As most of you likely already know, our Kickstarter campaign ended one week ago, and unfortunately, we did not raise the funds necessary to independently publish "Home: Cheyenne River."
First and foremost, we want to extend our thanks to the 127 people who backed us. Together, we raised nearly $11,000 in pledges, and that's nothing to sneeze at. We're proud of our campaign. We learned a lot from the experience, and regardless of the funding outcome, we believe in the merits — and the future — of our project. We've also been deeply moved by the number of supporters who have reached out to us in the last few days, letting us know they're behind us all the way.
So we're writing this update to let you all know that the end of the Kickstarter campaign does not mark the end of the journey. Far from it. This project has been part of our lives for the last two and a half years, and we're committed to seeing it through.
At the moment, our "Home: Cheyenne River" art exhibition remains on display at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Two other venues have expressed interest in hosting the show, so we're going to work together to take "Home" on the road. To support the exhibition, we're preparing to assemble an exhibition catalog that will contain all 30 images and all 30 pieces of text by Cheyenne River youth. Our plan is to make that available through an online publisher, so interested parties can order it directly.
Hopefully, that little book also will serve as a tool to engage potential partners or a boutique publisher, so we can pursue our long-term vision of producing a large coffeetable book with approximately 100 images from our project, and 70-80 pieces of the teens' creative writing.
We've recognized that this journey is not a sprint. It's a marathon. But we know that with resourcefulness (and plenty of sheer stubbornness), we can bring "Home: Cheyenne River" across the finish line.
We'll keep you posted on our progress through this blog and through our Facebook community (if you're not a member of the FB community, please join us). And, if you'd like to support CRYP's endowment fund in the meantime, please consider purchasing fine-art prints through this website. Fifty percent of proceeds benefit CRYP! All you need to do is click on "Photography" and select photos to buy. All landscapes and images with unidentifiable people are available for purchase.
Thank you again for your friendship and steadfast support. It means more to us than we can say, and it lifts us up as we forge ahead.