Happy New Year
from Kickstart Art!
It’s the start of 2018 and we have some big news from Kickstart Art!
As many of you know, due to economic and political changes, finding consistent support for small organisations on the Thai / Myanmar border has proved increasingly difficult over the last year. Kickstart Art has been operating with donations from our supporters and events, but has been finding it difficult to secure more substantial funding. At the end of November, we ran a record-breaking fundraiser, raising enough in one evening to operate fully for two months - more than we have ever raised in a single fundraiser before, by a huge margin! However, we have been less successful in securing long-term funding.
Due to these circumstances, we will be restructuring how Kickstart Art operates and is managed in 2018. Our Director, Rob Whitelaw, will be moving to London in February, allowing him to run fundraising activities and to meet potential sponsors in the UK. This has the dual benefit of having someone in person in the UK to meet with prospective donors, and allows Kickstart Art to spend the entirety of money donated directly on project costs.
Our Senior Art Teacher, John Khai, has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, and will be taking over the management of the project on the ground in Mae Sot. This also means that - for the first time - our in-school project will be a fully locally-led initiative.
Our Director will remain in a supporting role, and will be focused on fundraising, publicity, and donor relations. John Khai will focus on the in-country management of the project, creating monthly reports that will be collated into information for donors and for fundraising. In addition to this, Kickstart Art will build a Board of Advisers, to utilise a wider network of support: in running events, in project planning, and in fundraising.
As long as Kickstart Art has the funds to continue we will maintain our commitment to the students and schools that we work with. The revised cost of our programme will be reduced to $1,250 per month, which we hope will be a more achievable fundraising target. We unfortunately don't have secured funding for the next few months, but are looking into funding options. Kickstart Art may need to operate a reduced project in the coming months, depending on whether we can raise enough to continue to implement our full programme.
We would like to thank all of our supporters – big or small, new or old – for your continued support, help, and friendship to Kickstart Art over the years. Without you, we would not be where we are today, and would not have been able to change the lives of so many migrant children. Last year, we put paintbrushes into the hands of 1,500 future artists.
Lets do the same this year.
Wishing you all the best for 2018,
The Kickstart Art Team