Just 11% to go! Can you help us get there by Fri?

Know Your City is in the final days of its Kickstarter campaign and we’re almost at 90%!There’s now just 3 days left to reach our goalOur campaign ends Friday night and if we don’t reach it, we won’t receive any of the funds pledged so far. Please pledge now!

To shake things up a little, we’ve added to the list of reasons why you should become a backer: new incentives! Check out our new rewards for pledging: a chance to get both the Comics for Change and Oregon History Comics publications sent to your email inbox ($25), or in print ($50), and 2 invites to our private Jade District tour ($30)!

Oregon History Comics – now an incentive as part of Know Your City's Kickstarter campaign

Oregon History Comics – now an incentive as part of Know Your City’s Kickstarter campaign
Comics For Change! – now an incentive as part of Know Your City's Kickstarter campaign

Comics For Change! – now an incentive as part of Know Your City’s Kickstarter campaign

Now is the time to get those comics you’ve been pining after all year: you can learn all about Portland’s unsung heroes and untold histories all while supporting KYC’s vital fundraising campaign to help us reach our goal.

Rosaline Hui, owner of Portland Chinese Times, talk to group on Jade District Tour – a new incentive as part of Know Your City Kickstarter campaign

Rosaline Hui, owner of Portland Chinese Times, talk to group on Jade District Tour – a new incentive as part of Know Your City Kickstarter campaign

Or, head down to SE 82nd with us for a closer look at Portland’s Jade District. For the second year, Know Your City is teaming up with Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon on two tours, held in conjunction with the Jade District Night Markets. Chat with Portland Chinese Times owner, Rosalie Hui, and visit local businesses and Oregon’s largest Asian mall. This was one of our favorite tours last year – and you won’t want to miss it (we’re only running it 8/15 and 8/22). Now you can get two tickets to the tour if you pledge $30 or more to our Kickstarter. Be sure to check out the short preview video from last year:

Our Kickstarter goal is within reach, but with only 3 days left and 11% to go, we need your help! Here’s three things you can do right now:

  • Take a minute, visit our Kickstarter page and pledge your support
  • Once you’ve pledged, be sure to help us spread the word by sharing this link: http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw to your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Reach out to your colleagues, friends and family and ask them to support the campaign

Join us – every backer will get us closer to our goal. We can’t do it without you!

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4 Days Left, Less than $2,000 to go on Kickstarter!

Over the weekend, we’ve topped 100 supporters on Kickstarter…thank you all so much for your support! We’re closing in on our Kickstarter fundraising goal but we still need more folks to join the ranks of our supporters and pledge now. With only 4 days left in the countdown, we need your contributions to reach our goal or we get none of the money pledged so far!

There are some great rewards! Last week, we posted a video and some photos of beautiful original art by Daniel Duford that was created for our comic on Tom McCall. And on Friday we posted about some of the new incentives we’re offering like a pair of tickets to our upcoming Jade District tours, and copies of our comics sets.

This just in: check out these new photos of Natalie Sept’s amazing, original art for KYC’s comic about Sisters Of The Road Cafe Co-founder Genny Nelson, which you can get when you pledge $100 to our Kickstarter.

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Artwork by Natalie Sept about Genny Nelson, Co-founder of Sisters Of The Road Cafe. The art is available with a $100 pledge to Know Your City’s Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw

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Artwork by Natalie Sept about Genny Nelson, Co-founder of Sisters Of The Road Cafe. The art is available with a $100 pledge to Know Your City’s Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw

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Artwork by Natalie Sept about Genny Nelson, Co-founder of Sisters Of The Road Cafe. The art is available with a $100 pledge to Know Your City’s Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw

 

Natalie’s art comes from KYC’s publication, Comics for Change, in a comic about Genny Nelson, a changemaker in Old Town who opened the Sisters Of The Road Cafe to serve affordable meals for low-income and homeless people. Written by Christen McCurdy, the comic explores Nelson’s involvement in local activism, including her role within the Catholic Worker’s Movement and the vital part she played in fostering an environment of hospitality for the city’s at-risk communities.

