Figment NYC Maintains that It’s Not the Group That Organizes SantaCon [UPDATED]

Posted on: December 14th, 2014 at 9:35 am by

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SantaCon 2014, Photo: Gaminette

In response to our piece last week about the elusive organizers of SantaCon (and the 189 comments), Figment NYC today categorically denies any involvement in the planning and/or organizing of the annual bar crawl.

Executive Producer David Koren of Figment NYC maintains the accusations are false, and had this to say to clear the air:

I’m David Koren, the volunteer Executive Producer of FIGMENT. I can confirm that FIGMENT does NOT organize Santacon, and is NOT involved in running it in any way. FIGMENT NYC is a large free participatory arts event that takes place on Governors Island in June each year, and brings over 25,000 people who engage with 3-400 interactive and participatory arts projects, all for free. We also create an artist-designed minigolf course, an arts-oriented treehouse, a collection of interactive sculptures, and a pavilion that is the result of an international architectural design competition. And it’s all offered, to the general public, to everyone from all walks of life, for free. We’ve been doing this since 2007, and hope to keep doing it for a very long time.

But, unfortunately, that requires some funding. FIGMENT is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that is largely funded by individual donations and a few government and foundation grants. Last year, for the first time, we accepted a donation from Santacon. This year, we plan to accept another one. We could certainly consider declining this charitable support, but that would likely affect our free programming in some way, and I’m not sure that our declining the support would have any impact on Santacon. If anyone has any specific thoughts on how we, as a charity that is supported by Santacon, should relate to the event which many feel has gotten out of hand, please email me at davidkoren@figmentproject.org. I’d love to hear what you think!

But no, Santacon isn’t our baby, we’re just a beneficiary, and the money we receive goes to create free arts programming for everyone.

UPDATE: David Koren just announced that Figment is foregoing any donations from SantaCon this year.

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