This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.
Adventures in Cardboard seeks to re-inspire creative outdoor play with city-bound youth in uniquely play-focused arts workshops. These are workshops that demand the use of legs and feet as much as hands and head, where artist-instructors seek to unleash a zeal for creative role-playing, and where “wonder” is the preferred path to igniting a passion for design, construction and playful exploration of the natural world.
In Adventures in Cardboard, artists and children take inspiration from the natural world to create their own fantastic places to inhabit and explore. They know that natural spaces open the imagination, and in turn the imagination can open new respect and longing for the natural world. From the work of Richard Louv and others describing “Nature Deficit Disorder” they know children are smarter, healthier and happier when they have time for semi-structured play in natural places.
Adventures in Cardboard also seeks to instill children with a strong experiential notion that any group of kids with an idea is a resource for creative fun that can easily compete with any indoor media. Adventures in Cardboard has a track record of inspiring children to organize their own group summer adventures at home with little more than their combined imagination, a thicket of trees and perhaps a bit of cardboard.
This year thy want to increase participation from families in need by increasing the number of scholarships they can provide, and by offering free transportation to and from a range of neighborhoods across the Twin Cities metro area. Adventures in Cardboard is placing a priority this year on diversifying participation in their summer camps, culturally, ethnically, and by family income. Part of a successful scholarship campaign for AiC will be to effectively market the availability of scholarships and transportation across a range of economically and racially diverse neighborhoods and municipalities in the Twin Cities area.
As of October 13th, this project has raised around $1,000 of their $33,000 goal. This project only has 57 days left to raise the $33,000 or it might not be funded! For a pledge of $50, you will get a t-shirt. For a pledge of $500, you will get a custom cardboard heirloom sword. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/adventures-in-cardboard-scholarship-fund#/