POST BY: PADDY JOHNSON
Saul Chernick, Three Musicians, 2009, relief print, 13 x 15 inches, Edition of 10
I failed to announce it earlier, but I quit all my jobs this year so I could work on Art Fag City full-time. I was able to do this with the support of the Warhol Foundation’s Writer’s Grant initiative, generous readership contributions and selling advertising space. As I look to the coming year, I know I’ll need your support once more. I can’t maintain Art Fag City on my own — it’s simply too big a task. As such, I'm asking readers who find this site valuable in any way to become micro-donors. A PayPal button can now be found at the bottom of this page.
I should mention that even though I ran a very successful fundraiser last year, launching it a second time has not been any less scary. I worry I won’t be able to raise the funds I need to run the blog, and that the failure to do so will be done in a very public forum. Unfortunately, a lack of other financial options compels this fundraising drive. My goal is simply to raise $8,000 by January 1, 2010.
NURTUREart, an organization that has umbrella-ed Art Fag City under their 501-C3 status, will process all on and offline transactions. This collaboration will allow donors to write off their contributions, and they will also provide the oversight that ensures these funds are used for non-profit purposes.
Following in the tradition of holiday fundraiser blinking skulls, we’ve once more enlisted the help of happy skeletons. Max Protetch artist Saul Chernick generously donated the print at the top of this post, which will be awarded to the highest donor this year. All contributions of $25.00 or more will receive a catchy ring tone by net artist Travis Hallenbeck.
Although I mentioned this during the 2008 drive, I think it bears repeating: Art Fag City maintains a strong web-based presence in an otherwise thin world of fine art professionals working exclusively on the internet. What’s more, the number of independent web publishers is decreasing, while major media continue to struggle in its transition to the web. It’s no stretch to say that the field of publishing will look very different in the years to come. I want Art Fag City to be there as it happens.
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