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Support this: Three local crowdfunding campaigns

A flier for New Saturnalia, a series of free, all ages concerts from Fresno psych band Light Thieves. The band hosting a crowd funding campaign in conjunction with the shows.
A flier for New Saturnalia, a series of free, all ages concerts from Fresno psych band Light Thieves. The band hosting a crowd funding campaign in conjunction with the shows. Special to The Bee

There is no shortage of awesome local projects in need of funding.

For instance, these three local crowdfunding campaigns that popped up on my radar in the past week. All are worth looking at, if not fully supporting.

▪ Fresno County Digital Mural Mapping Photobook

Last year, I wrote about Creative Fresno’s ambitious efforts to map out all of the murals in Fresno Country. Now, the group is looking to chronicle those murals in book form. It is looking to raise $4,000 through Kickstarter to self-publish an initial run of the book. The money will “fund research scholar Carissa Garcia for her authorship, muralist and educator F. John Sierra as editor, and muralist and poet Ramiro Martinez’s authorship of the foreword.” Rewards includes a mural postcard thank you (for $5 and up), signed copy of the book ($250 +) or a special dinner and mural tour, plus full partnership in the book (for $1,000-plus). The campaign ends Wednesday.

▪ Mural District Neighborhood website

Sergio and Ashley Cortes are looking for $2,000 to create “a digital town square” for residents and businesses in downtown Fresno’s Mural District. The website would feature crime prevention and other resources, plus an event calendar, business map and FAQs (frequently asked questions) for new residents. The campaign is looking for both individual and business backers. Rewards include everything from a virtual high-five (for $25) to features in the neighborhood blog, e-Newsletter and community video ($500). There is a month left in the campaign.

▪ New Saturnalia: Festival of Light

Local psych-rock superstars Light Thieves are running this Indiegogo campaign in conjunction with a pair of free, all-age concerts they are organizing in December at Tioga-Sequoia. Part 1 happens Dec. 9 and features Light Thieves, along with 1800s, La Niña, Sagey, Dirty Limbs and Sci-Fi Caper. Part 2 happens Dec. 23 when the band will be joined by Strange Vine, Fierce Creatures, Cockamamie Jamie, Sahab and Brother Luke and the Comrades. The campaign is looking to raise $1,500 to help the band press and package its new album on vinyl. Rewards include discounted drinks during the concerts ($10 or $20 for both nights), a compilation CD and poster created specifically for the event ($20) or all that and a Light Thieves tote bag and New Saturnalia T-shirt (for $50). The campaign runs through Dec. 23.

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee

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