Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Public Works of HeART Kicks Off First Campaign

Ignite! 2012 winner, Public Works of HeART, has kicked off their first mural crowd-funding campaign, giving some Gamecock spirit to a local water tower while feeding the hungry.


The target of the first mural campaign? An eye sore of a water tower located next to the Gamecocks new golf facility in Cayce. The plans for the mural are to display an attractive mural of a Gamecock golf player silhouette along with signage for the location. The mural can be viewed all around the area along with flights coming into the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Not only will this campaign bring recognition to the University of South Carolina and solve an eye sore problem, but will also raise money for a great cause. The project is funded by crowd-sourcing, where people can purchase two square-feet of mural for $25. A portion of the proceeds will then be donated to the Harvest Hope Food Bank, with the potential of donating a total of $50,000. 

The initiative launched on September 23, and has already received attention from local news outlets such as WISTV and the Daily Gamecock.

Innovative, multi-faceted ideas such as this are exactly what Ignite! - EngenuitySC's annual knowledge economy celebration - is all about. The creation and advancement of ideas like Public Works of HeART are vital to the success of Columbia and the Midlands region. 

If you have an innovative idea and want to bring it to fruition to help our community, we encourage you to enter the Ignite! 2013 Ideas Contest. Three finalists will present their ideas to an audience of 500 at Ignite! 2013 and will be voted on to win $5,000 for the execution of their idea. Now solidify your plan, pitch it, and good luck! 

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