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 20,000 artistic projects have raised more than $130 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 Director of Arts at Kickstarter where she oversees the Arts team. Hindle was previously the Director of Gallery and Institutional Partnerships at Artspace and is a current partner at Lower East Side gallery, yours mine & ours — a gallery space she opened September of 2016 with RJ Supa, Courtney Childress, and Nick Rymer. Hindle was formerly the Director at DODGEgallery, a Lower East Side program which she helped open and run. Hindle was raised in London and attended university in Boston.
Jessica Massart oversees the dance and theater categories 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, 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.
Willa Köerner, an advisor to the Kickstarter Arts team, is the Creative Content Director for The Creative Independent, a growing resource for emotional and practical guidance for creative people published by Kickstarter. Before TCI, Willa was the Director of Curation & Content at Kickstarter, managed digital engagement at SFMOMA, and worked as a creative strategist for a wide range of arts organizations. Willa has also been known to write, edit, curate, and create art for all sorts of cultural projects.