Like art? Prove it

An abandoned storefront, a handful of young artists and two years turned Prove gallery into a cultural force, and now they want to take it to the next step.

Using the popular crowd-funding website, the artist cooperative is seeking $5,000, and its campaign will end on Oct. 28. According to the gallery’s campaign page, $1,000 will go toward obtaining 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, $2,000 is earmarked to renovate the gallery’s work space and the remainder set aside to pay artists’ stipends, according to the campaign page.

Perks for contributing include a personalized, hand-written “thank you” with a hug (for those who will accept a hug), mix tapes, vinyl, figure drawing classes or even a print from Patricia Canelake, or an original painting from Adam Swanson.

Prove gallery describes itself as a cultural organization dedicated to the role of art exhibition as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Its stated mission is to foster appreciation of contemporary arts and provide cultural exchange, networking opportunities and educational outreach through interaction with contemporary arts.