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The Winnebago Workshop is an art school on wheels that pairs artists with teens to create multimedia stories. Free to all students.
The Winnebago Workshop is an art school on wheels that pairs artists with teens to create multimedia stories. Free to all students.
596 backers pledged $66,424 to help bring this project to life.

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With the Winnebago Workshop, we want to show teens how they can venture out into the world and creatively engage with the people and places around them.

Our first goal is to discover and recruit a crackerjack collection of teen artists. We will connect with local teachers, artists and community organizers to scout for a diverse selection of young visual storytellers of all disciplines.

Our second goal is to create a mobile learning environment. By converting an old RV into an art school on wheels, we plan to make the world our classroom. Along with the LBM team, we’ll regularly bring in (or pick up!) successful artists and mentors to work closely with the participants.

Our final goal is to engage with the broader community. We want to show how students can give back to the community through storytelling. In each area we visit, we’ll create public "pop-up" events such as slideshows of the students' work projected on the side of the RV.

Who is Alec Soth & what is Little Brown Mushroom?

Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minnesota. He has published over 25 books and has had more than 50 solo exhibitions. In 2015 The Guardian newspaper in England called him “the most important visual chronicler of the US at work today.”

In 2008, Alec Soth created Little Brown Mushroom as a sandbox to experiment with visual storytelling. In the last seven years he’s collaborated with a diverse group of artists and writers on numerous award-winning publications and the successful (and highly publicized) "Summer Camp for Socially Awkward Storytellers."

Why is this important?

To be an artist is to see the world in new ways. To teach an artist is to educate in new ways. With the Winnebago Workshop, we want to help shape the next generation of artists, reshape how art is taught and help more people feel the benefit of an artist’s attention to – and care for – the surrounding world.

Why Kickstarter?

Community. Art enriches the entire community, not just those making it. So we want to let the community enrich itself. With your support, we can make sure the Winnebago Workshop remains free for all students. Kickstarter also enables us to share the progress of the workshop and the art made by the participants with a creative and committed global audience.

What will your contribution support?

With your help, the Winnebago Workshop can keep traveling. Your contribution means that more students will be given free access to more teachers on the road. You will quite literally be fueling the Winnebago Workshop vision. Funding will be matched by the Knight Foundation through its Knight Arts Challenge

Rewards 

Pledge $15 - LBM Coloring Book by Jason Polan and a Winnebago Workshop Sticker
Pledge $15 - LBM Coloring Book by Jason Polan and a Winnebago Workshop Sticker
Pledge $25 - Alec will mail you a hand written postcard
Pledge $25 - Alec will mail you a hand written postcard
Pledge $50 - LBM Bundle
Pledge $50 - LBM Bundle
Pledge $75 - 19 Teens by Alec Soth (Signed)
Pledge $75 - 19 Teens by Alec Soth (Signed)
Pledge $100 - Ping Pong Poster by Alec Soth
Pledge $100 - Ping Pong Poster by Alec Soth
Pledge $500 - Signed, limited-edition 8X10" print by Alec Soth
Pledge $500 - Signed, limited-edition 8X10" print by Alec Soth
Pledge $500 - Alec will take over your Instagram account for a day
Pledge $500 - Alec will take over your Instagram account for a day
Winnebago Workshop Wonderwall
Winnebago Workshop Wonderwall
Pledge $1,000 - Have your own personal workshop with Alec
Pledge $1,000 - Have your own personal workshop with Alec
Pledge $1,500 - Rare Sleeping by the Mississippi Diesel jacket (Signed)
Pledge $1,500 - Rare Sleeping by the Mississippi Diesel jacket (Signed)
Pledge $10,000 - You get to personalize a vanity plate for The Winnebago
Pledge $10,000 - You get to personalize a vanity plate for The Winnebago

Risks and challenges

Little Brown Mushroom has hosted two workshops, one with adults and one with teens, so we're relatively new to education. But we've learned a tremendous amount and know we're onto something great with the Winnebago Workshop.

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    As a thank you for getting involved with the project, you will have your name proudly listed on the project website and Alec will honk the RV's horn for you.

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    LBM Coloring Book by Jason Polan and a Winnebago Workshop Sticker.

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    Alec will mail you a signed and hand written postcard.

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    LBM Bundle Including:

    1) LBM Tote
    2) Personalized Alec Soth Postcard
    3) Winnebago Workshop sticker
    4) LBM Coloring Book by Jason Polan
    5) Such Appetite, a book of photographs and poems by Charlie White and Stephanie Ford.

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    19 Teens by Alec Soth (Signed) - Kickstarter Exclusive Book!

    Inspired by The Winnebago Workshop, Alec selected photographs of teens from his archive. 19 Teens includes pictures from notable bodies of work like Niagara and Last Days of W along with never before seen pictures.

    Edition of 500 (signed). These books will only be available via Kickstarter.

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    Ping Pong Poster by Alec Soth

    A GIANT (76 x 106″) tiled poster by Alec Soth. Once you assemble the 64 individual sheets this nearly nine foot wide image looks less like a poster than a wall-sized mural.

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    Alec will take over your Instagram account for a day (5 posts).

    Alec has an active and engaged Instagram account with 75,000 followers. Get him to post some mobile magic to your feed.

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    Rare Sleeping by the Mississippi Diesel jacket (Signed).

    Sleeping by the Mississippi is probably Alec's best known body of work. Alec didn’t license this Diesel jacket featuring a Sleeping by the Mississippi patch, but the parties have resolved their differences. Now one of these rare, out of production jackets can be yours. A truly odd and exceedingly rare item for your collection.

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    Signed, limited-edition 8x10” print by Alec Soth.

    Danielle, Liverpool. UK. 2004.
    Type-C Print from an 8x10 negative
    Edition of 100

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    More Instagram takeovers.

    Due to popular demand we've added 5 additional Instagram takeovers.

    Alec will take over your Instagram account for a day (5 posts).

    Alec has an active and engaged Instagram account with 75,000 followers. Get him to post some mobile magic to your feed.

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    *NEW REWARD*

    The Winnebago Workshop Wonderwall

    1) Signed limited-edition print by Alec Soth
    2) Ping Pong Poster by Alec Soth
    3) 19 Teens by Alec Soth (Signed)
    4) Postcard personalized by Alec Soth
    5) LBM Coloring Book by Jason Polan
    6) Such Appetite by Charlie White
    7) Winnebago Workshop sticker
    8) LBM tote

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    Have your own personal workshop with Alec.

    Buyers of this reward will spend 2+ hours with Alec either by visiting his studio in Minnesota or via Skype. Discuss the working life of being an artist, have your photographs critiqued, or play ping pong.

    Also included is a signed and personalized copy of Ping Pong Conversations, a book-length interview of Alec Soth by Francesco Zanot.

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    You get to personalize a vanity plate for The Winnebago.

    It's like sponsoring a Nascar if that Nascar went really slow and taught teens and communities about art making.

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Funding period

- (30 days)