Wow! That was fun. We had over 20 people be part of our crowdfunding campaign this last month, and we are currently working on getting their rewards packages together. We raised over $2,500 of donations through our campaign just through social media. We got a no interest loan of $10,000 from family, and 1st Source gave us an SBA loan for the rest. So, we are funded and ready to go. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us, believed in us, donated, volunteered to paint or guided us in the business plan. We are incredibly grateful and looking at mid February to open.
Now we are on to stocking the store, getting classes lined up with instructors and furnishing the space with tools and equipment for members to use.
As we get started as a creative coworking space that offers classes and has a gift shop, the list of things we need grows. We will be purchasing whatever we can with money from our crowdfunding campaign, but donations of these goods help just as much.
Below I tried to break down what we needed into categories. If you would like to help by donating an in kind gift, I can set you up with the same perks our fiscal sponsors get. We need all the help we can get. If you have any of these items to donate, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with details. Thanks.
Renovations: 2 pendant lamps, 12 wall mount light fixtures, replacement flourescent lights, 10 gallons or more primer, 10 gallons or more white or nuetral paint, paint rollers, brushes, painting tape and drop cloths, scrapers, shop vac, broom and dust pan, garbage bins, cleaning supplies, mop, rags, bucket
Furniture: sturdy 4 ft. round or rectangle tables, metal folding or stacking chairs, counter tops, shelving, check out counter, stools
Ceramics area: sturdy tables, drying shelves, large or small kiln, throwing wheel, modeling tools, brushes and glazes, cleaning buckets, sponges
Metal working: work bench, bench pin, saw frame, anvil, hammers, metal stamps, disc cutter, carving wax, tumbler, glass bowls or beakers, tweezers, files, polishing cloths, hand tools, Dremel drill and polishing tools, steel grinder, crucible, craft oven, butane torch, soldering gun, solder, soldering station with gravel
Textiles: sewing machines, iron, ironing board, cutting mat, cutting tools, pins, needles, embroidery hoops, rulers, scrap fabric and thread or yarn
Printing: 20x24 screen frames, exposure light, wash out sink with hose, squeegees, scrapers, brayers, emulsion, remover, screen fabric, inks, lino or rubber blocks, tape, cutting tools, hinge presses, drying shelves and tables
Laser and die cutting: desktop computers, silhouette or cricut machines, laser cutter, software, materials for cutting like acrylic, wood, paper, vinyl, cardstock
Plants: air plants, moss, sand, rocks, soil, activated charcoal, watering cans, misters, spray bottles, pots, spoons, funnels
Jewelry making: bead mats, pliers and wire cutters, bead reamer, cup bezel, wire, necklace chain, string, lace, beads, clasps
Painting: brushes, rag cloths, easels, utility sink, cups or water jars, paint, canvas, oil paints and supplies, cleaning soaps
Drawing: light table, rulers, sharpeners, pens, pencils, markers, erasers, tracing paper
Digital: scanner, copier, desktop computer, camera, 3D printer
Wood working: compound miter saw, circular saw, hand saw, sanders, files, drills, screw drivers, measuring tape, T square, lathe, widdling and carving tools, scrap wood, hardware, nails, staple gun, staples
Candle making: stove, sink, melting pot, form, measuring cups, funnel or pouring cups, wax, wicks, scented oils
Leather working: cutting tools, cutting mats, leahter stamps, hammers, punches, setting tools, finish, rivets, snaps, waxed thread, stitching awl, awl, leather needles, scrap leather
Glasswork: butane torch, jewelry kiln, glass cutter, etching tools, glass rods or tiles, leading, flux, solder, stained glass materials, enamel powder
A month ago this idea was only shared through a few conversations with other artist friends. It's quickly grown since my holiday show craziness has ended. We have found a space to rent, created our website, Facebook page, and mailing list, gained a lot of support, started our business accounts, filed as an operating business, and found that this town is just as excited as I am to have another creative space. I still have to stock the store, buy equipment, get insurance, put together our class schedule and draw up a ton of papers. On top of that, the wonderful space we got needs a little help to look good.
You can see, there's lots to do. But I'm hoping with some work days with friends and community members and some crowd funding, we'll have the space ready to shop, take classes and use for coworking by February. It may seem audacious, but I know we can do it.
To help us get started, please donate to and share our crowd funding campaign with everyone you know. Thanks, and we hope to have some wonderful updates for you soon.