Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
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?