What are we?
The St. Claire is a project-based arts organization and online journal based in Philadelphia. The St.Claire's core members are artists committed to examining and engaging our immediate art communities. Since early 2011, our independent journal has been relentlessly probing the Philadelphia art environment. Our site has become the go-to place for artist interviews, exhibition reviews, podcasts, essays, and ideas by the sharpest thinkers Philadelphia has to offer. Over 50 local and national artists have had their voice heard through our publication in just two short years. In addition, we act as a platform for the artists themselves. We publish short works of fiction, poetry, and a CENTERFOLD that has served as an exhibition space for over 13 never-before seen works of digital art by local artists.
Even though we are a digital publication, we bring engaged art players from all over the city to meet, engage, and collaborate. The St.Claire hosts lectures, open community forums, and performance art events. To date, we have collaborated with the Philadelphia ICA, Tyler School of Art, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, FJORD Gallery, BODEGA Gallery, Little Berlin Gallery, and Extra Extra Gallery.
This past winter we participated in Creative Time’s Living as Form exhibition at the Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design. Through the duration of the exhibition we put on a series of 21 free public lectures. These lectures featured artists, curators, historians, and writers presenting what lies just beyond their art practice. For example, an artist spoke about rollerblading, a curator showed off her vintage clothing collection, and a writer demonstrated the art of meditation.
Why does the St.Claire need money and where does the money go?
Since its inception the St.Claire has been completely self-funded by a driven editorial team. We aspire to deliver the best in art journalism and community events regardless of whether or not we raise a single dime. However, today we ask for your support to elevate our organization to the next level and responsibly continue our dedicated mission into the future. 100% of the money we raise will be used to compensate the editors of the publication, the contributors to each issue, and the organizations and venues that we work with for one year. We believe that paying our contributors, collaborators, and editors for their time and energy is the best way to ensure our publication’s quality and longevity. We know that in our effort to make the St.Claire a more sustainable high-quality project, we are also actively cultivating a healthy and vigorous arts community.
Where do you stand?
Remember, all of the money that we will raise goes directly to the artists, writers, and organizations that make our project possible. Your support shows that you are committed to building a sustainable, independently authored artistic culture in Philadelphia. By supporting The St.Claire you become part of the project shaping our city’s dynamic future.
When they write the history of Philadelphia’s creative rise The St.Claire will be there. Will you?
With the deepest thanks,
Praise for The St.Claire at the Galleries at Moore:
The St.Claire listed as one of Philadelphia’s top online art websites:
Coverage of our public conversation at FJORD Gallery, Reimagining the Artist Residency:
A transcript from our open forum held at the ICA Philadelphia in February of 2012:
Risks and challenges
For the past two years The St.Claire has been fueled by the donated time and energy of a large network of friends, colleagues, strangers, and acquaintances. A successful Kickstarter campaign will allow us to fairly compensate our contributors for one full year. Our major obstacle is continuing this practice of equitable compensation past the funded year and into the indefinite future. Our plan to address this challenge is simple:
1. This Kickstarter campaign will show that we have broad support in the community as well as the ability to self-raise funds. These precedents will make it easier for us as we approach and secure sponsorships from individuals and institutions in the Philadelphia area.
2. By keeping our annual operating budget below $9,000 and committing 100% of our funds back to the members of our art community we are designing a realistic, responsive, and sustainable model of production. This is a model that understands the restrictions of Philadelphia’s arts environment and is situated as a responsible and engaged member of its community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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