Crowdfunding at RIT

Draft 17

 
Draft is an annual student-run publication and exhibition, which has featured the work of photography students at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
 
The editors of Draft 13 opened up submissions to schools throughout the state of New York, and we will continue to do so with this year’s publication.
 
Draft 17 is a collective of artists seeking to construct a visual narrative between the universities of New York State. With a focus on self-publishing and contemporary photography, 17 is a contribution to the on-going conversation amongst emerging artists.
 
The original concept for Draft was created by an RIT professor who challenged a group of students to produce a collaborative body of work outside the curriculum. The final product that first year was a stapled packet of photographs – a magazine as an art object – and a symbol of the creative drive that connected the group. Draft has evolved into a hardcover, limited-edition book and a curated exhibition.
 
It has been the nature of the publication to continue to evolve each year into a larger, more significant publication and exhibition of student work. Draft pushes the boundaries of a student-run initiative, promoting dialogue between students and the world around them.
 
Draft is entirely funded by gifts. A crowdfunding campaign is launched every year in December to generate the majority of the funds. Proceeds from book sales also help fund the project, while leaving some funds in reserve for the next group of editors. Gifts are needed to assist with covering the costs of printing and binding the publication, shipping costs and other expenses associated to the making and selling of the publication.
 
Link to video: here.
 
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