Remember when I wrote about the inspirational and exciting downtown Phoenix project, Valley of the Sunflowers, a little over a month ago? Well, this is what it looked like a few days ago, seeds planted. The seedlings are sprouting and, in fact, since I took this photo, the lot has been covered with straw to deter the downtown pigeons from snacking. There is also now a call for artists to design scarecrows, too. So, in a couple weeks, I’ll go back and photograph the lot again.
This project is causing a lot of excitement. They do have grants to pay for the first season but are trying to fundraise for future seasons. They have a Kickstarter for this project but, with only a few days to go, they are running way behind. If the full amount of $15K is not raised by October 24, the funds that are pledged will be forfeited. With Kickstarter, you can donate as little as $1 to make a difference. Do you know about Kickstarter? It’s an innovative way to raise funds for small creative projects and I’m surprised this one has raised so little…I’m hoping they have some high rollers planning on donating at the last minute. Check it out to see what projects are in your area but you can donate to any project, anywhere, and this would be a great one to start with.
This video they put together for the Kickstarter is so positive and fun, it’s only 2 minutes long, so check it out if you freaking love sunflowers…or art or urban revitalization or education or Phoenix…
These are their goals:
– Demonstrate art can create a transformative educational experience for local students
– Demonstrate art can reduce urban blight by beautifying vacant lots
– Demonstrate art can be a catalyst for sustainable energy
– Demonstrate art can bring excitement and inspiration to downtown Phoenix
You can also read about their progress on their Facebook page.