Who we are
The Kickstarter Arts team works with visual and performing artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions to help them realize ambitious projects. By bringing a global community of creators and supporters of the arts together, we champion ideas that break new ground, elevate meaningful dialogue, and offer imaginative opportunities for public engagement.
To date, over 10,000 artistic projects have raised more than $70 million on Kickstarter across the art, dance, photography, and theater categories.
Kickstarter is also a Public Benefit Corporation, where we place our mission of bringing creating projects to life above the interest of shareholders. Maintaining a radically positive impact on society, especially for the arts, is a part of our defined goals. Head here to learn more.
Patton Hindle is the Senior Director of Arts at Kickstarter, where she oversees the Arts and Performance Arts team whose specialists work closely with visual and performing artists, arts organizations, museums, and cultural institutions around the world to help them realize creative and ambitious ideas. Hindle was previously the co-founder of Chinatown gallery yours mine & ours and the Director of Gallery and Institutional Partnerships at Artspace. She is a co-author of the second edition of How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery and a 2019 Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellow at 92Y Women inPower in New York. Hindle was raised in London and attended university in Boston.
Jessica Massart is the Senior Lead for dance and theater projects at Kickstarter. She collaborates with artists and organizations on crafting campaigns from the video and story to strategic outreach planning. Before joining Kickstarter, she directed marketing and communications for the likes of On the Boards, Performa, and the French Institute Alliance Francaise. She has also provided management for award-winning companies such as zoe | juniper and The Builders Association.
Daniel Sharp focuses on public art, political art, and photography projects at Kickstarter. As the Outreach Specialist on the Arts team, his work ranges from initiating conversations with potential creators to coaching projects before, during, and after launch. Sharp was formerly the founder and curator of a university public art organization, D/ART, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is published in the Agora Journal of Urban Planning and Design.