We've reached our initial goal....but we still need your support!
Thanks to everyone who has pledged so far! NPC's first Kickstarter campaign has been a great success, and the mural project is cruising along. Though we've obtained our initial goal of $850, we are now very eager to reach our STRETCH GOALS!
STRETCH GOAL #1: $1,350
If we raise a total of $1,350, NPC will increase the size of the project by creating four additional youth inspired mural elements for the Warner Park Beach House. One of the additional elements is a Sandhill Crane in flight, to be installed on the shelter wall that faces Woodward Drive.
STRETCH GOAL #2: $2,000
If we raise a total of $2,000, NPC can start a fund for future public art projects to be completed on Madison's northside.
The Warner Park Beach shelter will be enhanced and revitalized through a mural project that engages Madison's Northside youth and teens. Participants will increase communication skills, artistic expression, and technical art abilities, all while beautifying one of Madison's public beaches.
Northside youth ages 11-15 will be the primary mural designers and painters. They will learn essential communication and collaboration skills in the development of a cohesive, community-centered mural design. They will undertake community research through interviews and place-specific sketching. The sketching and painting sessions will teach technical art and design skills.
About the Project
The kernel idea for this mural project began in 2009 when Madison's Northside Planning Council pulled together a group of residents to identify strategies and projects to enhance Northside public spaces and business districts through public art and landscaping. With facilitation support from Karin Wolf, Arts Program Administrator of the Madison Arts Commission, a design charrette was held, where community members identified several project ideas and locations.
In 2012, an official city committee was formed and graphic artist Daniella Echeverria was hired to design a series of images to help lend a sense of place to the Northside. The newly installed (November 2013) bus shelters are recent examples of many upcoming neighborhood projects to feature these images.
How we'll use the funds
The main costs associated with this inclusive community project will be the materials (mural panels/substrates, paints, etc.) and the hands-on facilitation and design of the project with local youth.
Northside resident and teaching artist Alexis London will facilitate the project. Alexis has a master’s degree in Art Education from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as ten years experience designing and coordinating arts programming in Madison.
Graphic artist Daniella Echeverria will assist with the design sessions. Daniella’s series of Northside branding images will be used as an inspiration for the mural’s design.
In the Press
Lindsay Christians of Madison's Capital Times recently wrote an excellent article on this project:
Middle schoolers' designs to brighten a neglected north side beach house
"Hayes and Skidmore are two of about eight middle schoolers who are helping create a new mural for the north side, part of a Middle School Summer Day Camp at Kennedy Heights."
Risks and challenges
In addition to the funds we anticipate securing through this Kickstarter campaign, we have received a matching grant from the Madison Arts Commission for the amount of $1,000. If we do not reach our $850 Kickstarter goal, we are required to return the Madison Arts Commission funds. Because we feel this project is an important opportunity for our Northside youth, enabling them to employ new technical art and design skills, learn to communicate with their peers and adults, and collaborate on a youth-driven community art project, we hope, with your help, that we can secure the funds necessary to complete this project.
Also, these Kickstarter contributions will enable the project to offer some very attractive hand-crafted incentives to help 'bootstrap' the project to a successful completion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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