May 07 2014

Crowded: Keytar Bear Fundraiser

Posted by Crystal Germond on May 7, 2014 6:52:00 AM | 1 comment | Crowded

Recently a local street performer, Keytar Bear, was punched in the face (twice!) in Faneuil Hall, a place both deeply connected to our history but often removed from resident's everyday experience. This incident, which broke his keytar but not his spirit, could've been a sad example of a side of Boston too often mistaken for the whole. Community builder Abigail Taylor of Workbar and a group of fans, strangers, and fellow artists have rallied around their neighbor to do the right thing.

Apr 14 2014

Crowded: Violinist Rhett Price

Posted by Crystal Germond on Apr 14, 2014 4:14:00 PM | 0 comments | Crowded

Crowded is our series on artsy crowd-sourcing campaigns. Although we've seen our fair share of Kickstarters and Indiegogos, Violinist Rhett Price's Kickstarter campaign stood out. The words “intimate” and “considered” come to mind. He is in it for his supporters and fans, it seems, in addition to his dream of making his first album.

Mar 10 2014

Crowded: Cadenza

Posted by Crystal Germond on Mar 9, 2014 10:20:00 PM | 0 comments | Crowded

When we conceived this series, Crowded, we aimed to spotlight local arts crowdsourcing campaigns, in part, because they speak uniquely to the kind of city we are: smart, innovative, and supportive. Cadenza couldn’t be a finer example: like our beautiful skyline, it is both ambitiously modern and rooted in the classics. “An orchestra in an app,” this project lit us up with that fluttery feeling. I guess you’d call it “promise.”

Feb 10 2014

Crowded: Chris Padgett and Bled for Boston

Posted by Crystal Germond on Feb 9, 2014 9:28:00 PM | 0 comments | Crowded

In April 2013 Christopher Padgett, a Salem-based photographer, sat waiting his turn in the lobby of a friend’s tattoo shop, Good Mojo Tattoos of Beverly. It was just weeks after the 117th Boston Marathon and Chris was among many others getting tattoos “to memorialize the lives and innocence lost due to the bombings.” Good Mojo would be donating their proceeds of the Boston-themed tattoos to The One Fund, and Chris was struck by the magnitude of it all—of the events of the Marathon, the aftermath, and the hundreds of people moved to commemorate the city and people they loved in such a unique, personal way.“Too often we see a persons tattoo, but don’t have the time or courage to learn the story behind it,” he says. He decided to help tell these stories by photographing the people and their tattoos and calls the project Bled for Boston. I spoke with Chris about this project and his current Indiegogo campaign to publish a book of the portraits with proceeds benefiting the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Jul 06 2013

Spotlight On: 19th Amendment

Posted by Kyle Thomas Hemingway on Jul 6, 2013 8:00:00 AM | 0 comments | Crowded

[Editor's note: we're kicking off a new series of blog posts (clever name pending) profiling groups from past Punch Bowl Funds, highlighting their current projects—especially any crowdfunding they might be undertaking. And we're excited to welcome Crystal Germond to the Opus Affair blog as the author of this series.]

Remember the lovely Amanda Curtis and Gemma Sole? You might have made their acquaintance back in May, when their company 19th Amendment participated in the Punch Bowl Fund. The Boston-based virtual showroom takes their slogan, “Democratizing Fashion,” seriously. Not only do they provide a “platform and portfolio tool for fashion designers to showcase their work” but we, the consumers, can vote on designs and provide feedback as well as purchase exclusive, wearable works of art!


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