LP launches “BUY A BRICK” on Kickstarter

How do you put cash value on a 12-year successful model of community development? You don’t. So BUY A BRICK instead: LP survives.

LP is in danger of losing its new space. We seek support through Kickstarter for implementation of a sustainable strategic plan to ensure it thrives for another 12 years.

“As Long Island City goes through its changes and becomes less an artist area, it’s all the more important to have organizations like Local Project in existence and functioning well as a gathering place, an exhibit place, a place for the education of artists.“ Jeffrey Leder, Director of Jeffrey Leder Gallery.

LP has been in a transition since moving from the 5Pointz building and we need to raise at least $6,100 by July 15th, 2014 to meet the 50% rent hike.

Your Local Art Space

The next year of LP programming includes:

Mentorship for new curators and artists in creating exhibitions. More than 2000 people will contribute their voice to the LP experience.
Continued partnerships and student internships with the Information Technology High School in Long Island City and MoMA to ensure all ages have access to the arts.
Events: Monthly exhibitions; Music series; Video screenings; Dinner talks; Spoken word and poetry nights and Performance series.
A co-working space that not only offers locals a place to work, but also serves as an “artistic incubator” of sorts for people to expand their network and make connections with other members of the citywide creative community.
Creative affordable workshops in areas of technology, professional development and the arts, DJ, web development, LED and photography.
The Vision

LP is an innovative model for community development through art, connecting people across national and social boundaries.

Buy a Brick, Create a Culture

“I chose to give back to LP because it has provided me with so much and asked for so little in return (this is possibly to its own detriment). LP is one of the few truly benevolent art institutions with which I am familiar in the city. When you witness something with potential you try to do as much as possible to ensure that it will flourish. Unfortunately, there are but a small number of people who do most of the work with very limited resources; so I volunteer to help.”

Gifts include:

A personalized brick on our supporter’s wall with your name on it and a limited edition “I Bought a Brick” vintage tee.
A copy of the Crossroads CD recorded live at LP’s 2014 Poetry & Music Festival. Your name will be listed on the CD as as an LP supporter.
One month of co-working space at our creative office.
You can have or curate your own show in the new Local Project Space. Your show will last 2 weeks and will include an awesome opening.
One-of-a kind handmade lamp by local artist Cristian Daniel Torres and original artwork by Annalisa Iadicicco.
The Truth About LP

Spanning 3 spaces and 12 years in Long Island City plus Terminal 1 Gallery in Santiago Chile in 2012, Local Project has hosted over 200 exhibitions featuring more than 1,100 emerging artists from all over the world and 350 bilingual educational sessions on subjects like performance, video, and portfolio-building.
Offshoot programs created by board members in collaboration with LP include: Music under the 7, Fluid New-Media lab and eL Paper magazine, The Fancy Fox.
LP’s story was featured in Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces 1960 to 2010 (MIT Press, 2012).
LP plays a vital role to celebrating the individual artist as the bridge between hundreds of local artists and several LIC community spaces including: The Falchi building and The LIC Flea, and Material for the Arts.
Make your gift today! Local Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Join us!

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