The Parliament to run first Kickstarter fundraising campaign through Oct. 9

On Sept. 9, The Parliament launched its first Kickstarter campaign. The local art organization and incubator decided to use the crowdfunding site to reach a global audience of artists and art enthusiasts, said Parliament vice president Alexandra Dwyer during a news conference today. She added that the organization has raised about $4,000 of its $18,000 goal. The deadline is 10 a.m. Oct. 9.

Kickstarter was also attractive since it offers donors incentives based on how much they give, Dwyer added. Other features include automatic updates on the total raised.

“It’s a really exciting way to fund-raise,” Parliament gallery curator Rita King said. “The deadline is a really good kick in the butt.”

The campaign marks the first time in The Parliament’s three-year existence that it’s asking the community for funds. A group of artists established the organization in 2010 at 116 E. King St. in York. Since then, The Parliament has hosted First Friday events, kids activities, art shows and band rehearsals. Most events are free and are organized by volunteers. Eight artists rent studio space in the building.

Dwyer said the $18,000 will go toward the organization’s existing programs, bolster marketing to reach new audiences and help maintain its facility. The goal is to attract more artists and offer them a place to make and sell art. Another goal is to continue to partner with York area businesses and organizations. If The Parliament does not hit its goal by Oct. 9, it will not receive any of the money raised on Kickstarter.

State Rep. Kevin Schreiber (D-York) opened today’s news conference.

“It is a creative catharsis,” he said of The Parliament. “It’s a community process and project.”

He used his own money to purchase a metal plate engraved with the state capitol building to add as one of the campaign prizes.

York council member Henry Nixon said that he came to The Parliament today to contribute to the campaign.

“I want to do everything I can to continue to support the arts,” he said. “It’s remarkable what the grassroots efforts have done.”

To donate:
Click here to see The Parliament’s Kickstarter campaign. The organization is also accepting checks sent to The Parliament, 116 E. King St., York, PA, 17404.

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