Victoria Rogers: Kickstarter's Go-Getter
Art fundraiser Victoria Rogers is positively blossoming.
For fledgling filmmakers and cash-strapped entrepreneurs, Kickstarter has become a lifesaver. But, for whatever reason, the fundraising site hasn’t gained much traction in the art world. Victoria Rogers, 25, is out to change that. “Hopefully, one day, people will say, ‘Oh, Kickstarter? That’s the place where all the artists go!’ ” she exclaims. Since joining the company two years ago, the Yale art-history grad and former Whitney fellow has helped the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit come up with the backing for a mural by Andrew Kuo and has worked with the Royal Academy of Arts, in London, to drum up close to $190,000 for an Ai Weiwei installation. The daughter of Desirée Rogers, the former White House social secretary and current CEO of Johnson Publishing, and John W. Rogers Jr., the founder of Ariel Investments, Victoria has long known her calling. In seventh grade, she started an after-school arts program on Chicago’s South Side; today, living in New York, she sits on the board of the public-art organization Creative Time. “I’m interested in how art can empower people. I want to further that cause.”Follow Us:
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