Campaign Introduction

Help us transform a once negative space into a welcoming sculpture park.

Sculpture at Keene Airport

by Jen Risley

  • $3,045

    Funding Goal
  • $3,613

    Funds Raised
  • Sep 2020

    Ended
  • Target Date

    Campaign End Method
Raised Percent :
118.65%
This campaign was successful! 😃
Keene, NH

Jen Risley

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Campaign Story

Friends of Public Art, (501-c3), needs help to raise funds for a sculpture that will transform a once negative space into a welcoming sculpture park, providing a peaceful place for all in our community to enjoy. This sculpture, designed and created by local artist, Adam Schepker, will be placed at the Keene Airport near the newly formed labyrinth. No maintenance is required for this sculpture. It is completed and ready to be mounted in Fall 2020.

We have approval from the City of Keene and the Keene Airport to house the sculpture. The sculpture will immediately benefit residents of Cheshire County and the Monadnock Region and the park is open to the public. There is no religious or political purpose in this overall project.

Community members like Taryn Fisher, Craig Stockwell and Erika Radich have written letters of support for the sculpture park and are available for review.

Any funds raised above the goal will go directly to the funding of another sculpture and necessary tools associated with the current labyrinth projects (IE. flyers, marketing material etc.).

A Note about the Artist:

Adam Schepker has been creating public art pieces over the last decade. One of his most recognized pieces is a bench made from bicycle parts that is displayed in the green corridor behind the Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene. Adam is also is a lead organizer and instructor for ‘Immersion in the Arts” the summer arts program in Harrisville, NH. Adam considers himself a sculptor first and foremost, but, for his day job, he works in the wood shop making looms at Harrisville Design.

A Note from the Artist:

PLAY, this word is at the heart of what I strive to portray or encourage with my work/sculptures. I make large participatory sculptures out of wood, stone and metal. I try to make sculptures that bring a joyful sense of play to everyone with a particular focus on adults. I feel adults lose their childhood sense of fun and joy due to their adult responsibilities and some strange code of conduct that many adults feel tied to. My main inspiration for this sculpture was the relationship of the modern engineering and geometry found at the airport and nature’s beautiful design surrounding it. My creative process was really about trying to find a harmonious way to display the beautiful steel base plates donated by the airport.

Rewards

$25

Print of Sculpture

Anyone who donates $25 or more will receive a 5x7 print of the sculpture

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$28

$28 Gift Card - Locally Made Stuffed Animals

At Pear Tree Studio in Harrisville, NH, a collaborative group of local women have been designing and creating unique products made from recycled sweaters since 1989. Lush natural fibers including wool, mohair, cashmere, angora and alpaca are re-purposed into animals, blankets and various wearables. All animals are stuffed with recycled shredded polyester and lined with cotton tee-shirts.

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$50

$25 Tera Nova Gift Card

TERRA (noun. ‘ter·? Latin, literally “earth”.)

NOVA (noun. ’n?·v? Latin, “new”.)

Terra Nova Coffee roasts organic coffee in our barn, tucked among the rocky hills of the Connecticut River Valley in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. You’ll find us roasting small, fresh batches, made-to-order every day of the week, and sometimes into the starry night — just so we can get it to our customers at it’s absolute peak quality. As a family-owned and operated roaster, we pay close attention to our process; from sourcing to receiving, roasting to packaging, we ship 100% USDA organic coffee with care, expertise, and attention.

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$75

$50 Machina Kitchen & ArtBar

The Machina Kitchen & ArtBar is an organic farm-to-table restaurant, craft cocktail, live music venue and art gallery energizing the creative economy and building community in Keene, NH.

Tuesday - Friday 4pm-9pm / Saturday 12pm-9pm

Open for Pick-Up, Indoor Seating, & Outdoor Seating!

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$75

The Machina Kitchen & ArtBar is an organic farm-to-table restaurant, craft cocktail, live music venue and art gallery energizing the creative economy and building community in Keene, NH.

Tuesday - Friday 4pm-9pm / Saturday 12pm-9pm

Open for Pick-Up, Indoor Seating, & Outdoor Seating!

The Monadnock Food Co-op is a community-owned grocery store and deli in downtown Keene, NH, focused on providing local, organic, and sustainable products.

