A Special Thank You From Our ED + Your Crowdfunding Record + FUTURES
We have so many pieces of news to share with you!
Last night the campaign you contributed to surpassed the one million dollar mark. This is much more than we could have ever dreamed of, but our goals remain the same: To make a statement of our values on January 20th and then to take that statement and carry it beyond the inauguration into the world. Over the coming year, Amplifier will partner with organizations, schools, and everyday Americans to create spaces across the county, in both red states and blue, where we can share a dialogue about the diverse and dignified America we want our children to inherit.
The money raised for this campaign is going to stand out to a lot of people watching, but what is more impressive to me than the funding is the number of backers. This is not a project born of one or two big donors, it is a project directly resulting from over 18,000 people who are ready to make their voices heard, more donors than any Art project in Kickstarter’s history. One thing to keep in mind as this project funds: We can only spend what we have as liquid assets since the funding from this will not hit our account for weeks. We planned this campaign based on a 60-120k funding goal.
Currently we have existing funds to cover several National ads, but will not be spending all the funds you see on this Kickstarter before January 20th, which is why we called it “Art for the inauguration and beyond.”
Over the coming year we will be distributing free art to schools and libraries across the country, we will be giving out grants to dozens of additional artists and photographers to continue working on the theme of civic engagement, social responsibility, and equal humanity, and we will continue to spread these images via billboards, bus stops, and murals. Beyond the physical art we will also be going out into communities across the country to have real conversations with real people. I am committed to sharing those conversations with you and giving you a way to participate in them no matter where you are living. Please stay tuned for how and where we will be sharing that Community storytelling project.
Another thing that is very important for you to know: Shepard Fairey has to sign 8,000+ prints. That is going to take a LONG TIME, and is going to be very painful for his wrist! I have already apologized to his wife profusely, and will be buying him a fancy wrist brace covered in a thousand “Thank yous,” but that does not change the fact that these will take longer to fulfill than we thought when we launched a campaign with a $60,000 goal. Some signed lithographs will not arrive until March because we will have to rent a warehouse and have Shepard sign these in waves when he is in town.
And the last piece of news! At 10am Pacific Time we are launching the final signed editioned Shepard Fairey works. 300 18x24” signed and editioned silkscreens of each piece of art. These will likely sell out in 5 minutes, so if you want one be ready by your computer!
See you at the Inauguration!
Executive Director of The Amplifier Foundation