Art Basel Crowdfunding Meet and Greet 12/3/14-12/7/14

Art Basel Crowdfunding Meet and Greet
Wednesday – Sunday December 3-7, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Kickstarter_TeaserGarden Oasis, Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Free public access

Guests are invited to engage in conversations with members of the Art Basel and Kickstarter teams regarding the exciting projects that are part of the collaborative Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative.

Since the launch, 7 organizations from around the world have successfully raised funds with Art Basel’s curated page on Kickstarter for their visual arts projects:

· 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is an organization dedicated to Asian-Australian contemporary art, based in Sydney’s Chinatown. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, 4A is staging “Actions for Tomorrow” by Chinese art collective Yangjiang Group in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood. The project pushes the boundaries of traditional Chinese calligraphy by exploring ideas of collective action through large-scale architectural constructions, video projections and public performances. (102% funded / AUS 20,405 / 84 backers)

· Gasworks is a London-based organization that promotes the exchange of ideas between international and local artists through exhibitions and residencies in London and at partner organizations in Cuba, China, South Africa, Kenya and India. With the money raised on Kickstarter, they will construct additional studios for emerging artists in South London. (101% funded / GBP 40,711 / 233 backers)

· SASSAS (Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound) is a non-profit organization that produces concerts in the greater Los Angeles area that re-contextualize sound and place. Their successful campaign enabled them to host a concert of contemporary sound works in the hills of greater Los Angeles. (103% funded / USD 5,176 / 74 backers)

· Delfina Foundation is an independent organization that facilitates artistic exchange and develops creative practice through residencies, partnerships, and public programming. They have been working with the Arab region through their renowned residency program for the last seven years and are now staging a groundbreaking exhibition on the little-known history of performance art in the Arab world, through rare archives and new contemporary artworks. (114% funded / GBP 17,158 / 109 backers)

· East of Borneo is an online magazine of contemporary art and its history, as considered from Los Angeles. After five years of operation, they are planning their highly anticipated relaunch that will enhance user experience, add features, and increase access. (122% funded / USD 30,671 / 267 backers)

· SculptureCenter is New York City’s only contemporary art museum dedicated to sculpture as well as NY’s oldest artist-run space. SculptureCenter will restore and present video works by Thai artist, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook for public view during her first museum survey in the United States in 2015. (104% funded / USD 12,574 / 119 backers)

· Locust Projects a non-profit exhibition space in Miami who raised funds for “Welcome to the Future,” a site-specific installation work imagining an archeological dig in the future by Miami-native Daniel Arsham. The exhibition will be on view during the 2014 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach. (146% funded / USD 10,979 / 49 backers)

· The Mosaic Rooms, a London-based non-profit gallery dedicated to supporting contemporary culture from and about the Arab world. They are seeking funding to produce a book with artist Hrair Sarkissian documenting the disappearing tradition of studio portraiture in the Middle East. (32% funded / USD 4,067 / 18 backers / campaign ends Saturday, December 13)

· National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, a non-profit public museum in Nassau is committed to preserving history and fostering contemporary artists across the islands. They are seeking funding to create a sculpture garden, outdoor education space, and urban garden for the local community. (Campaign to launch week of November 24)

· Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver, a public art gallery in British Columbia, in partnership with Ballet BC, is seeking funding for a unique art-dance commission from visual artists John Wood and Paul Harrison. (Campaign to launch week of November 24)

· Lagos Photo, an annual photography festival in Nigeria is seeking funding to create a year-round program of exhibitions and workshops. (Campaign to launch week of December 1)

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