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$115

Locally Made Stuffed Animal

At Pear Tree Studio in Harrisville, NH, a collaborative group of local women have been designing and creating unique products made from recycled sweaters since 1989. Lush natural fibers including wool, mohair, cashmere, angora and alpaca are re-purposed into animals, blankets and various wearables. All animals are stuffed with recycled shredded polyester and lined with cotton tee-shirts.

0 backers

$200

Portrait session, in studio or on location by Lisa Arnold

Portrait session, in studio or on location and one print; 8x10” matted for an 11x14” frame

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  • 25-08-2020

    Start with a BANG!

    Wow! Thanks you all, in just two weeks we have raised 94%

    Together we’re leveraging the power of crowdfunding to make wonderful ideas happen — projects that support a local artist and allow a once negative space to hold art in the Monadnock region is amazing!

    Our sponsored rewards from Monadnock Food Co-op, Terra Nova and Machina Kitchen are already sold out! We hope that other local businesses will donate rewards to support this campaign, too. Please feel free to mention this opportunity to your favorite locally owned business. We even received a $250 donation from Bensonwood in Walpole, NH! if you don’t know their work, You should check them out! www.Bensonwood.com

    Please help us spread the word about our campaign by sharing our this link today: http://c-fund.us/qb9

    A BIG thank you to the TLC Monadnock for offering this opportunity. TLC Monadnock is a community-based crowdfunding platform that empowers individuals to support the businesses, organizations, and initiatives that grow wealthier and healthier communities in our region. Look to them if you need support on your next project!

    On behalf of Friends of Public Art and beyond,

    Thank you all again for your support!

  • 06-09-2020

    Only 5 More Days!

    There has been HUGE success with the funding of this sculpture!

    I am so happy to say we have gone above and beyond our expectations! The artist, the project founder and myself are extremely grateful for the funds that have been contributed and we look forward to the install date hopefully this fall! The 5×7 photo of the sculpture you will all receive will be sent once it is installed in its final home.

    Since hitting the goal, I have started coordinating with the Parks & Rec. Dept. to schedule the install date. I will keep you all posted on the process of that.

    The additional funds raised over the goal will go to support the other sculpture which will be going up at the airpot. This sculpture was funded by the Putnam Foundation in 2019 and I was just informed a week ago that the foundation fees for which the sculpture will sit were not covered. It turns out we have a large sum over what we need so that should not be a problem to support the other sculpture installation! Hooray!

    Take care!

  • 12-09-2020

    We did it!!!

    Thanks to all of you, this sculpture will now be apart of Keene! This piece will be a permeant fixture to the region and can be viewed forever!!!

    Bright lights like these are what give me hope for community and the future!

    Stay tuned for the instillation date. Once the sculpture is installed I will take a photo which will be mailed out to all of you gracious folks!

    With love, hugs and gratitude,

    Georgia Cassimatis

    Founder of Friends of Public Art

  • 13-10-2020

    Updates! W are getting closer to the installation!

    Hi Everyone,

    I wanted to share where we are with the project! Katie Schwerin, Adam Schepker and myself have been in conversations with Parks & Rec. and Public Works about the install of the sculpture. We are currently hammering out the details on:

    Insurance for install day needing to be scheduled
    Contracts needing to be signed between the artists and the City of Keene
    Confirming there are no ground pipes/wires where the install will be
    A final City Council meeting to confirm the transition of ownership of the sculpture
    The install date is set to tentatively be in mid November of this year….so long as weather does not interfere!
    I will make sure to update everyone when we are confident on an install date!

    For now, here’s a picture of my dog, Milk, looking out to Mt. Washington 🙂

     

  • World Refugee Day

    Join Badger, Project Home, and Monadnock Mindfulness Practice Center for a special community event honoring World Refugee Day on June 20

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-refugee-day-celebration-keene-new-hampshire-tickets-356643980747

    About this event

    World Refugee Day on June 20 is a day designated by the United Nations to celebrate the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. Each year, communities come together to build empathy and understanding for refugees’ plight and recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.

