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 exciting expansion plans for a community photo center.
Newspace Curatorial Program
Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon is an educational and cultural nonprofit. Founded in 2002, Newspace has produced many exhibitions, lectures, classes, and opened its photo facilities to the public. In 2011 the center completed an expansion that doubled their space. Now, they are looking for your help to expand not just their footprint, but also their programming.
Newspace is looking to raise $25,000 to cover associated costs of finding a full time exhibition and lecture curator for a two-year contract, including interview travel, and also to compensate guest speakers in the program. This is not a salary, rather it is a “kick-start” to a long-term curatorial program that will, hopefully, encourage membership and class attendance to sustain the position. The best rewards start at the $50 donation range and include a free submission to a juried show, memberships, and some fabulous prints by outstanding photographers.
Until recently, the Founding and Executive Directors have handled the center’s programming. With the upcoming departure of Founding Director Chris Bennett coinciding with the larger space to manage, the time is right for a full time curator.