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Last updated March 29, 2014

The ART|BOX by Docent.co

The Art World Just Got Closer--Get art monthly or quarterly, and earn up to $120 toward an original piece when you back the ART|BOX.

The ART|BOX by Docent.co

The Art World Just Got Closer--Get art monthly or quarterly, and earn up to $120 toward an original piece when you back the ART|BOX.

$1,879
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
43
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, March 29 2014 3:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 29, 2014

About

Build a digital space for the Arts that supports local artists and collaboration within communities.

Why We Created the ART|BOX

The ART|BOX was created to get art to people who want to start collecting. We are bridging the gap between our digital arts community and real life.  Docent.co is about ART for real Life.

What is the ART|CENSUS

The ART|CENSUS is a location-based platform that puts the entire art world at your finger tips. Help us make the ART|CENSUS a reality by backing this project.

The art world is a big, complicated, self-segregating place. We want to make it more intimate and accessible.

  • If you are an art lover there are dozens of discovery platforms, art lists, and eCommerce sites, but not one of them focuses on helping people better navigate the art world as a whole  
  • More importantly there is no site designed to help you sift through the art in your own backyard
  • THE ART|CENSUS is a map-based platform that makes it easier to find artists, art events, and art collectors in your own home town, or anywhere in the world, by putting it all on a map!  Pure and simple.
  • When you sign up for the ART|CENSUS you can subscribe to the ART|BOX.  The ART|BOX helps art lovers learn about art and build meaningful collections of artwork. When you subscribe you'll receive prints, invitations to art events, and promotions from local artists.
  • Register for the ART|CENSUS as an Artists, Art Lover, or Organization
  • Your basic information is added to our map
  • Add a link to your personal website or organization site
  • Use your ART|CENSUS profile to discover local artists, upload work, add events, or order an ART|BOX

 Featuring work by Jennifer Clarke, Tenzin Dehonden, and Stephen Hall

  The ART|BOX is in fact a literal box.  It's delivered to your home monthly or quarterly.  

You'll Receive:

  • Framed or Unframed Prints (Your Choice)
  • Recommendations
  • Invitations to Art Events
  • Information About New Artists
  • And $10 to spend on an original work for every month you're subscribed

Above:

  •  Aunt Naomi II by Neko Sedgwick
  • Auto-Graph by Rachel Heberling
  • The Invasion by Valerie Nelson

There are 2 Subscription Levels:

  • Monthly
  • Quarterly

You can order a framed ART|BOX for $35 or an unframed box for $25.  US shipping and payment to the artist are included in the cost of your ART|BOX. You also earn $10 for every month you're subscribed.

Graphiq UE, White by Emine Ortega

  • Each ART|BOX features an 8x10 inch framed or unframed work of art on archival, museum quality paper 
  • You choose the prints that you want to receive 
  • Monthly subscriptions are delivered every month--You'll get 12 prints and earn $120 to put toward an original each year
  • Quarterly subscriptions are sent every three months--You'll get 4 prints and earn $40 to spend on an original piece
  • Unframed prints come with a 2 inch white border 
  • Framed pieces come with: 

Etna by Anni Maarit

 Anyone, anywhere, who cares about art can join the ART|CENSUS: 

  • Artists
  • Art Lovers
  • Organizations
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • For-Profits Art Companies
  • Museums
  • Curators
  • Art Fairs
  • Art Writers
  • Art Managers
  • Cartoonists
  • Designers
  • Children
  • 3-Toed Sloths

Comic Artists, Illustrators, and Students are often overlooked by art sites but we strongly encourage them to join, it only makes the art world better.  Our end goal is radical inclusion!  

 Work Pictured Above by:

  • Emine Ortega
  • Castro StClair
  • Gel Jamlang

 Over the past 6 months we've accomplished a lot:

  • We've set up a simple eCommerce solution
  • Built personal relationships with artists all over the world
  • And created a basic map and form to gather ART|CENSUS data

But there is still a lot to do!

We Are Seeking $10,000 to:

  • Expand the map functionality to include more robust profiles and real-time updates
  • Build out functionality to let ART|CENSUS users choose the artwork they want to receive in their ART|BOXes
  • Improve the integration of the current Docent.co site with ART|CENSUS and ART|BOX features
  • Provide the functionality that lets artists and organizations manage the work they add to the census

The US Census Bureau estimates that there are more than 2 million artists living and working in the United States.  We think this number is much higher!

We'd like to make ART|CENSUS aggregated location data available to non-profits so that they can show donors and legislators just how important art is to communities far and wide.

Image features: Trustworthy Men by Melody Newcomb and Manic by Gel Jamlang

$15,000 We'll be able to support more robust user profiles and give everyone a set of artist trading cards.

$20,000 We'll be able to expand the events functionality of the ART|CENSUS and give our backers a super sweet ART|BOX t-shirt

$25,000 We'll be able to build a mobile app and give our yearly subscribers an art collector's case for their prints.

$50,000 We'll be able to expand the functionality to let artists upload more work and add support for curators and support for artists to offer hand-signed and numbered ART|BOXes.

We're a motley crew of art lovers and old friends!

  • 1 Experienced Arts Manager 
  • 1 Rockin' Awesome Operations Intern 
  • 2 Art Historians

+An Advisory Board consisting of 1 Communications Expert, 1 Arts Marketing Guru, 1 Security Guy, 1 Database Guy, and 1 Amazing, Patient, Brilliant, Front-End Web Developer

I just want to extend a special thanks to the family and friends who helped us get this far...K. Jean King, you are a saint! Nicole, Michelle, Madhu, Tim, Terryn, and Rob.  Thomas + Roger our first supporters...ALL THE HUGS!

