Crowd funding is becoming increasingly popular among creatives. With more sites springing up and more artists asking for funds, Don’t Take Pictures spotlights projects that benefit the arts community.
This month’s crowd funding roundup presents a public photography festival and exhibition in Wilson, North Carolina.
Eyes on Main Street
Formerly the home of the World’s Largest Tobacco Market, Wilson, North Carolina once had a thriving downtown culture. In a story familiar to many American small towns, strip malls and suburban communities drew away town residents and the once vibrant downtown slowly deteriorated. Through the efforts of Wilson community members and business owners, their downtown is now experiencing a revival. A new science museum, renovated movie theater, and whirly gig park have brought life back to the area, and now that people are visiting, they’d like to give them something to look at.
Eyes on Main Street, an outdoor exhibition on Wilson’s main street is planned for May 9, 2015. The show will feature 100 photographs from 100 prominent and emerging photographers including Walker Evans, Mary Ellen Mark, and Dorothea Lange. The large-scale prints are physically connected by the main street, which also serves as the theme behind the exhibition. In the spirit of community engagement, a corresponding festival will take place with workshops by participating photographers, curators and scholars. The festival will run until September 7 and an online guide and catalogue will be made available. Putting together a festival and exhibition of this scale is no small feat. The directors are seeking $10,000 to cover printing, marketing, and other associated fees. Those who contribute will assist in brining contemporary photography to the masses.