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Hire an artist to paint a vent pipe in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska to brighten the streetscape of this subarctic city.
42 backers pledged $2,363 to help bring this project to life.

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Art in the Heart: Paint the Pipes is the first public art project of the Downtown Association of Fairbanks Community Services, an urban renewal nonprofit located in the far north. This project will provide opportunities for artists to create work that contributes to the vitality of the streetscape and enhances the urban experience. 

It's all about building a better, brighter, and more vibrant downtown in the urban "heart" of Alaska!

We're raising money to pay artists a $300 stipend to paint white vent pipes scattered throughout downtown Fairbanks in the designs and colors of their choice (no theme), as well as to cover the cost of supplies and advertising.

We see these white pipes as the perfect canvas.They provide air exchange (like having a window open) for the utilidor below the streets and buildings of downtown and have long blended into the built environment.

This Kickstarter campaign will allow individuals the chance to make their mark on the streetscape of downtown Fairbanks. All contributions will fund the completion of one vent pipe- which means your money will directly help us to hire a local artist to complete this project by summer's end. 

In return, you stand to earn some fabulous Art in the Heart rewards including Downtown Market tokens, limited edition t-shirts, YOUR NAME ON THE PIPE, a framed photo of the completed project, and even a private dinner with project organizers and the chosen artist. 

Full project details (including an application for artists) are available on our website and you can find the Downtown Association of Fairbanks on Facebook and Twitter. We also have a map of pipe locations. We ♥ comments and suggestions- so please share!

THANK YOU SO MUCH! And we'll see you on the streets!

Sneak peek at a pipe in the works on 2nd Avenue in downtown Fairbanks, AK.
Sneak peek at a pipe in the works on 2nd Avenue in downtown Fairbanks, AK.
This pipe needs your help!
This pipe needs your help!
Nikki of Gallery 49 (published by Fairbanks Daily News-Miner) works on a "trial run" to see how much time and paint each pipe will require.
Nikki of Gallery 49 (published by Fairbanks Daily News-Miner) works on a "trial run" to see how much time and paint each pipe will require.
The canvas! Here's one of the 19 vent pipes that stand in downtown Fairbanks.
The canvas! Here's one of the 19 vent pipes that stand in downtown Fairbanks.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    You'll receive $1 in credit at the 2012 Downtown Market, held on Mondays from 4-8PM in Golden Heart Plaza. You'll be able to spend your newfound wealth on all the fresh veggies, handmade soaps, and watercolor prints that $1 can buy.
    PLUS- a big thank you from us!

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    ALL OF THE ABOVE REWARDS
    PLUS your name will be mentioned on downtownfairbanks.com and social media accounts to demonstrate your commitment to the arts of Interior, Alaska!

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE REWARDS
    PLUS your name will be printed on a wrap around the completed pipe to demonstrate your support for the arts of Interior, Alaska!

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    ALL OF THE ABOVE REWARDS
    PLUS you'll receive a limited edition "Art in the Heart: Paint the Pipes" t-shirt with the location of the project "Downtown Fairbanks" and snazzy logo

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    ALL OF THE ABOVE REWARDS
    PLUS you'll receive a framed glossy 8x10 photograph of your completed pipe in all of its magnificence
    AND you'll receive a personal THANK YOU note from the chosen artist, including his or her statement about the finished work

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    ALL OF THE ABOVE REWARDS
    PLUS you'll be invited to join the featured artist and project staff for dinner in downtown Fairbanks (if you're a local) OR you'll receive an original piece of Alaskan artwork purchased from a nearby gallery

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    ALL OF THE ABOVE REWARDS
    PLUS you'll be publicly recognized at the official unveiling, set for September 24th, as a major sponsor for the project and acknowledged by name on all press releases, website posts, and related material
    AND we'll give you a tour of the finished pipes (if you're a local) OR send you a photo collage of all the pipes in the completed project

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Funding period

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