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Leav is a mobile platform for placing, viewing, and sharing digital art that is both shaped by, and linked to, the world around it.
174 backers pledged $22,459 to help bring this project to life.

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Checking In

Posted by Six Impossible Things (Creator)
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Hello again, Kickstarter friends! It’s been a few weeks since we ended our campaign, in which you all helped us raise over $22,000 to fund new Leav artists in the coming year (we still can’t quite believe it). And now we’re busy putting those funds to good use! The cogs are spinning at Leav HQ. Plans are in motion, and Leav itself is starting to take its final shape. We’re also busy planning our June 14 launch party, which we hope will be the bash to end all bashes. We want to introduce Leav to the world the right way, and these last few months are being spent making sure that happens. We’ll be keeping you abreast of our progress in various areas along the way, so keep a look out for more of these updates down the line.

Oh, and your rewards will be coming soon! We’ll be letting you know how we’ll be dispersing them and what we will need from you to make that happen in the near future. It’s hugely important to us that you all get what you signed up for in a timely matter, because you helped make this phase of our project possible in the first place. And for that, we can’t thank you enough.

Back with more soon.

- Erik

We did it!

Posted by Six Impossible Things (Creator)
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What a month! On Saturday, with about three hours left in our campaign, we reached our goal of $22,000, and eventually surpassed it, accumulating a total of $22,459 in 30 days. Thanks to your incredible response in the final push, we raised over $6,000 in the last two days of the campaign. Wow. A million trillion thank you’s to all of you for the dedicated support you’ve shown this project in the past month. Andy, Bobby, Joey and I have all said it to each other: it’s tremendously inspiring to know that so many people care about Leav, and what artists can do with Leav, and what Leav can become. Whatever dollar amount you gave, you made sure that the world of Leav, and the artists that call it home, have a future. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We launch June 14. Until then, we’ll be in touch from time to time, letting you know how things are going. You can keep up with us here or at our blog at http://blog.leav.co/. Our launch event, in partnership with Northern Spark, is going to be killer, and we’ll have more updates on that as we get closer to the date. We’ll be happy to thank many of you in person there. Leav is almost ready to see the world. Thanks to you, we know the world is ready to see Leav. We can’t wait to show you what it can do.

See you June.

- Erik

One Word: HOTTEA

Posted by Six Impossible Things (Creator)
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Wow. Under 40 hours to go in our campaign. You all have been so amazingly generous over the last few weeks. A huge special thanks to those who have increased their contributions in the past few weeks. It’s been amazing to see the gradual uptick in support, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of this journey with us. As a thank-you, and as incentive to help out even more if you can, today we’re pleased to announce that acclaimed Minneapolis street artist HOTTEA has joined the ever-growing roster of artists to be funded by our Kickstarter goal.

Eric Rieger, aka HOTTEA, started out as a graffiti artist, but after graduating from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2007 with a degree in graphic design, he wanted to somehow pay tribute to his then recently passed grandmother, who taught him how to knit. Soon, the name “HOTTEA” spelled out with lengths of yarn began appearing on fences around the city, and a name was born that has since spread to many other cities and public art installations around the country, including works in and on fences, tennis courts, bridges, walls, windows, and galleries, and in places as varied as Vancouver, New York, and the University of Missouri. 

“I think we all navigate the city in our own way,” Eric said in a recent MN Original feature. “The More intimate we get with the city, we navigate it differently. As an artist, I think a lot of us navigate the city through surfaces that we can create work on.”

We’re beyond thrilled that Eric is going to create work for the digital city surfaces of Leav. His work is a street-minded, localized expression of the intangibles that connect us to the places we live and the people we live with, which is exactly what we want Leav to be. Artists like HOTTEA are making our world a reality, but their work can only be supported when our Kickstarter goal is fully funded. It’s broken record time: we need your help. Consider increasing your contribution. Tell others to contribute if they can. Help us climb the hill to $22,000 by March 8th, 11:59 PM. If the campaign is not fully funded, we don’t receive any money, and you don’t receive your rewards. It’s that simple. 

 We’re on the path to our goal, and we’re excited to see our support increase even more in these last few hours. We hope you are too. 

 The Leav Team

Let’s Talk Launch Party

Posted by Six Impossible Things (Creator)
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Leav is launching to the world in June, and we’re sending it out with a big shebang. This won’t just be any old shebang, though. The Leav party is going to be an event, a happening--an experience tied directly into the dynamics of the app itself. What could that possibly mean?

Allow us to illustrate.

Imagine a place where you could watch live performances by Leav inaugural artists, as well as future Leav artists, and then mingle with them afterwards. Imagine a place where DJs spin tunes as you enjoy a drink with friends and take in live art installations, both physical and digital. Imagine a specific time on the night of June 14, when an entire party becomes audience to a one-time, live installation, curated by the Leav team, that can only be seen at that one party, in that one place, ever.

