2017 is already promising to be a landmark year for Shunpike, with our inaugural A.C.E.S., the Artists of Color Expo & Symposium, set to run at Seattle Center November 16th - 18th. To help make this event a banner success, our team has expanded with a new Project Manager who will guide this event and future events, while also managing the needs of our Basic Clients. This allows a deeper and more sophisticated level of service and support for our Comprehensive Clients from the rest of our Client Management team, and will allow us to have more direct contact.
In the coming months our systems and IT overhaul will culminate with the launch of a new website. It will include a fully integrated portal for clients, who will be able to access more detailed financial reports with enhanced functionality, and have a one-stop-shop for their most frequently used forms. And just this past April we launched poweredbyshunpike.org, a custom-created fundraising platform. Now our clients are able to share their story with robust editing tools that allow for logos, photos and videos instead of a personality-free credit card form.
We are expanding our nationally recognized Storefronts program in 2017, and we need your help. Storefronts keeps local artists visible in a rapidly gentrifying city, where art is becoming less freely available in the urban space. Our unique program allows artists the ability to leverage other opportunities beyond our exhibition stipends. As we deepen relationships with current partners and forge new ones with emerging cultural groups, we can address issues of racial equity, social justice, and livability through an expansion into forms and locations beyond the vitrine. Will you help us fund More Fronts for Storefronts?