About this project
Closing update: Thank you everyone! We more than doubled our goal, which allows us to bring manys exhibits to schools and libraries around the country (including the National Archives in Washington DC!)
If you missed the Kickstarter, but are still interested in the rewards/posters here, fear not! You can email us at email@example.com
In 2013, Recovering the Classics asked designers from around the world to reimagine the covers for great books that were already in the public domain.
It was explosively successful, with hundreds upon hundreds of covers pouring in from around the world. There was such huge excitement with our pop-up galleries in New York and San Francisco that we decided to take our cause nationwide. In spring of 2015, we announced a partnership with the New York Public Library, the White House and the Digital Public Library of America to place these covers to beautiful e-books in libraries and schools nationwide.
Now we're creating a system so that libraries, schools, book festivals and galleries around the country can create their own events inspired by these newly designed covers. Through this series of gatherings, we'll develop a community of readers who will share ideas, events and curricula around these classics for years to come.
We're calling this campaign 50x50 — and we aim to exhibit at least 50 book covers in all 50 states.
But to make this happen in the most epic (see what we did there?) possible, we need your help! Not all groups can afford to bring their dynamic visions of hosting this exhibit, so we've come to Kickstarter to make it possible for those readers.
According to our calculations, we need at least $5,200 to bring the most basic exhibit — 50 12"x18" print posters — to all 50 states. (This accounts for shipping and Kickstarter fees, too.) But with more resources, we can bring the gifts of literacy and design to an even wider audience! So we've built in a number of stretch goals. To fulfill all the requests we have received from schools and libraries, we would realistically need at least $25,000.
Our Recovering the Classics motto is: "Anyone who wants to host a 50x50 activity should be able to do so" — even if it means getting creative and finding resources in unexpected places. Whether that means sharing posters among groups in the same area, finding local sponsors or turning to you folks on Kickstarter, we'd like to ensure that this exhibit reaches anyone who wants to showcase it!.
We hope you'll help us spread great stories, beautiful design, and a love the interdisciplinary around the country!
We calculated we need at least $5,200 to bring the most basic exhibits of 50 12"x18" print posters to all 50 states (including shipping and Kickstarter fees). But with more resources, we can go even bigger, so we will have a number of stretch goals.
Our 24"x 36" foam-mounted posters. Great for easel displays! But they can also be wall-mounted. These are the core elements of 50x50. After you are done, you can also sell them in a silent auction.
Our 12"x 18" paper posters fit nicely into Ikea RIBBA frames, and can be mounted on the wall. They are thin enough to be laminated.
Our highly popular 4"x 6"postcards. Great for decorating desk space or home.
If you are interested in using the Recovering the Classics designs for post cards, but want to customize the backs of postcards for your own use, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve already had almost 300 librarians and teachers sign up because they want to 50x50 events, but they don't have the budgets, and are often paying out of their own pockets.
So we are confident that we can do all 50 states if we hit our goal. Some challenges: if we have more requests than we have budget for, how will be decide which schools and libraries will get it. But we can decide by who has the most enthusiastic proposals
Because the posters, postcards, and ebooks are already designed, fulfilling the rewards should be pretty straightforward, and we should be able to send them out by the deadline we set.
Risks and challenges
This is already happening! Hundreds of teachers, librarians, and book festival organizers are reaching out to us about our book covers. This Kickstarter campaign provides support to potential hosts, and in some communities, will bring to life an exhibit that would otherwise not have taken place.
The posters, postcards, and ebooks have already been created. We just have to deliver them!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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