AND an even bigger thanks to all of the artists who joined early on and are letting us use their work in this campaign!  ROCK ON!  #ARTFORREALLIFE

Library 24x24 by Matthew William Robinson

Risks and challenges

-AGGRESSIVE TIMELINES

We've set out some very aggressive development timelines. There is very little slack built into the project timeline. This means if major problems do arise our schedule is likely to get pushed out further.

-ADOPTION

Several aspects of the ART|CENSUS are dependent on widespread adoption. For instance, it will be difficult to offer local events without a sufficient base of users in a geographic location. Additionally it'll be difficult to encourage collaboration between artists without enough people using the system.

-RAPID GROWTH

If people adopt the platform too quickly it will be difficult to manage the increased user-ship because we are a small team.

-MAINTENANCE

We are a small team and depending on how quickly the platform grows it may be difficult to maintain the site on our current budget. Additionally communicating effectively with a large user-base will be difficult without hiring additional resources.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1

    ART CURIOUS: You'll get an early invitation to the ARTICENSUS app and a special location marker indicating you were a Kickstarter supporter.

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    ART ENTHUSIAST:

    You’ll get a thank you postcard featuring work by one of our artists +Early access to the ART|CENSUS app
    +A Special ART|CENSUS designation as a Kickstarter supporter

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    EARLY BIRD:

    You’ll get 1 unframed ART|BOX w/ a limited edition print of your choosing
    +Early access to the app, so you can choose the work you want
    +A Docent.co tote bag
    +A thank you postcard featuring work by one of our artists
    +A Special ART|CENSUS designation as a Kickstarter supporter

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    TATE LOUVRE: For our friends in Europe! You’ll get 1 unframed ART|BOX w/ a limited edition print of your choosing
    +Early access to the app, so you can choose the work you want
    +A Docent.co tote bag
    +A thank you postcard featuring work by one of our artists
    +A Special ART|CENSUS designation as a Kickstarter supporter

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    ART COLLECTOR
    You'll get 1 framed ART|BOX limited edition print of your choosing
    +Early access to the app to choose the piece you want
    + AThank You post card, featuring work by one of Docent.co's artists
    +A Docent.co tote bag
    +A Special ART|CENSUS designation as a Kickstarter supporter
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    FOR THE LOVE OF ART:

    You’ll get 2 unframed ART|BOXes w/ limited edition prints of your choosing, one for you
    and one for your +1 (or Sweetheart).
    +Early access to the app, so you can choose the work you want
    +Early access to the app for your +1
    +A Docent.co tote bag
    +A thank you postcard featuring work by one of our artists, and an email to your giftee
    letting them know that they’re getting art
    +A Special ART|CENSUS designation as a Kickstarter supporter

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    ART LOVER:

    You'll get 1 framed ART|BOX limited edition print of your choosing and 1 unframed limited edition print of your choosing.
    +Early access to the app, to choose the piece you want
    +A Thank You post card, featuring work by one of Docent.co's artists
    +A Docent.co tote bag
    +A Special ART|CENSUS designation as a Kickstarter supporter
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    GALLERY GOER:

    You'll get a one year quarterly framed ART|BOX subscription. (This subscription option, will only be available through KickStarter).
    +Early access to the app to choose the limited edition prints you want to receive
    +A Thank You post card, featuring work by one of Docent.co's artists
    +A Docent.co tote bag
    +A Special ART|CENSUS designation as a Kickstarter supporter
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    CURATOR:

    You'll get a one year ART|BOX subscription with a mix of 6 framed and 6 unframed prints
    +Early access to the app to choose the limited edition prints you want to receive
    +Thank You post card, featuring work by one of Docent.co's artists
    +A Docent.co tote bag
    +A Special ART|CENSUS designation as a Kickstarter supporter
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    DONOR:

    You'll get to choose an original work of art by one of the artists featured on the site
    +An invitation to the Docent.co, Super-Secret, Super-Awesome, ART-ALL-NIGHT, 1 year Anniversary Party
    +1 framed ART|BOX limited edition print of your choosing
    +Early access to the app to choose the pieces you want to receive
    +A Thank You post card, featuring work by one of Docent.co's artists
    +A Docent.co tote bag
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    SPONSOR: You'll get to choose an original work of art by one of the artists featured on the site
    +An invitation to the Docent.co, Super-Secret, Super-Awesome, ART-ALL-NIGHT, 1 year Anniversary Party
    +1 year ART|BOX monthly unframed subscription
    +Early access to the app to choose the pieces you want to receive
    + A Thank You post card, featuring work by one of Docent.co's artists
    + A Docent.co tote bag
    +A Special Silver ART|CENSUS designation as a Kickstarter supporter
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    CO-CREATOR: You'll get to choose an original work of art by one of the artists featured on the site.
    +A painting session in NYC with Docent.co founder Jen Clarke.
    +An Original Painting by Docent.co founder Jen Clarke
    +2 invitations to the Docent.co, Super-Secret, Super-Awesome, ART-ALL-NIGHT, 1 year Anniversary Party
    +1 year framed ART|BOX subscription.
    +Early access to the app to choose the pieces you want to receive
    +A Thank You post card, featuring work by one of Docent.co's artists
    + A Docent.co tote bag
    +A Special Gold ART|CENSUS designation as a Kickstarter supporter
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Funding period

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