girls skateboarding program. I will do this by networking in as many cities as possible and making sure the jewelry is sold in local Brooklyn stores, ar fairs, and online. By giving to this Kickstarter you are supporting women in the arts, in sports, and in teaching and aiding in the creation of a positive athletic community for young girls.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge that this program will face is finding girls that live near one another. Brooklyn is huge and once the program is over the girls will be more likely to keep skating if they have a community of girls to skate with. Finding girls that live in close proximity to each other is very important to the prolonged benefit of this program.
I plan to troubleshoot this by advertising my program through local community centers and schools. I have also been in contact with local Brooklyn-based programs already in place that are interested in being part of this camp and adding a week of arts and crafts, giving the girls the opportunity to design and paint their own boards.
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