YES! YES! YES!
Our amazing community of supporters pushed us past our $15,000 goal!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Wait for it -- We've got one day left and we're reaching for $25,000.
We know that reads crazy but something tells us we can do it. IF you are on the Booklyn train get ready for an awesome decade-long ride. If you haven't got on the train yet tickets start at $10! [Bonus: we've got great rewards remaining for all artists' book lovers]
About this project
Here at Booklyn we're dedicated to education and social justice through the exhibition and distribution of artists' books, zines and prints.
Booklyn has been invited to move into ArtBuilt Brooklyn, a vibrant new arts community at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. This amazing opportunity is too good to pass up and it could not have come at a better time, because we've long since outgrown our modest 600 sq/ft studio in Greenpoint.
We’ll be moving into a more accessible space, double in size, with a 10-year lease that will give our community the stability it needs to grow. Our new home will include a production studio, art gallery, event space, and office where we’ll publish, exhibit, and distribute artists' books, zines, and prints. These expanded facilities for production and education will increase our ability for audience outreach and impact.
Your support now lets us build out our new space with reduced rent, and helps with moving logistics for this big step forward for our community of artists and activists. Help us keep Booklyn in Brooklyn!
Why this is important...
Booklyn is one of the only non-profit educational organizations that distributes artists’ books, zines, and prints to libraries, museums, schools, and universities in New York City, across the United States, and around the world. For 20 years, we’ve represented artwork designed to spark public dialog around environmental and social justice issues for positive community impact. We’re an educational institution that uses art as a change agent, and we’re building a global network of like-minded culture makers and educators.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York’s Affordable Real Estate for Artists initiative, and the Department of Cultural Affairs are working to keep artists and art organizations in the city. In partnership with ArtBuilt Brooklyn, the City is giving us the space we need to do our work.
Our new, more affordable location gives us a secure base to provide activists, artists, and social justice organizations with a home to create and distribute archives, art, books, and programs to educational and public institutions nationwide.
Our new public space will hold public events and have larger exhibitions than the current location. We will be in the middle of a new creative community in Sunset Park with galleries, artists, and cultural organizations, helping to increase our audience and community outreach.
Founded in 1999, Booklyn is an artist-run, non-profit 501(c)(3) consensus-governed, artist and bookmakers organization headquartered in Brooklyn. Our mission is to promote artists’ books as art and research material and to assist artists and organizations in documenting, exhibiting, and distributing their artworks and archives.
Booklyn represents work by living artists and provides support for artwork that deals with provocative subject matter including environmental, historical, linguistic, and political issues. Booklyn also provides opportunities and services for artists who have limited means of distributing or producing their artwork.
Booklyn has collaborated with hundreds of artists and social justice organizations including 596 Acres, ABC No Rio, Bullet Space, Cinders Gallery, CultureStrike, EZLN, Interference Archive, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Justseeds, La Escuela de Cultura Popular Revolucionaria Mártires del 68, the Occuprint Project of Occupy Wall Street, Printed Matter, and Triple Canopy.
Booklyn supports the work of these emerging and activist artists and provides connections with museums, institutions, universities and libraries to collect, exhibit, and promote their work as educational tools to a growing audience.
How your contributions will be used...
Before we even move, we need to raise these funds before the end of the year to cover the costs of designing and constructing a new, raw space to meet our diverse needs: exhibitions space, office space, storage, and a production workshop.
After that, we’ll need to pay for moving expenses, including packing and moving heavy bookbinding and printing equipment, two giant flat files, office and studio furniture, thousands of papers and ephemera, hundreds of books and artworks, and about a hundred boxes of archive materials. Your contributions will go toward these expenses.
Our end-of-year stretch goal is $45,000. The $15,000 will cover the move and $30,000 is needed to complete build-out of the new space in advance and make a down-payment that will reduce overall monthly rent expenses.
We have had two very successful Kickstarter campaigns. The first helped fund the organization of our 10-year Archive, which is now in the collection of the Library of Congress. The second campaign funded the creation of our online database and web archive, which holds ~1650 books, ~375 works on paper, by ~650 artists, including images and collection information.
To show our gratitude, we have a variety of great rewards, including an exclusive pre-order of our new book Freedom of the Presses: Artists' Books in the 21st Century. Backers of this campaign will get the first copies hot off the press. Freedom of the Presses features commentary from contemporary artists and scholars, including Kurt Allerslev, Tia Blassingame, Stephen Dupont, Ganzeer, Sarah Kirk Hanley, Fly, Richard Lee, Mobile Print Power, Florencia San Martin, Aaron Sinift, Suzy Taraba, Deborah Ultan, Marshall Weber, Anton Wurth and Xu Bing. The publication is offered to different tiers of patronage for donations of $35, $75, and $250.
**Anyone interested in these higher tier artworks are welcome to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for high-resolution photography and details.
Risks and challenges
With the exception of our new publication "Freedom of the Presses," all of the inventory for the rewards are available in our studio and slated to ship January 2018.
Since the publishing of the book "Freedom of the Presses" is a collaborative project, there may be interruptions in the schedule due to design/ color discrepancies, shipping delays from the printers, all which we’ve tried to factor into our publishing date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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