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[liberationtech] Kickstarter Expects To Provide More Funding To The Arts Than NEA

Lilly Irani lilly.irani at gmail.com
Wed Feb 29 16:52:41 PST 2012


Also, if you read the article, the quote is actually:
“It is probable Kickstarter will distribute more money this year than the
NEA,”
So 1) this is a prediction 2) this is across all sectors (including fun tea
strainers and coffee cozies), not just the arts

The headline for the piece, repeated in the subject line, is misleading

Kickstarter is really amazing, but we need the facts straight.

On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 4:28 PM, Lina Srivastava <lina at linasrivastava.com>wrote:

> Sorry for the late reply, but inasmuch as the NEA has lately been showing
> interest in innovations in media beyond film and television, into
> transmedia, serious games and educational games, and new media platforms
> for storyteling, journalism, and social networking, this might be of
> interest to some people on this list: Last month, I was on a review panel
> for the NEA Arts in Media grant cycle. I work at the intersection of
> culture, art, medis, technology, and activism, and they invited me on the
> panel primarily due to my work in transmedia design. The applications I saw
> weren't as staid as I had expected or feared, and some were rather
> technologically innovative, even including some aimed specifically at
> social benefit projects. I don't know what will eventually be funded, but I
> was heartened to see what American artists are creating and the dorection
> towards innovation the NEA is taking-- and I thought some American libtech
> projects incorporating creative and cultural elements might actually be a
> good fit in the NEA portfolio, whether for individual grant support or
> through their support of networks of organizations. The main thrust of the
> grants is still for artistic/cultural merit and excellence but the NEA
> seems to be expanding its scope of what constitutes art and culture, so I'd
> encourage some of you on this list to learn a bit more about its grant
> making and organizational support, and think about applying. I'd also
> encourage you think about advocating for the agency's continued health. As
> a country, we kind of need them.  To get back to David's original
> point, Kickstarter, indieGoGo, and other crowdfunding platforms have been a
> huge benefit to the creative communities, but it's a shame we've defunded
> the NEA to the level that its annual budget approximates the daily budget
> of the DoD. We still need a robust NEA for its support of small arts and
> cultural organizations, and its support of free cultural expression.
>
>
> On Friday, February 24, 2012, David Johnson wrote:
>
>> Amazing news ...
>>
>>
>> http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/kickstarter-expects-to-provide-more-funding-to-the-arts-than-nea.php
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-- 
Lilly Irani
University of California, Irvine
http://www.ics.uci.edu/~lirani/
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