April 20, 2014
Charlottesville is officially getting its own Art Park after the community pulled together to fund the vision.
An online Kickstarter campaign was launched April 1 with the goal of raising $20,000 by April 25 to help fund the project.
Organizers have surpassed that amount ahead of the deadline, meaning the park is now a go.
The Art Park will go in an unused space in the IX complex near downtown Charlottesville.
Recently, graffiti artists transformed the wall of a building there into a colorful mural. A road was also painted to look like a river.
The money pledged through the online campaign means even more pieces of art will be on the way.
Some of the ideas include gardens, sculptures and teaching people metal and woodworking skills.
"What we want to see there sometime is a great cultural magnet," said organizer Brian Wimer. "Whether this place is glass walls and marble or whatever, or maybe it looks just like it does now -- we want it to be vibrant, we want people to be there, we want people to be able to afford to be there."
Wimer says it will take more than $20,000 to make it happen.
But he says even more money is on the way.
Since the initial online fundraising goal was reached, a corporate backer will be handing over another $20,000 to make art.
The online campaign will be open until April 25. To view the Kickstarter page, click HERE.