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Next Stop: Democracy! is hiring local artists and makers to inspire celebration and participation on Election Day.
Next Stop: Democracy! is hiring local artists and makers to inspire celebration and participation on Election Day.
301 backers pledged $15,388 to help bring this project to life.

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[AUGUST 3rd - SCROLL DOWN FOR NEW INCENTIVES AND UPDATES] 

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A NEW LOOK FOR ELECTION DAY!

“Next Stop: Democracy!” is a brand new, Philly-based voter engagement project that’s asking one simple question: Can a celebratory, citywide public art exhibition on Election Day help increase voter turnout in Philadelphia?

Nosego
Nosego

We aim to answer that question this November 3rd by hiring 60 area artists to create 60 “Vote Here” signs to be installed in multiple polling locations across Philadelphia. If our creative intervention works, we plan on rolling out similar projects in cities across the US!

Isaiah Zagar
Isaiah Zagar

Some of the amazing – and downright legendary – artists we’ve recruited to create signs include Isaiah Zagar, Gaia, Ishknits, and NoseGo...and we’ll be announcing more as the weeks go on!

Gaia
Gaia

But we don't want to use cheap, plastic signs that we order off the Internet. This is why we need YOU. To do this right, we want to honor our artists and offer them locally made, reliable, and durable canvases. That's where Darla comes in!

Darla from the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
Darla from the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym

Darla runs the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, and she’s ready to build us sign frames that will be functional and beautiful. But these high-quality wooden signs are more expensive than the mass-produced plastic ones.

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
Philadelphia Sculpture Gym

We're committed to growing the creative and maker community in Philadelphia. We want to fund locally made, quality signs, but we need your support to do it!

Quality canvas for inspired artists
Quality canvas for inspired artists

With your donation, we’re one BIG step closer to reimagining Election Day in Philadelphia, and to inspiring Philadelphians to go to their polls.

Inspired voting.
Inspired voting.

If you, like us, know that the best of all futures for Philadelphia starts with a creative, civically engaged citizenry, please consider making a donation and then sharing this project on social media.

THANK YOU!

Creative civic engagement.
Creative civic engagement.

[UPDATE AUGUST 3rd - NEW INCENTIVES!]

$75 - LIMITED EDITION 8" x 12" PHOTO OF ISAIAH ZAGAR, AUTOGRAPHED BY THE ARTISTS

KICKSTARTER ONLY! Taken by Conrad Benner, founder of Streets Dept, this numbered portrait will be limited to 60 prints, never to be printed again, and autographed by both Isaiah Zagar and Conrad Benner. 

Limited Edition - Never to Be Printed Again!
Limited Edition - Never to Be Printed Again!

$500 - CUSTOM, ONE-OF-A-KIND WOOD TURNED BOWL BY LOCAL ARTIST RON PIROLLO

Looking for that perfect accent piece? Need a totally unique gift for Mom? Here's your chance! Local artist Ron Pirollo will make you a customized wood-turned bowl. You choose the wood, the style, and the design. 

Just an example...your bowl will be completely unique!
Just an example...your bowl will be completely unique!

$3000 - TAKE HOME A SIGN

We immediately gave our prototype sign to our partnering gallery, the wonderful Paradigm Gallery + Studio, and their #HAHAxPara visiting artist, Sophie Roach! And as you can see below, it’s an AMAZING sign of what’s to come…

One-of-a-Kind Artwork by Sophie Roach
One-of-a-Kind Artwork by Sophie Roach

This is just one of the 55 signs YOU could take home when you back us! Signs are claimed on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't wait another minute to get yours. 

$5000 - TAKE HOME A SIGN BY ISAIAH ZAGAR, NOSEGO, OR GAIA

These three artists are downright legendary. Their art is created and shown all over the world, and we are honored to have them involved in Next Stop: Democracy!

Sign by Isaiah Zagar
Sign by Isaiah Zagar

We've got some sneak peeks at the signs YOU could be taking home after Election Day. Aren't they amazing?

Sign by Gaia
Sign by Gaia

These are completely original, never-again-to-be-replicated works of art. Don't sleep on getting a collector's item for supporting social impact!

