The Helm has run completely out of funds (we made it this far due to the generous donations artists provided us with for our first show and fundraiser, The Kindness of Strangers). Another fundraiser is upon us. The Tacoma poster/mural project. Sean has drawn up a picture of the Tacoma dome laid into several patterned domes under a bursting sky. The poster is 18″ x 24″ and is limited to 300 signed prints. Surely these great looking posters will make a fine addition to the walls of any household. They are $50 a piece.
Here’s the good part. As if that wasn’t already a steal, each buyer will have their name or business’s name included on a new mural in the downtown area. Roughly 1/3 of the money raised during the fundraiser will be used to build the mural and commission an artist for the project (the other 2/3 going toward The Helm’s operating cost). The Helm will select seven artists as candidates for the project and leave it up to the poster buyers to vote on the artist who will get the project. If all the posters sell, we will be able to afford a high caliber piece of public art to benefit the city and all its people.
We should also point out that as owners of The Helm, Peter and Sean have not made a dime this year and have actually accrued a small amount of debt, so your money is not going into anyone’s pocket. All funds raised will be used to maintain The Helm and cover costs. Acquiring non-profit status is the next step that we plan on taking.
Please consider purchasing a poster. It will keep a locally-focused small arts venue around for another year, beautify our city, and gain you public recognition as a vital supporter of grass roots art in Tacoma. The posters are available here on our website, at the Blackwater Cafe, Tacoma Art Supply, or at The Helm.