I’ve lived in Bushwick all my life and I can say without a doubt that growing up in a less that wealthy neighborhood has attributed to my outlook on everything. In Bushwick, the arts aren’t fostered and the schools can’t afford to offer any programs. I remember getting yelled a lot in elementary school because I was doodling when I should’ve been doing math. That lack of art and expression in Bushwick is what led to my involvement in Broken Doll Productions, a non-profit arts initiative.
Our goal is to provide a free and safe place where our “campers” can work on their crafts and learn ways to better themselves and better their communities. At the end of the day, we just want everyone to have fun and feel safe, because unfortunately those two things are a luxury that many cannot afford.
Personally juggling school, work and being a board member at Broken Doll is not easy. Learning to balance everything and time management came naturally after a while. Fund raising in general is much harder than we expected. We signed up for Kickstarter twice this year, once in January and again in August. Our first attempt failed miserably. We weren’t attracting enough attention or presenting the right information. In August 2012 we came back with a focus, a video and a link to our website where we featured profiles for everyone working with us as well ass providing constant updates. We got fully funded in August!