Ladies and germs, at last the time has come for me to announce an amazing development in the life of your favorite inside-out art museum:
ArtAround is about to expand. Although we’ll continue to sow the art-rich soil in DC (and, in fact, will be expanding our work here), within the next few months, we’ll also have open door to public art all over the country — starting with San Francisco.
Background: In the winter of 2011, I began to reach out to folks working on online, interactive platforms for public art, including then-current Code for America fellow, Anna Bloom. Anna had worked with developers across the country on a public art mapper, and when we reconnected in February 2012, she expressed interest in expanding her work through the Bay Area by way of ArtAround. Several months of scheming later, Anna brought a Kickstarter campaign to life, and 206 folks helped us raise almost $10,000 — an amazing feat that, sadly, was not enough for us to make our goal.
It was, however, enough for an angel donor to take notice.
With only 10 hours left on the Kickstarter clock, we were contacted by Converse, Inc — yes, that Converse — and informed that they would like to help. The conditions? No co-branding, no sneaker-spots, no advertising, no browser cookies…Only that we reward the people who tried to support us at the pledge level they contributed, and that we make ArtAround San Francisco happen.
And that’s just want we’re going to do.
It’s with great pride that Anna and I unveil that ArtAround San Francisco will be a reality. We’ll be spending the next few months in development and look forward to keeping you up to date on our progress here on the blog and through Twitter and Facebook.
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