A cyber bake sale for artists
It often feels these days as though large-scale, big-budget popular culture has taken over the arts. A Broadway ticket can cost over $400; a Hollywood movie is judged a failure if it doesn’t gross $100 million in its first weekend. But browsing around on Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites is a heartening reminder that there’s another side of the arts in America. It’s a grassroots, do-it-yourself, Frank Capra-esque culture, culture that is “popular” in the true sense of the word – directly from and for the people.