My name is Alice Mao and I’m a 17 year old high school student and avid artist. With my partner Taylor Wang, 15, we’ve gathered funding and momentum around our latest project: an art show, featuring the work of other student artists like ourselves.
We're planning to use the funds from this Kickstarter to help pay for the shipping of artists' works, and framing. We already have a space secured, and supplies for hanging and displaying works. The goal of this project is to make this show as accessible as possible-- No submission fees, no shipping fees, no printing fees for digital work. Just young artists coming together to make something special.
We’ve already received a $950 grant that we're planning to use towards shipping and have just posted our call for artists, and the response has been overwhelming. Thanks to the sweeping wave of support, we have achieved most of our goal already. We only need $500 of funding to top it off.
This is a non-profit event, and we are working as volunteers to put on this show because we know, as young artists ourselves, that we would really appreciate this sort of show. It’s often events like these early in artists’ careers that give them confidence and propel them forwards.
Student Art Spaces is the brainchild of Alice and Taylor. We met in our high school AP Art class, and just kept on running into each other. Eventually, Taylor texted me about an idea she had for a teen art show. At that time, it was just us and our prior experience in art. With no real guidance to follow, we took advantage of any resources we could find, such as local art museums and galleries. Our motivation was our trust in each other and confidence in our abilities—plus a little help from the Internet.
Our first contact was my art teacher, Ruthie, who offered us a space at Seattle Artist League. The next order of business was getting the word out. By utilizing Instagram and Facebook, we promoted our competition online, as well as running ads and making physical flyers. It hasn’t been easy—With school commitments and extracurriculars pulling us in all different directions, it’s been a stressful few weeks. However, we’re confident in this project's success. We’ve had to learn a lot of things about business, marketing, and organization, and right now is an exciting time for us ripe with prospects. For more info, check out our website, at https://www.studentartspaces.com/
Taylor and I are excited to review submissions as the last ones trickle in during the coming weeks. We want to give underprivileged artists a chance to shine, without having to worry about the costs. It's going to be exciting to curate all the artwork. However, we also spent hours researching grants, filling out applications, and doing all the behind-the-scenes work that isn't so pretty. We are both very capable individuals who are determined to succeed, so please take a moment to support young artists on the rise!
Risks and challenges
While my partner and I are hard workers, we are young and there might be technical issues. No matter how much we plan, there is bound to be problems, but I'm confident in our abilities to solve them!
There isn't any risk of the event being cancelled. We already have a space and a majority of the funds required to make it happen, but your support would help us make this the best possible event we can.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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