From Jeff Koons' Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank, Image manipulation: Man Bartlett
Jeff Koon’s balls speak in the name of progress! Fundraising progress that is. AFC’s Master ball manipulator Man Bartlett shows AFC’s current fundraiser results at a little over $2,225.00, which is great news!
For those readers just tuning in, I’m hosting a fundraiser to keep Art Fag City running for the next year. To summarize an email I sent out Friday, (and most of the points made in last year’s campaign):
- My goal is to raise $8,000 by January 1, 2010.
- NURTUREart has generously offered to umbrella Art Fag City under their 501-C3 status so readers can write off their donations. They process all online and offline contributions, and ensure that funds are not used for profit purposes.
- By contributing to this fundraiser, donors are not only supporting the efforts of one blogger, but stake a claim for the value of independent blogs in a climate of mainstream media arts cutbacks.
- Contributors will receive: A ringtone by Travis Hallenbeck. This year’s top donor will receive a limited edition print from Max Protetch artist Saul Chernick.
I know these kinds of fundraising posts get a little tedious, but I urge readers who find this blog valuable to contribute. Art Fag City is a labor of love, not a revenue generating machine, and the content reflects this. Your support means the daily post on this blog are not purely traffic collecting news. A-list artists, gallery gossip and auction results are covered only when they’re relevant and interesting, as opposed to every time a PR agent sends me an email.
I probably don’t have to point this out, but we’ve all seen what happens to blogs when their focus changes to traffic, and the results aren’t good. Gawker’s music blog Idolator released Maura Johnson earlier this year, one of the best critics working today, in exchange for a couple writers who would more willingly focus on Kanye West and Britney Spears. Idolator’s traffic went up, sure, but where’s its substance? I don’t need that kind of money to stay afloat, I just have to eat. Your support helps me do this.
The Maverick Donor (choose your amount)
Or make checks payable to NURTUREart, with Art Fag City fundraiser in the memo. Mail to:
910 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211