    When: Monday, June 20, 2022, at 5:00 pm ET (rain or shine)

    Where: The Mt. Monadnock Labyrinth and Peace Pole, located on Airport Road, Keene NH

    What: Community celebration of World Refugee Day – FREE to the public

    Who: Mohammad Saleh, local activist and Project Home co-founder

    This event will feature a special address from Mohammad Saleh, a local activist and Project Home founding member who has been an active participant in efforts on immigration and clean energy issues. A member of the City of Keene’s Human Rights Committee, Saleh is a 2019 recipient of the Micah Hero Award given by the Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP)for his activism exemplifying just action, love of mercy, and humility.

    Participants will be invited to walk the stone sculpture of the Mt. Monadnock Labyrinth to reflect on and deepen their internal experience of compassion and recognition of struggling people in our community and beyond.

    “In 2022, the worldwide focus will be on the right to seek safety, making this is such a critical time for us to come together and call attention to the plight of refugees, knowing that we can do something in our community,” says Katie Schwerin, Badger’s Co-Founder and Chief Mission Officer.

    In addition to helping organize the local World Refugee Day event, Katie Schwerin is an active participant in Project Home, hosting a refugee family in her home since 2020, and was the driving force behind the construction of the Mt. Monadnock Labyrinth.

    Other local organizations concerned with the plight of refugees and providing support for the World Refugee Day event include Keene Immigrant and Refugee Partnership (KIRP), Team Monadnock Neighborhood Support Team for Afghan Refugees, Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, and Monadnock Food Co-op.

    About Project Home

    Project Home was formed three years ago to support asylum seekers held in detention by offering an opportunity to live in local communities as they await a hearing on their asylum cases. The name was chosen deliberately. Home is not simply housing. Home includes a community where security, safety, and the basic needs of food, health care, and shelter are respected. In the last several years, six sets of families and/or individuals have been hosted in private homes in the Monadnock area. With the support of generous hosts and volunteers, the group’s hard-working guests have been able to move away from trauma toward hope. www.projecthomenh.org

    About Monadnock Mindfulness Practice Center

    Since 2002, the Monadnock Mindfulness Practice Center has provided the Monadnock area a quiet environment to learn and practice mindfulness, the art of bringing one’s full attention to the present moment. A cornerstone of mindfulness practice is compassion. In that spirit, the Center placed a peace pole at the airport labyrinth with engravings that acknowledge the wish that each person finds happiness, health, safety, and peace. https://mindfulnesskeene.org

Name Campaign Location Date
Anonymous , June 20, 2020
Carol Sotiropoulos Monroe, NY September 08, 2020
Anonymous , September 01, 2020
John Brandon Brooklyn, NY August 29, 2020
Sharon Meng Fairfax, VA August 27, 2020
Anonymous Keene, NH August 26, 2020
Ellen Glasser Owings Mills, MD August 26, 2020
Suzanne Bansley Keene, NH August 26, 2020
Ben Row Wells, ME August 22, 2020
BENSONWOOD , New Hampshire August 22, 2020
melissa delprete Lake Worth, FL August 19, 2020
Lisa Sieverts Harrisville, NH August 18, 2020
Ricki Carroll Ashfield, MA August 17, 2020
The Burman Keene, NH August 17, 2020
Peter Majoy Keene, NH August 17, 2020
Janet Gordon Marlborough, NH August 17, 2020
Barbara and Lew Azzinaro Reston , VA August 17, 2020
Mark and Myra Rebillard Keene, NH August 17, 2020
Erika Radich Spofford, NH August 16, 2020
EVEANN CASSIS New York, NY August 16, 2020
Elizabeth Haddock Dublin, NH August 16, 2020
Elizabeth Haddock Dublin, NH August 16, 2020
Monica Marshall Keene, NH August 16, 2020
Elene Cassimatis Eastport, NY August 16, 2020
Jennifer Risley Keene, NH August 15, 2020
Nikki Sauber Keene , NH August 14, 2020
Peter Poanessa Keene, NH August 14, 2020
Kathleen Burke Keene, NH August 14, 2020
Dan, Jamie, Jack, & Laurel White Keene, NH August 14, 2020
Christopher Hamilton Gilsum, NH August 14, 2020
Marcy Schepker Harrisville, NH August 14, 2020
Bruce Elliot Keene, NH August 14, 2020

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