Women’s history crowdfunding campaign launched
Statues.com launched its crowdfunding campaign to bolster public recognition of trailblazing women in American history by creating a first-of-its-kind 20-piece statue collection.
The “Where are the Women: Shaping Women’s History Through Sculpture” launch event took place at the Impact Hub in Salt Lake City, featuring a two-story historical art display of large-scale photographs, videos and live sculpting. The first three statues of the new collection were unveiled, including Susan B. Anthony, Juliette Gordon Low and Ida B. Wells. Additionally, a panel of experts addressed female visibility both past and present.
“It’s extremely important that women who have made a difference in the world we live in are visible,” said Salt Lake City mayor, Jackie Biskupski, in a video played at the event. “More of those stories need to be revealed, more youth inspired, more women stepping up and leading. Our voices matter and I think the world would be very different if more women were leading.”
The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Art Inventories Catalog has estimated that out of 5,200 public statues in the U.S. depicting historical figures, less than 400 are of women — many of which are nameless and allegorical in nature.
“For more than forty years, our family has played a key role in shaping history through sculpture,” said Victoria Karpos, custom project coordinator for Statues.com. “Recognizing the gender gap within our own industry, we decided now was the time to create a special collection highlighting the extraordinary women in America who have fought diligently for the rights of all.”
Karpos has a crowdfunding goal of $30,000 for the collection, which will feature 7-inch tall busts of 20 trailblazing women from the 19th and 20th centuries who made an impact across politics, education, science and the arts. Once in production, the statues will be similar to others that the company has sold at the Smithsonian and other museum gift shops across the country, including Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln, Ben Franklin, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King and many more.
For more information, visit the Kickstarter link at https://kck.st/2M1eLCR.
GOED to partner with Utah Center for Financial Services
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, or GOED, and Utah Center for Financial Services announced a partnership to expand and grow the financial services industry in Utah.
Under the new partnership Utah Center for Financial Services, or UCFS, will identify opportunities for existing and new financial services businesses in Utah, strengthen the state’s financial service cluster, develop online resources on the advantage of locating to Utah and collaborate with stakeholders. Stakeholders include financial service trade associations, federal and state banking regulators, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, investors and other industry professionals.
“The Utah Center of Financial Services knowledge and experience will be a great asset to Utah and will strengthen our state’s financial industry,” said Val Hale, GOED executive director. “We welcome this long-term partnership and collaboration to support this key industry cluster that is critical to the state’s economy.”
UCFS is an independent research center which partners with the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. The focus of UCFS research is on the dual-banking system and the role of state-chartered banks in the United States. Financial services cluster is one of the six key industry clusters that GOED supports. The cluster includes commercial and industrial banks, credit unions, fintech businesses, insurance organizations and other financial service enterprises.