Hold down the Fort! Saving Fort Foreclosure

An effort to break the cycle of regular foreclosures and utility shut offs through the exchange of fine art and opportunities.
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William Schaff
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Art
Warren, Rhode Island
United States
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Short Summary

My Name is William Schaff. As most of you here know, I have been a working artist for the the last 20 some odd years or so. I have started this campaign because the studio and home that both myself, and the band, Brown Bird, inhabit is again in Foreclosure. I am looking to make this stop, once and for all, and I am hoping you can help. Please check out the rewards I offer for contributing, and see if there is anything that catches your fancy. I've tried to make sure that each of you, no matter your situation, can be part of this effort. If we are not able to raise all the money, what is raised shall still go towards covering the mortgage, and dealing with the utilities. Keeping the Fort, out of foreclosure. 

  So please watch the attached video, see what you will be getting involved with. Share, and tell your friends. Become a part of the arts in a way you may not have before!

Thank you.

What We Need & What You Get

I still owe $124,000 on the Fort. I am asking $120,000 because even after fees and expenses, I will still be able to put down enough on the principal that the folks in, and around, this building will never have to worry about the possibility of its foreclosure again. Art will forever come from this building!

10% of all money made, after expenses, will be donated to the Innocence Project. You can find more out about that here: http://www.innocenceproject.org/


The Impact

In the past, patronage of the arts was only for the wealthy. Today, we all can help keep art in the world around us. Today we can all contribute in ways both small and large. I know the amount seems large, but even if only 2,500 of the people that follow my work were to donate $50, then this goal can be met. 

Other Ways You Can Help

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have. I will try and answer them the best that I am able. And, also, please, spread the word about this campaign. Spread the word to people you feel would like to experience the art that comes from Fort Foreclosure. Be it the music, or visual, or the chance to have a residency here. Anything you can do to get this out is a huge help. Share, folks. share on all the wonderful different social media sights out there. Start an old style poster campaign! Get the word out.

Finally, those of you who have been to the fort, who have seen what the Fort is like, please, write a testimonial if you can. Let others know what your experience has been, and how important this place is.

Again, we thank you.

Find This Campaign On
$47,812USD
raised by 829 people in 1 month
40% funded
0 time left
$120,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on April 14, 2014
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  • $100USD
    Featured
    Rider screen print

    Signed print of my piece "Trying to remember how it got so late". Printed by Dan Macadem of Crosshair studios in Chicago, Illinois. Go here to view this piece. http://www.flickr.com/photos/samsa1973/10210996876/

    59 out of 69 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $5USD
    A Thank you postcard

    A postcard of thanks, with a sincere, handwritten, note on the back. You can see the postcard here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samsa1973/13056310595/

    44 claimed

  • $9USD
    Original Playing Cards

    A deck of Schaff's original playing cards. If you are not familiar with these fine puppies, you can view them here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samsa1973/sets/72157631671987531/ Each card is individually designed.

    249 out of 500 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $10USD
    "Listening", little book

    My "little book", I'm listening to here, where you are, mentioned in the Neutral Milk Hotel, 33 1/3rd book. Inspired by the song "Holland 1945". Screen printed cover, "zine" style inside. Handwritten "thanks" inside. You can view the pages here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samsa1973/sets/1290574/

    26 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $15USD
    the "Godspeed" book

    The "little book" That Godspeed You! Black Emperor got the images from for their lift your skinny Fists album. "Zine style", hand colored cover. Handwritten "thanks" inside. You can view the pages from this book here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samsa1973/sets/72157623086925102/

    28 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $30USD
    Letter press print

    A 4" x 6" letter press print of the "Begone Sadness" boxer. A personalized note on the back of the print. If you haven't seen this yet you can view it here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samsa1973/10856423726/ 

    30 out of 30 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $30USD
    Fort Foreclosure benefit CD

    A cd of songs recorded by artists I have worked with over the years. These tracks are unavailable elsewhere and given for this project alone. What a great opportunity to collect songs by artists you love that you will never find anywhere else! Included are artists such as (but not limited to) Brown Bird, Dreamend, Haunt the House, Joe Fletcher, Dan Blakeslee, Kid Dakota, Swearing at Motorists, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores and more!

    122 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $50USD
    A donation banner

    A 6" x 1" banner painted to look like those banners I am so often doing, will be made with your name, and be affixed permanently as part of the Fort. A digital photo will be sent to you once it is placed on the building.

    24 claimed

  • $60USD
    Fort Foreclosure Emergency kit

    You get the afore mentioned CD, PLUS the 2 "little books", PLUS a deck of them fancy playing cards.

    102 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $80USD
    Spend a day at the Fort!

    spend a day at the Fort. I can give you art lessons, or we can just create things together but the point is, it is your day. from 9 am to 4 pm. Then afterwards, we wind the day down over at Jack's bar if you like. First round is on me

    20 out of 40 claimed

  • SOLD OUT

    $150USD
    GYBE ATP screenprint

    A screen print from the Godspeed You! Black Emperor curated ATP festival. Limited run made. Signed by the artist. 3 available. You can view the poster here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samsa1973/4924301852/in/set-1247631

    3 out of 3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $150USD
    A Portrait for the Fort

    6" x 6" portrait will be made of you , or a person, or animal of your choosing. With their name in a banner underneath. This will be permanently affixed to the Fort, for all to see.  A digital photo will be sent to you when it is put up on the Fort.

    16 claimed

  • $200USD
    residency, 1 day/ 1 night

    Why just spend the day at the fort? There is guest room in the inner sanctum, so spend the day and the night at Fort Foreclosure. After working the day in the studio, we'll head over to Jack's bar, if you like, then crash at the inner sanctum. You can view the living quarters and more in the video

    3 out of 40 claimed

  • $200USD
    SKYPE session, UNMASKED!

    A 1 hour long Skype session, sans mask. We can talk art, I can read you your favorite children's book, or try to discuss the latest topics in the NFL. Whatever you like. We can figure that out before hand.

    0 claimed

  • $250USD
    Personalized stationary

    A set of personalized, 5.5" x 8.5" stationary designed just for you! Included will be your name, or whatever moniker you would like, and 80 sheets to bring back the joy of letter writing. Or to write complaints to those companies that have always really pissed you off. You can view an example of what personalized stationary looks like here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samsa1973/12933218544/

    8 claimed

  • $360USD
    Mail art of the month club

    Want twelve pieces of mail art mailed to you throughout the year? Well, at this level, each envelope or postcard is hand created -- individual -- just to you. No one else will have one that looks like it. You can see what my mail art looks like here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samsa1973/sets/1247708/

    24 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $800USD
    residency, 5 days, 5 nights

    Ever wanted to live the life of an artist, but maybe felt you weren't creative enough? Do you have creative impulses you don't utilize, but always wanted to try? Spend 5 days and nights at Fort Foreclosure. I will work with you in the studio. Teaching you the foundations, or helping grow something you are already working on. You will stay in the guest quarters shown in the video, and we will share the common area upstairs. Evenings at Jack's across the street, then back to work the next morning.

    2 out of 10 claimed

  • $1,000USD
    The art of Foreclosure

    From any one of the following mediums..Scratchboard, Ink, mixed media, of my own take on the struggles of foreclosure, and trying to keep one's home.

    1 claimed

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