Jasmine Maki, Forum News Service, Published September 21 2013
NDMOA launches Kickstarter campaign to fund bringing Spirit Lake exhibition homeGRAND FORKS – The North Dakota Museum of Art is following the trend and launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their next venture.
The museum’s project, which began Sept. 13, hopes to raise money to bring the Songs for Spirit Lake art exhibition back to its home on Spirit Lake reservation.
The exhibition was created with funds from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant.
“One of the things we’ve come to discover is that half of the students that enroll at the (Cankdeska Cikana Community College) take art classes,” said Matt Wallace, associate director of the museum. “Art is fundamental to many of the tribal members, so realizing this, we put together a proposal for six artists to make contemporary artwork about Spirit Lake.”
Songs for Spirit Lake, a large multimedia exhibition, was created. The exhibition opened May 24 at the foundation’s gallery in Chelsea, N.Y., and now, the museum wants to bring it home.
“This exhibition is about Spirit Lake, is done in conjunction with people from Spirit Lake, and in general, is just a beautiful exhibition,” Wallace said.
With the Kickstarter campaign, the museum hopes to raise the funds to bring the exhibition back to North Dakota and open it at a temporary space at the college. The money raised would go toward converting the college’s maintenance bay into a temporary art space for the exhibition.
“There’s a lot of work to do,” Wallace said.
In order for the project to be successful, the museum needs to raise $10,000, which would go toward the installation of the walls, lighting and artwork, as well as shipping, artist travel and marketing.
If the museum doesn’t reach their funding goal, they will have to adjust the entire exhibition. “But, we feel very positive about it,” Wallace said. “Just in the first three days, we raised $3,300.”
To contribute to the North Dakota Museum
of Art’s Kickstarter campaign, visit www.ndmoa.com.