Welcome to Kickstarter! This article will point you toward some of the Kickstarter Arts Team's favorite resources, tips, and tools when making a campaign in the Arts, Photography, and Fashion categories.
Whether you're printing your first photobook, making a sustainable sportswear line, or building a new monument for your community, see how some of our favorite past creators priced their rewards, planned outreach, and made their project possible.
- As a first step, we recommend checking out our Creator Handbook.
- If you’re a student of art, we’ve collated some helpful resources, guides, and tools to assist you with your Kickstarter campaign.
- We’ve also collated some guides, tools, and tips to help non-profit organizations.
- These artists and photographers share their tips on preparing for your project, planning your rewards, building a community, and maintaining momentum.
- Make sure to check out this creative person’s guide to thoughtful promotion from our friends at The Creative Independent too.
- Visual artist, Emma Kohlmann, talks about becoming comfortable with the idea of being an artist.
- Robin Cembalest, an editorial strategist, shares tips for using Instagram as an artist.
- Artist, Shantell Martin, opens up about how sharing her creative process with supporters has helped inspire her practice. She also spoke with our colleagues at TCI on finding self in drawing.
- In 2009, Rob Gorski bought an island on Craigslist. In 2011, he ran a Kickstarter project to turn Rabbit Island into an artist residency.
- We asked ten artists what social practice means to them, and about its importance during this pivotal moment in time.
- Artist Risa Puno used Kickstarter to build an escape room to address social inequality in the USA, check out this conversation between her and Justine Ludwig.
- Looking to extend your practice beyond the gallery and sharing your thoughts in a practical context? Here are 5 product design and manufacturing tips — for artists.
- In 2018, we reached the milestone of 2 million backers pledging $100 million to projects within the Art category.
- Check out this piece by our Senior Director of Arts, Patton Hindle, on why artists should be allowed to fail.
- And lastly, be sure to read this creative person’s guide to feeling healthy.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, take a look at the Art Explore page. We’ve also shared some of our favorite projects below:
- Pope.L, a visual artist and educator, used Kickstarter to call attention to the Flint water crisis by bottling contaminated Flint tap water and selling it at What Pipeline in Detroit.
- jackie sumell, an artist, organizer and abolitionist, created The Prisoner’s Apothecary to help us rethink America’s reliance on punishment and control. The apothecary is designed by prisoners and described as a “Plantbulance” (a mobile healing unit).
- The Royal Academy of Arts brought Ai Weiwei’s Tree sculptures to London. They used Kickstarter to give as many people as possible the opportunity to be involved.
- Amplifier’s campaign, We The People, worked with activist artists to create a series of images that ‘capture the shared humanity of our diverse America’, for the inauguration and beyond.
- Creative Time, a public arts non-profit, helped artist Risa Puno debut her largest public project in the form of an escape room that examined issues surrounding social dynamics.
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Ready to take the plunge and start your Art project? Go ahead and begin building it now - we're excited to see your creative idea come to life!