Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby Launches Crowdsourcing Campaign Where Individual Gifts Will Be Matched By the Philadelphia Brewing Company
The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby has partnered with the Kensington-based Philadelphia Brewing Company (PBC)
to raise money for this year’s 8th annual derby on May 17th through a
crowd sourcing campaign on the popular fundraising site, Indiegogo.com.
The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby is a fiercely local, wacky design
competition and parade of human-powered vehicle “floats.” The Indiegogo
campaign will go live on Tuesday, April 22nd and will run through May
16th, 2014. NKCDC chose to launch the campaign on Earth Day to
underscore the event’s celebration of sustainability and bike-powered
Recognizing that a crowdsourcing campaign is not a traditional way to
raise revenue for this kind of event, NKCDC (the event’s organizer)
Executive Director, Sandy Salzman says, “This event started as a local
economic development initiative. It is about supporting local businesses
and showcasing the neighborhood in a genuine light – its creativity and
spunk. Soliciting large, national sponsors for the event just doesn’t
feel right. It is our goal to keep the event local, authentic, free and
true to the neighborhood. The Indiegogo campaign is a way to ask folks
who love this community and this wacky event to support it through small
The goal of the campaign is to raise $10,000 to support the growing
costs of the event, which now attracts over 10,000 people to the
Kensington/Fishtown neighborhood each May. The Philadelphia Brewing
Company will match every donation to the campaign up to $5,000.
“We love this neighborhood and we love the Derby. Since 2001 we have
invested in Kensington’s revitalization by bringing high quality
manufacturing back to the ‘Workshop of the World.’ And since its start,
we have supported the Derby, even entering one of our own kinetic
sculptures alongside our neighbors,” says PBC owner, Nancy Barton. “We
are hoping to incentivize others to support this unique community event
through a pledge to match every gift dollar for dollar.”
In addition to the match, PBC is offering a fun experience for
donors. Individuals who donate $500 or more can “Be Laverne &
Shirley for the Day,” and work the bottling line with a friend at PBC’s
historic brewery and take home a case of their favorite brew. Other
campaign “perks” include limited-edition photographs of the neighborhood
by local photographer Meredith Kleiber and gift certificates to
Fishtown favorites, Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream.
To access the Indiegogo campaign, visit: www.igg.me/at/kinetickensington
For more information about the derby, visit www.kinetickensington.org.
About NKCDC: New Kensington Community Development Corporation is a
nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the Kensington,
Fishtown and Port Richmond neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Our mission is
to strengthen the physical, social, and economic fabric of the
community by being a catalyst for sustainable development and community
About Philadelphia Brewing Company: Decades of brewing experience
and an unwavering passion for the science of brewing are what define PBC
best. They skillfully create their recipes by using only the best
ingredients available. By adapting old world beer styles with modern
brewing techniques, they have developed unique flavors that represent
Philadelphia proudly. They operate in the oldest and largest brewing
facility in Philadelphia where they brew fresh beer daily and deliver
fresh beer daily — directly to their loyal customers. With more than a
dozen different styles of ales and lagers brewed annually they have a
beer for every discerning palate.
Take a look at this video by Newsworks from the 2012 Sculpture Derby!
Check out this awesome video by Andrew David Watson!
The Trenton Ave Arts Festival is a project of The East Kensington Neighbors Association (EKNA). EKNA is an all volunteer run resident group seeking to create a forum for neighbors to meet and take action on improving their neighborhood. FOR MORE INFORMATION on the TRENTON AVENUE ARTS FESTIVAL go to www.trentonavearts.org
More Info on KKSD
View the YOU TUBE Video by Daniel Kent
Frequently Asked Questions are here.
Please see these websites to get some history on the beginning of Kinetic Sculpture Racing.