I found this bit of news very telling about the future of the arts. As a successful user of Kickstarter myself, and a big advocate of crowdfunding, I may be a little biased, but it’s ridiculous to assume the importance of art is very little when crowdfunding has proved that it’s very important to our lives. If Kickstarter can distribute more money (not directly, but through its users), to the arts than the government can, what does that say about the system and whether it really does serve the people in this respect?
One of the company’s three co-founders, Yancey Strickler, said that Kickstarter is on track to distribue over $150 million dollars to its users’ projects in 2012, or more than entire fiscal year 2012 budget for the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) [in the U.S.], which was $146 million.
Speaking of Kickstarter, shout out to Kickstarter backer, Brian Miller! A fellow VFS alumnus. Your name is much too simple to make any stupid puns or jokes with. It’s as American as it gets. Like you. Was that a joke? You decide!