ArtSpark is about supporting artistic
creativity in its own right as well as art’s
and artists’ contributions to economic
In order to rally support for the arts
currently, most of the arguments in favor
of funding focus on $$ - like how much
artists contribute to economic
development, the importance of the
Creative Class and the creative
economy (Richard Florida), etc.
Funding for the arts, particularly individual artists,
is dismal here in the US, and has steadily declined
since the “Culture Wars” of the 1980’s under
Meanwhile artists struggle to make a living, even
in a meager way, lack health insurance, etc.
“If I Ran the NEA…”
The tag line of our country’s National Endowment of the
Arts is “A Great Nation Deserves Great Art” and we couldn’t
agree more – unfortunately the NEA continues to be a
marginalized federal agency with insufficient funding for the
arts – and almost no funding for individual artists.
The center image refers to a great LA Times article which
asked individual artists: “If I ran the NEA…”
The mission of ArtSpark is to ignite
widespread artistic expression and
ArtSpark believes that investing in
creativity is essential for community
vitality, cultural wealth, social capital and
Etymology: Late LaKn philanthropia,
from Greek philanthrōpia, from
philanthrōpos loving people, from
phil‐ + anthrōpos human being
Date: circa 1623
1 : goodwill to fellowmen;
especially : acKve eﬀort to promote
2 a : a philanthropic act or giS b : an
organizaKon distribuKng or
supported by philanthropic funds
While there are several aspects to ArtSpark’s use
of social media, we’re focusing this presentation on
micro-funding for artists and arts projects – a
central part of ArtSpark’s strategy.
ArtSpark adds a critically-needed mechanism to
the arts funding landscape via the web: known as
micro-funding, crowd-sourcing or crowd-funding,
The image/photograph captures the old model of
ArtSpark is about SPARKING
ArtSpark includes: participation of fans,
growing audiences, touring/connecting with
new communities, collaboration between
artists, also sharing art via performances,
openings, shows, readings, etc.
Benefits to all partners : artists, arts
organizations, neighborhoods, fans, patrons,
Leading to: new public awareness of how art
and artists contribute to society and that
creativity serves and enriches us all.
ANNUAL $$ to the arts with different levels of
300M Facebook users and 20M Twitter users, so
even 1M ArtSpark participants isn’t too
What ArtSpark will most likely look like????
WORKS FOR INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS AND ARTS
ORGANIZATIONS – PROJECT FOCUSED –
PROJECTS WILL BE LISTED ON
http://art-spark.org AND ALSO…
CENTRALIZED AND DECENTRALIZED
MECHANISMS ACROSS DIFFERENT
PLATFORMS: EXISTING SOCIAL MEDIA
(TWITTER, FB, ETC), ARTS ORG WEBSITES,
VIRTUAL SPACE AND LOCAL/ON THE GROUND.
Differences and similarities with current
online microfunding sites – none focuses
exclusively on micro-funding for artists and
building in collaboration/participation and
ArtSpark learned a lot from these existing
micro-funding sites…THANK YOU!
How you can get involved/participate:
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