COAST CITIES — Encinitas artist Manuelita Brown wants to create the sculpture of her dreams. Finding funding for the project, a tricky endeavor in this economy, is the only thing that stands in her way. Her solution? Join the crowdfunding trend.
Brown, a longtime sculptor, once looked solely to private donations, foundations and government grants for her pieces. Due to a down economy, those sources of funding have largely dried up, but a new one has emerged.
Like so many artists in the last few years, Brown recently turned to Kickstarter, a national crowdfunding website where local artists and entrepreneurs can ask friends, family and strangers to finance their projects.
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