Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise start-up capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable Western North Carolina crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd.
THE STRINGTOWN AMBASSADORS’ MANDOLIN HUNT
“It’s addictive,” says mandolin aficionado Arlo Blaisus of affording onlookers joy as a traveling musician. “It’s everything that I’ve ever wanted, but I’ve come to realize that as a professional musician, I’m going to need a professional quality instrument.” Blaisus — one half of the Stringtown Ambassadors, along with violinist Rosalind Parducci — has been plucking away at his current wooden companion since age 16. Unfortunately, a $4,900 price tag stands between the musician and a hand-crafted masterpiece by Colorado luthier Bobby Wintringham. The Stringtown Ambassadors aim to raise $4,000 by Friday, Jan. 16, to help purchase the one-of-a-kind instrument.
ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE FLOOR
“In order to better support (literally!) the amazing work of the dancers, we need to replace our stage floor,” reads a newsletter from Asheville Community Theatre. “It just won’t do for someone to get a toe stuck in one of the gaping cracks or twist an ankle when landing on an uneven surface.” In addition to safety and aesthetic appeal, ACT says a smoothly surfaced floor will allow for more seamless transitions of sets and props across the stage. The nonprofit is accepting tax-deductible donations here and aims to complete the upgrade before the February opening of A Chorus Line.
“Erotica Asheville is a chance to explore our experiences visually through artistic expressions and initiate a dialogue about sexuality,” reads the event’s campaign page. And “to create a catalyst for genders to participate in an equitable, sexual conversation.” The group art exhibit brings together sexuality-themed pieces by artists Taiyo la Paix, Allie Good, Mira Gerard, Zack Raines and Ren Allen. Suggested donations of $20 per person will benefit the Western North Carolina AIDS Project. Organizers aim to raise $1,500 for the 21 and up opening reception, which takes place at The Asheville Loft downtown, on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. Artwork will be displayed until Saturday, March 14.
Send your crowdsourcing campaign news to firstname.lastname@example.org. A limited number of campaigns will be highlighted each week, at Xpress’ discretion. Campaigns must be locally based and should represent a current project with an achievable goal. Conditions are subject to change. Read about more Western North Carolina projects here.