This is the kind of Leav launch party we imagine, and it’s the kind of party we’re planning. Our featured performers for the night will be Rogue Valley, along with Holly Hansen and Grant Cutler’s experimental pop project Weird Visions. Our live Leav art installation is in the works and will be ready for everyone to experience simultaneously on the night of the party.

Of course you may know that June 14 is also the night of the Northern Spark Festival in Minneapolis. We’re very excited to announce that Leav has partnered with Northern Spark to feature Leav’s inaugural art pieces as part of the festivities. Our launch party will be a gateway to Northern Spark’s night of light. When you leave our party, you can head off into the night to explore the city in a way you never have before, with Leav. Our artist’s works will be ready and waiting for you.

There will be much more to announce about the party in the coming weeks and months, but we wanted to let you know what’s brewing because, now more than ever, it’s important that our campaign is fully funded. The party as we envision cannot happen without your support. We want you to get your ticket packages. We want you to experience our launch in the coolest way possible. But it can only happen when we meet our goal. Consider increasing your pledged amount to help us make the climb. We have $7,500 to go with three days left. Help us launch Leav in the best way possible, with the best artists possible.

All in.

The Leav Team

Introducing New Artists

Posted by Six Impossible Things (Creator)
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Friends of Leav, we’ve received tremendous support from you so far. Your generosity and diligent support have pushed us a long way up the mountain from our start in early February. But we’re still $8,000 short of our goal with under a week left in the campaign. We’re confident we can make it, though. Help get us to the top! Consider increasing your donation, and tell others about Leav, what it does, and how they can help continue its mission. We have a lot of amazing things in the pipeline, but they can’t happen without making this goal.

Need further incentive? Allow us to gratify you.

On this last Monday of our Kickstarter campaign, we have something very exciting to share. We’ve introduced you to all of the talented artists who will be the very first to populate the world of Leav with their works. And we’ve told you that the money we receive from this campaign will go towards funding the next wave of Leav artists. Now we’d like to introduce a few of those people whose works will be appearing on a city block near you within the next year.

Drum roll, please…

Andy Sturdevant

Andy is a Minneapolis-based artist, writer and arts administrator who has written about art, history, and culture for mnartists.org, Rain Taxi, Art Review and Preview!, Mpls. St. Paul, the Walker Art Center, and heavytable.com. He writes a weekly column on arts and visual culture in Minneapolis-St. Paul for MinnPost. His first book, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, was published by Coffee House Press in 2013. He's also exhibited work at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and The Soap Factory, as well as galleries in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Louisville. (http://www.andysturdevant.com/)

Emily Johnson

Emily is an Alaskan-born artist and writer who creates work through sensation, engaging audiences with their five senses in physical spaces and in the architecture and history of their environment. She is the director of Catalyst performance company. Her performance works have appeared in places as varied as the Coil Festival/PS122, Northrop Auditorium, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Walker Art Center. She has been a fellow and artist in residence at numerous organizations, including Robert Rauschenberg, MANCC, and McKnight, and received the 2012 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production, The Thank-you Bar, at New York Live Arts. She is currently a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota. (http://catalystdance.com/)

Grant Cutler

Grant is a songwriter, producer and composer whose prolific catalogue--raw in humanness and polished in electronic components--exhibits balance and experimentalism. He’s been the creative force behind such projects as Lookbook (City Pages' Best New Band 2009), Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords (First Avenue's Best New Bands 2010), and played multiple national tours, SXSW, and CMJ. His production and collaboration credits include Jeremy Messersmith, Aby Wolf, Solid Gold, Zoo Animal, the soundtrack for the film Stuck Between Stations (official Tribeca Film Festival selection 2011), the modern dance piece He & Him/She & Her (2012), and many other curated events and visual projects. (http://www.grantcutler.com/)

The Roe Family Singers

The Roes are a good-time, old-time, jangly, rip-roarin’ hillbilly band from the Mississippi headwaters community of Kirkwood Hollow, MN. Led by wife and husband Kim Roe (Best Female Vocalist, City Pages/Village Voice) and Quillan Roe (Accident Clearinghouse), the band blends characteristic old-time sounds of banjo, autoharp, guitar, and washboard with rock & roll urgency and influence. The Band has opened for Doc Watson and Del McCoury, the Grascals at the MBOTMA Winter Bluegrass Weekend, and Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur at the National Jug Band Jubilee in Louisville, KY. In 2011 the band was awarded the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and has previously won the title of “World's Best” at the 29th annual Battle of the Jug Bands. They can be heard every Monday night at the 331 Club in Minneapolis. (http://www.roefamilysingers.com/).

Pretty cool, huh? We’ll be announcing more names in the coming days too. These are the people who will benefit directly from your contributions, and the people you get to contribute to Leav. The pieces that all of these artist will be creating are still works in progress, but we’ll be giving you future updates on the nature of the projects and their continuing development.

The next five days are crucial, though. It’s crunch time. Our goal is within reach. We have a lot of support, and there will be more cool announcements later in the week concerning new artists and our insanely awesome launch party on June 14th.

Stay tuned. We’re almost there.

The Leav Team