Chandler Branch's Blog

So close we can smell it

June 6, 2013 - New ASL gallery/café under construction. Café area is to the right in this photo. Thanks to Linda Mueller for photo documenting our progress!June 6, 2013 - New ASL gallery/café under construction. Café area is to the right in this photo. Thanks to Linda Mueller for photo documenting our progress!
We're nearing the final stages of building our new gallery/café hybrid at 1223 Pine Street in downtown St. Louis. I'm more convinced than ever of what a huge amenity this project will yield for artists and audiences in our community. Seriously, I find myself at a loss for words (if you can believe that) to relay my enthusiasm and growing sense of anticipation. So I'll just put it this way: I think we're creating something very special here, a place our community is going to love--and I use the word "love" deliberately as I believe that's how people will feel about this place. Even in a city blessed with an abundance of arts destinations, this will be utterly unique, a place where local talent is continually celebrated in an inviting way.

Next week marks the launch of an exciting Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign we've prepared to sprint to the finish in our fundraising efforts for this project and to build awareness for our opening in July. Part of what makes Kickstarter unusual and exciting is that it's an all-or-nothing funding platform. Art Saint Louis must collect enough pledges through Kickstarter to reach our goal by July 13, 2013, or else our donors' credit cards will not be charged and no funding will be generated. But that's not going to happen! We're confident in the generosity of the St. Louis community and the value of this project.

The idea with our Kickstarter effort is to earn interest and support from a broad slice of our community, mostly in the form of small campaign pledges. The average campaign pledge on Kickstarter.com is $25. And thanks to our café partners, Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters, we'll be offering some fantastic perks to our Kickstarter backers (rewards are an important part of the Kickstarter culture). Pledge levels start at $20 and include FIVE delicious, locally-roasted coffee beverages--hot or iced, lattes, dark or light roasts.... And many other rewards await Kickstarter backers who pledge more.

Stay tuned...

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