Put the "school" back in Art School Girl

I first hesitated about posting this kickstart project for a couple of reasons. One, wouldn't we all want to go to an art camp in Sweden and be taught by one of our idols, and two, posting this might set a precident and three along with the focus needing to be with the recent natural disasters. But then I watched the video, and near the end of it I seriously sobbed. I sobbed because part of me wishes I was in her shoes, and because I can just sense that Amy Rowan of Art School Girl will truly be thankful for this opportunity (you can just feel it). And along with these disasters, I also think, life is so short. They say dreams can come true and wouldn't we all just love to make that happen for someone? Check out Amy's kickstarter project page here. Good luck Amy!

A graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Amy has degrees in both fine art and graphic design. Check out Amy on the internet:
  1. etsy.com
  2. twitter.com
  3. flickr.com
  4. facebook.com

Jan Halvarson


Maxabella said...

I am not sure how I feel about using social networking in this way. I wonder if someone like Amy would put the hat out outside the train station in her local town? Proabably not, but this is really just the same thing.

That said, I hope she makes it and I'm glad you're doing your bit to help her get there. x

Kara Marie Riley said...

that is awesome.

Megan V said...

That is really sweet. I hope she gets to go!! I'm surely not in a position to help but I really love the idea of being able to help people in that way when I am eventually able! She'll have an amazing experience if she goes!

tiel said...

i agree with Maxabella. it's a well made campaign, but there's just something about it that makes me feel it isn't right.
I'd jump at that course too.
And Amy seems like a really lovely person.
Right now I'm so focused on helping those who have been caught up with all the natural disasters, esp in my community.

Jan Halvarson said...

Tiel, i thought of that - i did. but with all these disasters, i also think, life is so short. I have adjusted my post to reflect that.

Anonymous said...

The cynic in me is reeling right now - there are many many people who have to work their tails off to get what they want in life. This is no different than peddling on the streets in my eyes. In light of all the recent natural disasters, and the state of our economy, I could never dream of begging people for money to send me to Sweden for art camp! I wouldn't be able to live with myself knowing that I begged strangers for something like this. Work hard and earn it yourself.

Amy Rowan said...

Hello Jan & the Poppytalk community,

Thanks for opening up this dialog. I've been working on my campaign for three weeks now. When I launched on Friday the first news of the Earthquake was just hitting my ears. To say the very least my launch was inopportune. As my campaign picked up momentum the news coming from across the world got worse and worse. The disconnect in emotion for me was glaringly present. Full of hope and love with this campaign and full of loss and despair for the victims of yet another incredible natural disaster. My heart aches at the lives lost and devastation, as I know yours does.

Re: Giving
Each year at tax time my accountant shakes his head and smiles in disbelief at the large amount of my small income I've donated. He doesn't understand that what drives me is passion (and love) not money.

I personally love the platform of Kickstarter. I can donate a few dollars and get a reward for my support while being able to watch somebody's story unfold or dream come true.

Thank you all for having a look at my video and having this discussion.

Amy Rowan