Get this one of a kind, locally created original art by Natalie and much more. Explore other rewards, like a backstage Voodoo Doughnuts tour, a pickle tasting, music, tours, stickers, tote bags…and the list goes on!

We’re so close. With just 4 days left, every dollar counts towards sustaining Know Your City—please stand with us by showing your support! If you’ve already pledged, please share our Kickstarter with your networks! Here’s the short link for sharing: http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw. Thank you!

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Artwork by Natalie Sept about Genny Nelson, Co-founder of Sisters Of The Road Cafe. The art is available with a $100 pledge to Know Your City’s Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw

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Artwork by Natalie Sept about Genny Nelson, Co-founder of Sisters Of The Road Cafe. The art is available with a $100 pledge to Know Your City’s Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw

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LESS THAN A WEEK LEFT IN KICKSTARTER: $2,500 TO GO

Know Your City is climbing closer to our Kickstarter goal but there is less than a week left to go and we’re still $2,500 short. Your support is vital to sustaining our operations so that we can continue to provide new art and social justice projects into 2016. According to Kickstarter rules, if we don’t fund our goal fully, then we can’t get any of the generous donations from our loyal backers. Please chip in to ensure Know Your City’s success!

There are some awesome incentives for donating, ranging from pickle tastings and tote bags to comedy shows and tours. Just in are these stellar photos of original art from Daniel Duford’s comic made in collaboration with Know Your City, Tom McCall and the Vortex. If you pledge $100 to support KYC, one of these gorgeous and lush ink-stained pages is yours!

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Duford is a Hallie Ford Fellow known for his “Green Man of Portland” illustrations on Portland’s MAX Green Line and is a professor at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Tom McCall & the Vortex chronicles the life and times of former Governor Tom McCall. The comic examines the legacy of the Oregon politician – including McCall’s well-known visionary environmental accomplishments, as well as some of his political controversies – including his role in the Vortex Festival, a state-sponsored rock festival modeled after Woodstock and Altamont.

For more, see this short video on the comic, with clips on Daniel’s gorgeous ink work.

We need you now more than ever to introduce our new programs, like our oral history project on income inequality, Wage/Working, in partnership with local artists Laura Hadden and Tennessee Watson. We need you in order to expand our youth newspaper project, like the Jade Journal we facilitated at Harrison Park School, to connect more students to their communities. And if we can make this Kickstarter a success, there’s much more to look forward to.

Here’s three things you can do to support us right now:

  • Take a minute, visit our Kickstarter page and pledge your support
  • Once you’ve pledged, be sure to help us spread the word by sharing this link:http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw to your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Reach out to your colleagues, friends and family and ask them to support the campaign

Join us – every backer will get us closer to our goal: http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw. We can’t do it without you!

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8 DAYS TO GO: KICKSTARTER NEARS 75%

We’re so close to reaching 75% with Know Your City’s Kickstarter campaign to support our new projects for 2016.  Our Kickstarter backers continue to grow everyday as we’re currently at 94 contributors (huge appreciation to our backers!) with only 8 days remaining to reach our goal.

One program we’re excited about, which your pledge will help fund, is Wage/Working, which has its grand opening tonight at Portland Mercado (our city’s first and only Latino public market). Wage/Working is an oral history project featuring the stories and sounds of working Portlanders captured in a traveling jukebox. The project intends to discuss income inequality – giving those who earn the least the most time to speak, and those who earn the most the least time.

Everyone is welcome to join Know Your City and artists Laura Hadden and Tennessee Watson tonight for the opening, which is free to the public from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Portland Mercado (located at SE 72nd and Foster Ave).  More information about tonight’s event can be found on Facebook.

