Crowd funding is something that businesses, charities, and communities use to make something happen. It runs on the idea that, with a little bit of support from lots of people (a crowd!), there is a fund created to make a joint aim a reality. The aim for our crowd funder was to get enough money to move our gallery to a larger premises - to pay for plumbing, and flooring, and paint, and a few beers for our volunteers, which in this instance, included me.
It is worth noting that, whilst we pay our staff, we actually only really survive on the voluntary hours we and our volunteers put in. There is, trust me, no lining of pockets! And so we thank our crowd funders but we also thank our volunteers (some of whom were one and the same).
We are always interested in opportunities to produce exciting arts based projects in unusual spaces and with other groups and organisations. We have done street festivals based around books, put together event days, worked with other, larger festival organisers, delivered schools projects and workshops and this summer sees our first ’summer school’ - the Rhapsode Summer Studio, in collaboration with Waddle and Jam.
So thank you to all our supporters, and especially to Venice Shone who has held it all together over the moving weeks. Whilst we get support, we also get the opposite, and her resilience and determination (and ability to deal with me) have been heroic. A massive high five to her and to everyone, and I hope to see you at the party. Get your dots at the ready.