It's all or nothing for The Parliament's fundraising project for its 2013-2014 budget.

The two-year-old nonprofit arts organization has a goal of raising $18,000 by Wednesday, Oct. 9, through the online Kickstarter program that provides incentives to people who pledge donations.

"If we don't get $18,000 in pledges by the (deadline), then we don't get any money," said Parliament founder Alexandra Dwyer, 23, of York City. "(Kickstarter) won't take the pledged money out of people's accounts."

And they won't receive the pledge incentives, including thank you notes, T-shirts, posters, tote bags, original artwork from local artists, and dinner with The Parliament's board director and artists, according to the organization's pledge page at

The incentives are based on pledge amounts, said Dwyer.

The Parliament, based at 116 E. King St. in the city, started its 30-day fundraising project on Sept. 9 and has raised about $2,500 in pledges, she said.

The organization chose to use Kickstarter because it attracts a global audience, she said. The Parliament also posted a video on the Kickstarter website.

"We feel our program and video is strong enough to attract (contributors)," Dwyer said. "And with the incentive program, we can give back to the community that is giving back to us."

The Parliament helps artists - including painters, filmmakers, designers, sculptors and 3-D medium artists - present their work to the public through gallery events, concerts and film documentary premiers.


The organization also rents studio space to eight artists.

Meeting the budget goals means The Parliament wouldn't have to raise the artists' studio rent. The Parliament also will use budget funds to help more artists do gallery events, to offer art programs at local schools, and to keep up with building maintenance costs, Dwyer said.

Dwyer said that she is not an artist, but enjoys helping creative people connect with their communities.

"I have a marketing and business background," she said. "I saw a need in the area for artists to have help with marketing and promoting their work. We help them get what they need to show the community what they've developed.

The Parliament has worked with more than 150 artists, she said.

State Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, will hold a press conference with The Parliament at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 116 E. King St. in the city.

Schreiber will encourage the community to help The Parliament raise $18,000 for its 2013-2014 budget, according to a news release from his office.

To make a financial pledge online, visit The Parliament's pledge page at

Checks made out to The Parliament can be mailed to the organization at 116 E. King St., York 17401. Donations also can be dropped off at the organization's location. All donations are tax deductible.