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Art Shanty Projects is starting a membership program to grow this beloved, free program and prioritize paying artists a living wage.
Art Shanty Projects is starting a membership program to grow this beloved, free program and prioritize paying artists a living wage.
Art Shanty Projects is starting a membership program to grow this beloved, free program and prioritize paying artists a living wage.
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Art Shanty Projects needs your support!

Art Shanty Projects is now turning to the community for support to continue our program. We are starting a membership program to give our loyal audience a new, important way to participate. Funds will keep the program free and accessible for visitors and fairly compensate artists for their work designing, building and programming the temporary community. The timing is critical for us and we need your help! Check out our video to see why.

 So, what is Art Shanty Projects?

Since 2004, Art Shanty Projects has given artists a platform to create unique art in an unusual setting. Art Shanty Projects was conceived by a small group of artists who built a collection of surprising structures on a frozen lake in Minnesota. Since then, the program has grown, attracting up to 19,000 visitors each winter. Annually, 20 artist teams build Shanties and dozens of performances are hosted. Art Shanty Projects has been a catalyst for so much arts activity in the Twin Cities for many years. We wouldn't be where we are today without the passion, dedication and vision of hundreds of artists and supporters!

Why now?

This past spring, Art Shanty Projects announced its move from White Bear Lake to Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, which is estimated to attract more than 25,000 visitors during its four-week run, weekends in January and February. This is the first time that Art Shanty Projects will come to Minneapolis, making it even more accessible. 

Why a membership program?

• To reduce reliance on public and private grants, which have become less predictable in the current political climate

• To fairly compensate participating artists

• To ensure the program remains free for the general public

• To allow loyal fans to share ownership of and participation in the program

• To ensure the long-term sustainability of this beloved program

What’s in it for me?

Membership benefits will include access to special events, sneak peeks of the On-Ice Program, unique opportunities to interact with the artists, and other Art Shanty Projects goodies! Plus you get to help ensure that Art Shanty Projects returns each year and keeps getting better!

 

View from above of 2017 Program on White Bear Lake
View from above of 2017 Program on White Bear Lake

 

 

Daily artist performances get everyone in on the fun!
Daily artist performances get everyone in on the fun!

 

Dusk view from 2014
Dusk view from 2014

 

 

Risks and challenges

Historically, we have relied on grants to fund the On-ice Program. We need to diversify our income stream so we can support the artists with more competitive wages and keep Art Shanty Projects' program free to the public. Our greatest challenge is that this campaign is an all or nothing proposition; we must reach our $15,000 goal in order to be funded. We can’t launch our membership program without the support of individual donors. The membership program has already generated significant buzz and we are confident that we can succeed. But we need your help to ensure that Art Shanty Projects does not go away. Become a member today and show your support for Art Shanty Projects!

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    Shanty Fan

    You love Art Shanty Projects and just want to help. Contribute $10 or any amount to show support for our artists and our annual On-Ice Program.

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    Handwarmer Member

    You're ready to take it to the next level to become more than a fan. You will get your name in the On-Ice print program + button + Membership Card

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    Lil Buddy Member

    Like the Little Buddy Heaters that warm many of our shanties, you're providing heat and support for our artists throughout the 4 weekends on the ice. Lil Buddy Members and those who contribute over $50 will receive a +1 invite to the member event at SooVAC art gallery in January 2018. Member event includes food, beverages, entertainment, and first crack at Art Shanty Projects art and silent auction goodies.

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    • Membership Card
    • +1 Member hour at SooVAC Art Shanty Projects Opening on January 6
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    Wood Stove Member

    A substantial and IRON clad contribution. At this level, you will receive an invite to a unique On-Ice experience on a weekday evening. Wood Stove Members and supporters will have the opportunity for an intimate interaction with On-Ice shanties and artists. Warm beverages, snacks, and merriment will be provided.

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    • Membership Card
    • +1 Member hour at SooVAC Art Shanty Projects Opening on January 6
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    Dual Wood Stove Membership

    A substantial and IRON clad contribution for TWO. You and a partner/friend/child/companion join us for a unique On-Ice experience on a weekday evening. Members and supporters will have the opportunity for an intimate interaction with On-Ice shanties and artists. Warm beverages, snacks, and merriment will be provided.

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    Bonfire Member

    You'll be the first to engage with all the new shanties and artists at our new location in an On-Ice Sneak Peak. Event is followed by gathering with other die-hard supporters and artists.

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    • Button
    • Membership Card
    • +1 Member hour at SooVAC Art Shanty Projects Opening on January 6
    • Invite to weekday On-Ice Party in January
    • Invite for On-ice Sneak Peek on January 19
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    Sponsor a Shanty

    Support our efforts to pay artists a livable wage by sponsoring one single shanty. The didactic on the shanty will recognize your contribution and name. Organizations and businesses interested in sponsoring a shanty must contact community@artshantyprojects.org before pledging if you want your organization's name included on the shanty.

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    • Membership Card
    • +1 Member hour at SooVAC Art Shanty Projects Opening on January 6
    • Invite to weekday On-Ice Party in January
    • Invite for On-ice Sneak Peek on January 19
    • Name recognition on the shanty and in program
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