Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

The French? Supportive?

French arts institutions are getting behind the crowd funding trend. Faced with budget cuts, they took to the people to continue to grow their inventory and protect what they already have. I think the idea of crowd funding for the arts in France is a great idea. There are few things the French care deeply about, and one of them is their history, which is seen often in their art.

What stands out to me is that crowd funding is working so well. I do not see the French as a culture that is supportive and engaged enough to raise these kinds of funds. This article and the funds raised by these institutions prove me wrong and I am happy to see that. I’m curious if other countries in Europe will take this on as well if they have not already.

I’m ready to give funds to protect and preserve some of my favorite pieces. I already “own” a dot in Sunday Afternoon on the Grande Jatte thanks to a creative birthday present from my parents. Are you ready to join the cause?

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7 comments on “The French? Supportive?

  1. laurenelizabethdickel
    October 10, 2014

    Very interesting article and concept here, thanks for posting. So often the governmental support of the Arts is idolized, when in reality the arts are facing cutback every where. I am hoping the the trend will spread !

    On another note I wish you could expound a little on why you think the french culture would not supportive and engaged enough to support such fundraising activities?

    Culture, art included, has high value in France so I am actually not surprised at the level of support found 🙂

  2. gormleykimberly
    October 10, 2014

    Wow, what a great idea! I think would work well in the US, particularly for cities like Detroit. Its certainly a better idea than selling the artwork off! Do you think the same idea would work as well for performing arts?

  3. sarasps85
    October 10, 2014

    Crowd funding is an awsome trend. The other day I saw an article about a men that was trying to gather friends to pay for his PHD. ($1 each). I actually think he got it. On the same line, I believe this is a real trend in Europe, and an effective one!
    A lot of cultural projects are being funded using this kind of strategy. In Portugal I do not see it happening for big Museums like the Louvre or the Musée d´Orsay but there are many other small and original projects happening through crowd funding.
    The fact that it can involve so many people is an interesting characteristic if we think about building new audiences.
    I am sure that most of the people that supported a specific project (even if they only give $1 to the cause) will be interested to follow up…
    Here are some examples in multiple areas (not only the arts) if you wanna take a look:

    http://ppl.com.pt/en/projs

  4. qfloyd
    October 10, 2014

    This is awesome! We just talked about crowdfunding as a means of organizations in our Technology class. Crowdfunding can be a great idea but I still have doubts in the back of my mind of it being overwhelming, especially when you have silly people who raises money for silly reasons (i.e. The potato salad man — https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/324283889/potato-salad). I wonder if the crowdfunding will begin to get over saturated and make audiences loses interest in giving money to the arts.

  5. emkais
    October 10, 2014

    This is brilliant, and quite the testament to French national pride as well as the government’s long-time dedication to preserving, supporting, and promoting French culture. Like Kimberly, I also wonder if this would replicate in other countries or cultures—Russian Ballet, Korean ceramic crafts, etc.

    I follow The Oatmeal (a comic blog) and he was able to purchase Nikola Tesla’s lab and establish a museum using crowd-sourced funds and matching grants. I actually find this particularly interesting because it is the power of a personal blog and cartoonist can become a major force in redirecting funds. Here is a link to the announcement: http://theoatmeal.com/blog/tesla_museum_saved/.

    With the correct framing, audience, and support crowd-funding is spectacular.

  6. jessicamallow
    October 11, 2014

    I can hardly believe that crowd funding is working on this massive scale, to protect internationally important pieces of history. However, is it sustainable? It seems to be working now in lieu of current government funding trends, but will crowd funding sources continue to fund these causes year after year to support annual operating costs? I have to wonder!

  7. cayleycarroll
    October 11, 2014

    I have to second Jessica on whether this crowd funding is sustainable. As a sometimes-fund-contributor I know there is a point where I think I have contributed more than my share and put the cause on the back burner. At what point will these donations slow down?
    It is super cool these art institutions are currently getting the support they need, but I hope they find an alternative way to stay afloat.

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