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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, June 30 2015 12:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

 Artiszen is a place where magic happens...

When Artiszen opened its doors as a gallery in November 2013, it sparked an exciting change in downtown Vallejo, California. There's something about the space that lures you in, awakens your senses, warms your heart, and welcomes you to stay. It isn't just a gallery filled with great art -- it's where you can count on a warm greeting, or engage in thoughtful conversation, it's where you can meet people, make new friends, and be a part of the community.  In a town where crime often takes center stage, Artiszen and the many other galleries that have since opened up, have been making a positive difference in Vallejo, and have given the city what it so desperately needs... a safe place to enjoy the "art of community." 

Artiszen hosted its first official show, "Evocare: a Vivid Sense of Reality" featuring works of 20+ local photographers. The huge success of the show prompted the gallery to host numerous other shows, all with equal success - a Comedy Show, an Urban Art/Graffiti Show, another photography show dedicated to Vallejo. It hosted the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act Youth Art Show, and it also began to feature solo artists..  With each show, the gallery has made more of a name for itself and now garners the respect of both artists and residents alike.  

What has always been important to Artiszen is focusing on the youth of Vallejo and developing classes and programs to enrich their lives and their appreciation of the arts. Many of the local schools do not have art programs and this is something that Artiszen hopes to remedy.

So what is the purpose of this campaign?  What people don't know is that the gallery's overhead has been funded primarily by its founder, Sean Gutierrez, and it's something he cannot sustain into the future. Artiszen is forever evolving and has plans to do even more - crafting additional classes and programs in the arts - which will require improvements to the building and operating funds. That is why we're doing this Kickstarter campaign. The amount we've asked for is to hold us over while we finalize our non-profit status and apply for grants. Please help us continue the powerful momentum Artiszen has started, and enable the gallery to realize its goals of serving the city of Vallejo and its youth.  

Thank you so much for your time and interest! Please support us by sharing our Kickstarter page with your network of friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances.

Special Edition Artiszen T-Shirt designed and silkscreened by Artiszen friend and artist David Cataneda
Special Edition Artiszen T-Shirt designed and silkscreened by Artiszen friend and artist David Cataneda
Greeting Cards by Artist Mark Martin
Greeting Cards by Artist Mark Martin
           
Greeting cards by Dede Scrivner
Greeting cards by Dede Scrivner
Greeting cards by Luna Gilliagan
Greeting cards by Luna Gilliagan

                    Gallery of Prints by Artiszen Artist Friends

'Lina's Legacy' by Jose Martinez
'Lina's Legacy' by Jose Martinez
'Carquinez Crescent' by Eric Dugan
'Carquinez Crescent' by Eric Dugan
Jahlil Lindsay
Jahlil Lindsay
'Sea Turtle' by Victoria Preciado
'Sea Turtle' by Victoria Preciado
'Solon Turman' by Brian O'Reilly
'Solon Turman' by Brian O'Reilly
                              
Verlannia Manchester
Verlannia Manchester
'Poobert' by Luna Giligan
'Poobert' by Luna Giligan
                   
'Crazy Heart' by Mark Martin
'Crazy Heart' by Mark Martin
        
'Vic's View' by Dede Scrivner
'Vic's View' by Dede Scrivner

    Limited edition giclée prints on high quality Hahnemuhle paper.                                 Signed and numbered by artist.

'Blue Man Rising' by Leopi Nicola
'Blue Man Rising' by Leopi Nicola
'Untitled' by Jeff Snell
'Untitled' by Jeff Snell
Amy Walker
Amy Walker
'Ashley's Gaze' by Jose Martinez
'Ashley's Gaze' by Jose Martinez
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Risks and challenges

If we hit our goal we will be able to keep our doors open and offer all the great art classes, events, and services that we have been doing up until now. But there are definitely challenges.

Some of the unique challenges Artiszen may face have to do with our location and the realities of our community. Being one of the early tenants in the formerly blighted downtown area of Vallejo means that the neighborhood sometimes struggles to thrive, which could have an impact on foot traffic to the gallery and the willingness of our patrons to visit during certain hours. The fact that many of us struggle to make ends meet and are transit-dependent means we sometimes struggle with an element of uncertainty in planning and executing our classes. Our approach to managing these risks will be stronger with funding, as we will be able to beef up our insurance and security measures and build in greater certainty for our teachers by creating a bridge funding source to provide teacher stipends until we begin to receive grant funds.

Another risk of bringing art to our community is that it may be difficult for some of the families of our potential students to make arts classes a financial priority. This could make it difficult for us to keep a critical mass of enrollment in each of our many offerings. We will be better equipped than ever to deal with this particular challenge after funding, as we will be able to offer scholarships and sponsorships to some of our most financially needy community members. By making our programs accessible to the broadest spectrum of people, we can help maintain strong enrollment numbers and create a truly sustainable program.

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Funding period

- (30 days)