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NEA Arts: Breaking Down Walls

Kickstarter founders, from left right: Charles Adler, Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler. Photo by Jon Vachon

In the latest issue of NEA Arts, we look at some of the more interesting projects that marry technology and the arts. One of the most successful examples of this marriage is Kickstarter, which has reinvented the way creative projects are funded. Since the cultural crowdfunding site launched in 2009, more than $450 million in pledges have been raised from over 300 million individuals. As part of our article, we spoke with Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler to hear his thoughts on the impact of his company and why it works. In a conversational snippet that didn't make the final cut, Strickler describes the effect of the Internet on community and creativity:

The web has an amazing ability to align lots of people into larger groups. And you find out that even though you’re the only person in your town that cares about something, on the Internet, there’s a million people. I grew up in a very small town, and things like that are incredibly resonant. It magnifies everything.

I think that creatively, there are lots of things that have come together. Tools have gotten easier and cheaper. If you have a smartphone, you have an HD camera in your pocket. All these things have really opened up the doors for lots of people to do things. There’s a confluence of things coming together that is leading to a moment of high levels of creativity.

Click here to read our full piece on the changing nature of arts funding in the digital age. Elsewhere in the issue, you can read about the effect of transmedia storytelling on the world of theater, learn about the Creator's Project, or watch a slideshow on Sonic Trace, which uses digital media to tell the stories of Latin American immigrants.

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