Kickstarter Arts

About (old version w/ team)



At Kickstarter, we help artists thrive. Our Arts team works closely with visual and performing artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions to help them realize their most ambitious ideas. In bringing together a community of creators and supporters of the arts, we champion projects that break new ground, take on important issues, spark 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 a Public Benefit Corporation. This means that supporting the arts and having a radically positive impact on society are central to our mission. Read more about our company values here.


Who we are


Willa Köerner, Director of Curation & Content

Willa leads Kickstarter’s Curation & Content team, which works to bring the stories of artists and creators to ever-wider audiences. Before Kickstarter, Willa 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.



Jessica Massart, Performance Lead

Jessica oversees the Dance and Theater categories, collaborating with both artists and organizations. Before joining Kickstarter, she directed marketing and communications for 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.



Shane Brennan, Arts Outreach Specialist

Shane provides support and guidance to creators in the arts as they conceptualize, develop, and launch their campaigns. Prior to Kickstarter, he was the Assistant Curator at Creative Time. Shane also teaches at NYU and is pursuing a PhD in Media, Culture, and Communication with a focus on visual culture.