I'm glad you asked. This is a project is designed not solely for our profit, but for a large network of people. First, the artists of NYC get a chance to show their work in a gallery with no cost submissions and no prejudice against them because of a resume or lack thereof. Artists that previously would not have had a venue because of their experience or connections will finally have an equal opportunity jury show. Musicians, filmmakers, poets, and other creative people also have a similar chance to perform based purely on their ability and appropriation to the curation, not because of how popular they are or how much money they can bring in. Most galleries have to adhere to some sort of profitable system and therefore must keep business at a first priority, but since we are primarily focused on giving the artist in question a path to success. Finally, this will be a huge addition to the culture of the community surrounding the space. As you may very well know, there is enough vacant space in New York City to house all of its homeless. These empty buildings are gaping holes where potential for growth and development are lost, and we would like to be on the vanguard of a movement to patch up those holes. Every place has the opportunity for creativity to be born; we need to stop waiting around for someone else to open that door for us and march up to it ourselves. The amount we are asking for - $2,500 - is really pocket change in comparison to rent prices right now. As someone who has spent the last couple weeks constantly phoning real estate agents, I'm starting to understand the reality of the soaring costs of rent. However, with that money funded, we can show everyone how a little bit of donations - $5 here and there, even - can create a remarkable opportunity and cultural experience such as this one.
That said, if our Kickstarter funding is unsuccessful, I will be the first to empty her pockets to try and still make this project work. The money is secondary to the idea and the mission. The donations should not be seen as a burden, but rather, a chance for anyone to jump on board and become a part of our team. Every donor can say that he or she was just as irreplaceable to this project as the artists, the space, or even me.