As tech entrepreneurs, we saw the amazing outcomes of creative teams working under a time crunch. At hack-a-thons, and pitch competitions, teams of entrepreneurs, programmers and graphic designers put their skills to the test and got the opportunity to show off (and launch!) their companies, apps, and websites.
What if, instead of technologists, you had artists in events like these? The combination seemed strange yet compelling, like chocolate covered potato chips. The idea sounded cool and fun, like something we wanted to participate in and have in our Madison community. So like good "Artrepreneurs", we are bringing our vision to life.
Art and tech are increasingly seen together. Events and festivals like SxSW increasingly go hand-in-hand with a technological or interactive component. Successful tech executives are fast becoming important patrons of the arts. Artists that succeed today have entrepreneurial skills, like knowing how to write winning applications, drafting budget sheets, pitching, marketing, and selling their work, and generally demonstrating business skills not taught in art school. And successful entrepreneurs need creative and artistic skills for innovative design, vision, and creativity not taught in their business and computer science departments. At Artup Weekend entrepreneurs and artists team up - each getting the benefit of the other's wheelhouse.
How it works:
All people with a passion to create - painters, entrepreneurs, playwrights, sculptors, tinkerers, engineers, musicians, dancers, everybody! - meet on Friday July 26th at 5:30pm at the venue 100State.
100State is the premier co-working space in Madison, chock full of whiteboards and conference rooms, perfect for Artup Weekend. Over dinner, the attendees have the opportunity to go in front of a microphone and give a one-minute pitch of their creative idea.
Maybe you want to paint a wall mural of Civil Rights leaders at a local elementary school, but don’t know how to write the grant. Maybe it is an idea for a painting that utilizes LCD technology to change color based on the weather outside. Or perhaps it is an idea to make children’s slippers that are shaped like dinosaurs. The point is, the sky is the limit, but the pitch is short -- 60 seconds.
The idea is written down and tacked to the wall. After the pitches, people have the opportunity to mingle, learn more about each other’s ideas, and vote by placing a sticker on their three favorite ideas. Teams form around the top ideas.
Now comes the fun part. The teams will have the rest of Friday, all day Saturday, and most of Sunday to make their idea a reality. Maybe it is getting the grant proposal written and submitted for the mural. Maybe a team creates a prototype of their commercial art object. Rome was not built in the day, but we think with Artup Weekend, they could have written the blue-prints in three!
At the end of Sunday, Teams will have 5 minutes to present what they’ve accomplished to a panel of local judges - a mixture of well-known entrepreneurs and artists. The top teams in four categories will win prizes.
- Most Socially Conscious
- Most Ambitious
- Most Completed
- People's Choice
What is the Kickstarter money is for?
We want you to buy your ticket and T-shirt through kickstarter but we also want you to give all that you can. Your funding our kickstarter will have a lasting impact on Madison's creative community. As more and more Artup Weekends take place, your contribution to this and future Artup Weekends will have a lasting effect on America and the world.
Here are our expenses that your important backing will fund:
Our largest expense is food (all included free and delicious!). The next is materials for our awesome teams to make art, followed by the funding for a documentary of the first event in Madison, WI at 100State to drive more attention to this event nationally and internationally.
We need $4000 just to scrape across the finish line for first ever Artup Weekend here in Madison, WI. So when you see we've hit our goal, if you believe in our vision and in our goal, keep going, keep giving all you can.
The money that goes to back an Artup Weekend event will have a large impact on that city's entire creative community. And as more Artup Weekend events occur in other cities, that means a cultural and economic multiplier effect for the whole country.
So think big when you are backing this Kickstarter project and other Artup Weekend projects.
After you back us share us with your friends and include a personal message about why you think Artup Weekend is valuable.
After The Event:
Many Artup Weekend teams will make amazing and lasting art. All participants will gain valuable skills. But most importantly, Artup Weekend will strengthen the community and network of artistic and creative people in your city.
The Future of Artup:
Artup Weekend is going national and international. If you want to help, be on our board, nominate someone to our board, put on your own Artup Weekend, have any question at all, or just want to stay hip to Artup Weekend's progress, visit artupweekend.org, like us on facebook.com/artupweekend, and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adam Braus & Chas Feuss
Risks and challenges
We feel very, very confident about this event and future Artup Weekends. For the kickoff event here in Madison, 100State is equally excited to make their space and network available to us. At this point it is just about making the event as amazing as possible so its spirit and story can inspire teams in citys around the globe to do their own Artup Weekends.
As organizers we face the usual challenges of event planning -- food, swag, etc. But our participants face another more interesting challenge -- to come to Artup Weekend with tons of fantastic ideas for art projects. Brainstorm before hand all those wonderful ideas but also, (paradoxically) come to the event with an open mind and ready to collaborate.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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