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As part of KYC’s Kickstarter, an incentive is to meet with artist Laura Hadden to talk about her Wage/ Working oral history project

One of the many great incentives we’re offering as appreciation for Kickstarter pledges is a special invitation to meet Wage/Working artist Laura Hadden to hear about the project, listen to samples and talk about her creative process. This incentive can be claimed for a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more. This is a limited incentive – and there’s only 4 left so be sure to head to our page and pick one up. Of course, there’s a whole range of other amazing things you can claim for supporting Know Your City today as well, so choose wisely!

Know Your City is now just a little over $2,500 from reaching full funding (with Kickstarter, if a campaign doesn’t reach full funding, none of the contributions are awarded). We can get there with your support so, as a reminder, here’s some things you can do right now:
  • Take a minute, visit our Kickstarter page and pledge your support or increase your pledge
  • Once you’ve pledged, be sure to help us spread the word by sharing this link:http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw to your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Reach out to your colleagues, friends and family and ask them to support the campaign

We know you value Know Your City and that you believe we are providing a vital and important service to Portland. Be a part of making our operations possible and help us keep going strong into 2016. By doing so, you’ll help us in a critical phase —and, of course, you’ll be getting some pretty amazing stuff from us and our generous community of artists and friends, like an exclusive meet and greet with Wage/Working artist Laura Hadden.

Join us – every backer will get us closer to our goal: http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw. We can’t do it without you!
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9 DAYS TO GO: KICKSTARTER UPDATE AT 70%

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Momentum continues to build for Know Your City’s Kickstarter campaign to support our new projects for 2016We wish to express our most sincere gratitude to the *84 backers* who have pledged – it’s amazing to see such community support.

Yesterday, Know Your City was featured in the Portland Tribune (pictured above) in an extensive article about the drive. A huge thank you to Jules Rogers for helping get the word out. Pick up a copy at news boxes now.

The campaign is really picking up steam, and – with your help – we’re sure we can get there. We’ve reached over 70% toward our goal, with just 9 days left to raise just under $3,000. That means we need your help! Here’s three things you can doright now:

  • Take a minute, visit our Kickstarter page and pledge your support
  • Once you’ve pledged, be sure to help us spread the word by sharing this link:http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw to your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Reach out to your colleagues, friends and family and ask them to support the campaign

We know you value Know Your City and that you believe we are providing a vital and important service to Portland. Be a part of making our operations possible and help us keep going strong into 2016. By doing so, you’ll help us in a critical phase —and, of course, you’ll be getting some pretty amazing stuff from us and our generous community of artists and friends (check out this previous blog post for more on rewards).

Join us – every backer will get us closer to our goal: http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw. We can’t do it without you!

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10 days to go: Kickstarter update @ 67%

Thank you so much to our 70+ backers so far who have contributed to Know Your City’s Kickstarter campaign to support our new projects for 2016. We wish to express our most sincere gratitude to everyone who has pledged – it’s amazing to see such community support.

We’re quickly closing in on 70% funded, with just 10 days left to raise the remaining $3,300. That means we need your help! Here’s three things you can do right now:

  • Take a minute, visit our Kickstarter page and pledge your support
  • Once you’ve pledged, be sure to help us spread the word by sharing this link: http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw to your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Reach out to your colleagues, friends and family and ask them to support the campaign

We received a nice boost today thanks, in part, to being selected as a Kickstarter Staff Pick. We’ll be featured on their site for the duration of the campaign. The campaign is really picking up steam, and – with your help – we’re sure we can get there!

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We know you value Know Your City and that you believe we are providing a vital and important service to Portland. Be a part of making our operations possible and help us keep going strong into 2016. By doing so, you’ll help us in a critical phase —and, of course, you’ll be getting some pretty amazing stuff from us and our generous community of artists and friends (check out this previous blog post for more on rewards).

Join us – every backer will get us closer to our goal: http://kck.st/1HQ3Piw. We can’t do it without you!

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