Risks and challenges

We believe one of our biggest risks are on the theft of the signs. But we are procuring locks and are working with local partners to monitor the signs when on site.

But the biggest risk of all is the continuing decline in voter turnout. Only 27% of Philadelphian's turned out in the 2015 Mayoral primary. That's down from 34%. Our proposed solution...Next Stop: Democracy!

There is relatively no data on art interventions around voter engagement. Even if the idea of signs is not the answer, we will have data collected from UPenn research team to begin building a body of research to inform future art intervention practitioners.

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    THE FOUNDERS CIRCLE - Welcome to the circle! Get sneak-peek project updates and a backer-exclusive gift: Miss Lansie Sylvia, Founder of NSD, will “sing your praises” via an Instagram video from the NSD account.

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    AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH - Get an original photo of iconic Philly street art, signed by photographer Conrad Benner, founder of StreetsDept.com! Plus, receive digital updates from our campaign.

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    AMA WITH STREETSDEPT - Join an exclusive AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Conrad Benner, founder of @StreetsDept and one of Philadelphia’s most famous Instagrammers (151,000 followers and counting.) What are his top tips for growing a strong Instagram following? What's his most memorable abandoned exploration? Who's his favorite up-and-coming street artist? Now’s your chance to ask! Plus, receive digital updates from our campaign.

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    [NEW REWARD] KICKSTARTER ONLY: ISAIAH ZAGAR AUTOGRAPHED PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH - World renowned mosaic artist, Isaiah Zagar releases signed photograph of himself working on his "Vote Here" sign. 60 total, the numbered 8x12 photographs will also be signed by photographer Conrad Benner, founder of StreetsDept.com!

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    [NEW REWARD] ENTER THE GARDEN - Get a Duel Membership to the Philadelphia Magic Gardens offering a little behind the scenes access to the mosaic wonderland. BONUS - Signed copy of Conrad Benner StreetArt Print! It's TOOFER!

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    KID HAZO VOICEMAIL – Famed Philly street artist Kid Hazo, who is totally anonymous, will leave your outgoing voice mail message in his trademark robotic voice. Plus, receive digital updates from our campaign.

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    A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM – Get an exclusive after-hours tour at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Guided by an Exhibit Creator, you’ll learn the secret history of famous artworks, plus have the museum all to yourself. Plus, receive digital updates from our campaign.

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    THE INSIDER'S TOUR – Be the first to see all 60 signs out in the wild on Election Day. Lead by Conrad Benner, founder of @StreetsDept (and one of Philadelphia’s most famous Instagrammers,) this will be a one-of-a-kind tour to see the NSD signs plus the hidden gems of Philly’s street art scene. Plus, receive digital updates from our campaign.

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    THE INSIDER'S DINNER – Dine and Drink with internationally-renowned street artists during this invite-only dinner party. Hosted by Conrad Benner from @StreetsDept and the Staff of NSD, you’ll enjoy intimate conversation and delectable nibbles. Plus, receive digital updates from our campaign.

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    A STAR IS BORN – You’ll be a featured guest in the NSD documentary. Get interviewed on-camera about why you are committed to this project and give feedback on voting, public act, and the election process. Plus, receive digital updates from our campaign.

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    [NEW REWARD] TURN THAT WOOD - Local wood turner, Ron Pirollo, will turn a custom bowl for one lucky contributor!

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    TAKE HOME A SIGN – Be part of history. After Election Day, take home one of NSD’s 60 signs, a completely original artwork created by famed Philly artists like Kid Hazo, Ishknits, Old Broads, and more. You can select the artist on a first come, first served basis. Excludes Gaia, Nosego, and Isaiah Zagar. Plus, receive digital updates from our campaign.

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    TAKE HOME A SIGN (GAIA, NOSEGO, ISAIAH ZAGAR) – Be part of history. After Election Day, take home one of NSD's signs created by internationally-recognized artists Gaia, NoseGo, or Isaiah Zagar. You can select the artist on a first come, first served basis. Plus, receive digital updates from our campaign.

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