Artrain, Inc. launches CriticCar Detroit’s Indiegogo campaign today. CriticCar hopes to raise $20,000 to fund the development of the CriticCar Detroit App. The app will allow the CriticCar crew to record, edit and upload reviews of Detroit area arts and cultural events almost instantaneously.
The app will also allow CriticCar followers to know where the team is filming and create videos themselves. The Indiegogo campaign went live at midnight tonight — Oct. 1, 2013 — and will remain active through Oct. 31. Visit the campaign directly at igg.me/at/CriticCarDetroit.
An arts journalism initiative using social media, CriticCar Detroit gives voice to creative Detroit by inviting citizen critics – from first-timers to experts – to express their views and opinions about the events they attend. Founded by journalist Jennifer Conlin and produced by Artrain, Inc., CriticCar’s goal is to enliven journalistic arts and encourage conversations about Detroit’s broad and diverse arts and cultural offerings.
Since its launch in fall 2012, CriticCar reviews have been viewed by thousands on YouTube, Facebook and other social media sites. CriticCar has covered over 70 Detroit events, from the traditional to the experimental, such as Art X Detroit, Dlectricity, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, Detroit Design Festival, Hilberry Theatre, Puppet Art Theatre and the Detroit Historical Museum among others.
CriticCar Detroit is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. CriticCar is produced by Artrain, Inc., a nonprofit arts organization that delivers world-class arts and cultural exhibitions and education programs to under-resourced communities throughout the US and Canada while helping to start or strengthen hundreds of cultural organizations.