Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Miles Davis Memorial Project
launches IndieGoGo campaign

Hoping to accelerate the pace of raising money to put a statue of legendary trumpeter Miles Davis in downtown Alton, the Miles Davis Memorial Project has turned to online crowd-funding via an IndieGoGo campaign.

Funding levels for potential supporters range from $1 up to $5,000, with rewards including various sorts of imprinted swag (buttons, T-shirts, can coozies); commemorative bricks and blocks to be placed around the site of the statue; and some higher-end packages, such as one including an original print of Davis by artist Jin Kan, and, at the $5,000 level, one that includes a bronze maquette of the Davis statue being designed by artist Preston Jackson.

Jackson, who grew up in Decatur and now lives in Peoria, has taught at the Art Institute of Chicago and created numerous works of public art in Illinois and elsewhere. His statue of Davis will be placed in front of the Lauschke Building at 117 W. Third St. in downtown Alton. (Davis was born in Alton in 1926; the family moved to East St. Louis the following year.)

The Miles Davis Memorial Project IndieGoGo campaign has a goal of $25,000 and will continue through Thursday, September 4. Unlike some other crowd-funding services such as Kickstarter, IndieGoGo allows for partial funding of projects, so that money pledged will still go to the campaign even if the overall goal is not reached.

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