College of the Creatives Cabinet
College of the Creatives Cabinet
Mysterious micro arcade cabinet containing the secrets to protecting and rallying America's national interests in arts and culture!
Mysterious micro arcade cabinet containing the secrets to protecting and rallying America's national interests in arts and culture! Read more
Art and creative culture are important! We want to use the College of the Creatives Cabinet to rally our fellow American's support to help us protect imperiled federal initiatives that fund the arts and humanities in America. We will do this by building and sending a limited edition of the College of the Creatives micro arcade cabinets to a select group of thoughtful, socially conscientious, influential, and nerdy recipients; and need your help funding our limited edition of cabinets! This project is our bid to enlist these cultural influencers with the goal of starting a movement that:
- Engages the communities we self-identify with and belong to (specifically the nerdy and creative communities)
- Creates a national dialogue that underscores the importance, value, and benefits art and creative culture bring to a democracy like ours
- Plans a defense of imperiled federal initiatives that fund the arts and creative culture in America (eg the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
- Resurrects the College of the Creatives
Also, If we’re being perfectly honest, we're big dorks and children of the 80s. As creatives that have grown old, but not up we can remember a time when groups with names like the A-Team, the Rebel Alliance, and the Super Friends regularly came together to fight shared threats. We like to think that we live in a world where the "College of the Creatives" can be brought back to life by a select group of contemporary influential creatives to form a new kind of super team with the intention of defeating looming threats to art and creative culture in America.
What was the "College of the Creatives", what did it do, and why try to bring it back now?
The College of the Creatives is a disbanded secret society founded in 1934 over tea at the White House by Gertrude Stein and Eleanor Roosevelt because of the threat to creative culture Stein felt the Nazis’ sudden rise to power in Europe posed. Since its founding the College’s Members have secretly helped preserve and protect humanity's ongoing cultural heritage. In the decades following its founding the College's membership numbers have swelled and receded with the level of threat to the arts, with the most recent surge in membership coming from the Los Angeles Science Fiction Chapter of the College which primarily fought Red Scare era threats to art & popular culture until the College's untimely dissolution caused by federal threats to it in 1956.
After learning about the College we couldn't help but see parallels between the historic moments surrounding the founding of the College, our current state of political unrest, and the attack on critical thought that art and creative culture help foster in America. We want to combine the arcade cabinet's mysterious design and the powerful ideas behind the College with our call-to-action to make a platform we can use to galvanize Americans into action.
What is the College of the Creatives Cabinet, and how will it be used?
A limited edition of micro arcade cabinets based on a secret design originally created to indoctrinate recipients—a select group of thoughtful and socially conscientious creatives—into a disbanded secret society called the "College of the Creatives". The design for the cabinet was created by the last surviving member of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Chapter of the College, and divulged to us in a deathbed plea to restart the College. We would like to produce a limited edition of 20 cabinets with the intention of sending them to a select group of 10 resourceful, thoughtful, socially conscientious, and nerdy creatives in an effort to civically engage and mobilize them on the behalf of art and creative culture in America.
Project milestones and achievements made to date
We're proud to say we were admitted into the SupplyFrame DesignLab Residency Program in Pasadena California on March 1st to help make this project a reality! Since starting at the DesignLab we have developed the cabinet to the point that we've made multiple prototypes! You can view all of our progress on this project to date at the project's Hackaday page!
Several experienced and prominent Makers have also agreed to mentor and advise us on this project. The MotherFather team is/will continue to tap them as needed as the project continues to develop!
We're concurrently approaching several individuals, groups, corporations, and foundations regarding various kinds of support for this project. To date we've managed to confirm Pimoroni, NTC, Sparkfun, Epilog, the ArtCenter College of Design (we're Alums) and SupplyFrame as project partners. We've also just started extensive partnership communications with two prominent foundations focused on social action/good, and it's sounding like they might help us with this project!
Who is Mike Rios and what is MotherFather Design?
Mike Rios is a big nerd, professional cat corraler, serial elephant eater, multidisciplinary designer, and social entrepreneur with over 8 years of experience researching, strategizing, developing, designing, coordinating, managing, and executing impactful creative solutions imbued with the human touch for brands, web, print, packaging, retail, apparel, exhibition, experiential, event, gallery, game, animation, and film.
In late 2015 Mike Rios and his wife Maggie Jensen decided to strike out on their own, forming a small change-driven design studio/artist collective, called MotherFather. Their collective is comprised of socially conscientious designers, artists, and makers obsessed with helping make the world a better place. MotherFather is focused on the belief that there is world changing power in thoughtful, empathetic, and communally engaging stories told from the heart that combine design, culture, and technology to create wonder and intrigue in the name of bringing people together to do some good. MotherFather is committed to establishing itself as a design studio that specializes in telling stories that matter and are worth sharing, and sincerely feels that making passion projects like the "College of the Creatives Cabinet" is the best way to reach that goal.
Why you should help, and what your contribution supports
Face front, true believers! We now need your help moving onto the production of the final design we will be sending to a select group of cultural influencers. We sincerely believe that if we build these touchstones, and send them out into the world, then recipients will come and answer our call-to-action! If nothing else, we sincerely hope this project helps make America feel a little more like a place you'd like to call home, a place that continues to benefit from federally funded art and creative culture! EXCELSIOR!
Funding will be used to pay for the parts/supplies, cabinet specific collateral, external lab/makerspace fees, 3rd party manufacturing/technician fees, design/engineering fees, artist/contributor honorariums, shipping, Kickstarter perks, and taxes associated with the production and fulfillment of the 20 cabinet limited edition run proposed by this campaign!
Thank you for your time and consideration, with your help we look forward to creating a movement that protects federally funded art and creative culture in America!
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk to this project is our lack of funding. To wit we've spent the last month and a half applying for grants and approaching a mix of corporations and foundations for funding. We have a contingency plan with a mixed funding strategy in place with this project to make sure we hit our funding goal (you're looking at a part of it)!
Beyond funding, our next biggest challenge is our ability to create the 20 cabinets we've challenged ourselves with through this project. While we can currently work in the DesignLab, our residency ends on June 30th. It's with this in mind that we are continuing to reach out to our network, trying to find backup locations with the equipment we need to complete our limited edition cabinet run before a final federal budget is presented by the current administration for a vote to the House this December.
The fabrication of the cabinet's themselves represent a huge challenge. Making sure we are on schedule and able to make consistently beautiful cabinets across the edition are a concern. We also have concerns related to safety. We need to ensure all of the electronic components in the cabinets are in safe working order before shipping them to our intended group of influential recipients.
Finally, the team is comprised of working designers, artists, and makers with obligations outside of MotherFather. Many of our team members have regular jobs, freelance gigs that pop-up from time to time, and pre-existing projects/exhibitions of their own that could present commitment challenges to this project as we continue to develop it. As working professionals we know life comes with challenges, but as thoughtful creatives dedicated to creating social good we want our backers to know that we are dedicated to making sure America is a place that values art and creative culture, and see this project as an integral part of that mission!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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