In Search of Spacious Skies

$2,585 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 27 days
Corey Michael Smithson  KANSAS CITY, MO

“IN SEARCH OF SPACIOUS SKIES”

Would you like to take part in a life-changing endeavor?

I’m at an exciting crossroads, both personally and creatively. I’m 43 years old, sober for over four years, newly single, about to be homeless, and completely unanchored. Rather than sinking into despair, and in keeping true to my aesthetic philosophy, I’ve decided to see this as an opportunity for adventure, exploration, volunteerism, and artmaking. It’s time to leave Kansas City, my household, and my comfort zone, and venture out into the great unknown. So, in early May, I will strike out alone on the open road … making a full-bodied leap of faith, trusting my fate, and continuing my lifelong search for truth and beauty. Your support can help me go explore America’s landscapes, reveal its hidden splendors, befriend and help its people, and seek out moments of grace in the most unexpected of places.



I’d like for you to travel alongside me, every step of the way … together we can witness extraordinary events, meet fascinating characters, help those in need, and treasure the glories of the everyday. Towards that purpose, I intend to document my experiences, writing and videotaping and photographing as I wander at will over this marvelous continent. I will share my findings, much in the same way I did during my journeys through India and Puerto Rico. I’ll be posting regularly to my Tumblr feed ( http://coreymichaelsmithson.tumblr.com/ ) and Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/CoreyMichaelSmithson ), and eventually collecting my anecdotes into another book.




Every contribution, no matter how great or small, is profoundly appreciated. Every single buck gets me another mile down the highway.


Your gift will be returned in the form of essays, photographs, poetry, videos, and the knowledge that you are helping me distill the very essence of who I am as an artist. And your generosity will be paid forward, too, in whatever assistance I can render to others.



At the end of this odyssey, this starry vision quest, I will find my new home. Any remaining funds will be used to help me establish a residence: getting into an apartment, setting up utility bills, et cetera.

Thank you so much for your ongoing love and support. More than anything else, I’m looking forward to sharing what I discover with you. It will be as much your journey as it will be mine … please help me provide you with a window to the world.



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Update 2
Posted by Corey Michael Smithson
18 days ago
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A very deep THANK YOU (!!!) to everyone who’s been purchasing my art! Between the GoFundMe campaign and offline / mailed contributions, I’m already over halfway to my total project goal! You guys are awesome! “IN SEARCH OF SPACIOUS SKIES" is more than just a road trip. It’s an attempt to reconnect with a fractured and vulnerable America ... to hunt for its hidden beauty, befriend its people, find meaning in its rituals, and document its overlooked treasures. Your purchases mean more than just support of my work … they represent an opportunity for us all to rediscover this country together. Let’s go for a long drive!
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Update 1
Posted by Corey Michael Smithson
24 days ago
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THANK YOU, everyone, who has been supporting “IN SEARCH OF SPACIOUS SKIES”! From the bottom of my heart, thank you! I am deeply grateful for your kindness, amazed by your generosity, humbled by your faith in my work, and more committed than ever to making this project take flight. For those of you who have contributed, I've been shipping your gifts out via the Post Office over the last few days, so keep an eye out on your doorstep for any suspicious packages. For anyone else who is thinking of helping this project along ... I’d like to leave town with as little artwork remaining in my possession as possible, so now’s the time to snatch it all up at bargain-basement prices. I embark upon our grand adventure in one month!
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$2,585 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 27 days
Created March 28, 2017
Corey Michael Smithson  
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$50
Rebecca Woods
23 hours ago
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Keep making amazing art work! Wishing you a creative journey on your road trip. May it take you to places that inspire and rejuvenate your heart and soul.

AH
$40
AndySteph Hornback
1 day ago
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$200
Anonymous
1 day ago
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MF
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Mary Feane
2 days ago
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AZ
$75
Andy Zimmermann
3 days ago
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My contribution toward payment for all the wonderful writing!...and photos, and paintings...I'm looking forward to reading about your next adventures. All best!

$40
Angie Marcelynas
4 days ago
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My blue apple looks great. I love it! It arrived safe and sound today in Seattle. You are loved and I wish you happy travels!

CP
$50
christine prestininzi
5 days ago
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CP
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christine prestininzi
7 days ago
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TS
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Terry Smithson
11 days ago
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Love you, brother. I hope this journey brings you magical experiences and helps you find yourself.

$250
Anonymous
17 days ago
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