Oddly we have had not one response to our dollar for dollar start-up offer to any art institution prepared to be the first to purchase a work for their collection via Kickstarter style funding. This reticence is particularly odd when you find out actor / director Taika Cohen used this system to rake in over $90,000 ($40,000 of it in one day!) to market his film Boy in the United States.
Meanwhile, in the US, Kickstarter is set to distribute over $180 million to projects for the year 2012. Compare this to the entire annual budget for the National Endowment of the Arts stands at $173 million.
So, in the spirit of giving another kick to kickstarting an NZ art museum purchase, we are raising our offer to $400. C’mon guys… there must be something you’d love for the collection… a drawing… a small abstract painting… a photograph? Anyone?