As most of you know, we had to close our doors in mid-March due to COVID-19. What we didn't know at that time was how long it would last. Unfortunately, it would mean remaining closed for the next 5 months (April-August). During this closure, we've received minimal financial assistance due to the many requirements that neglected to consider small, new businesses. We weren't generating any income yet we had to cover all of our normal operational costs without any leniency from our property owner. Therefore, as our lease ends in August, we've decided to vacate our current location.
COVID-19 is still a very real and dangerous threat to our community so it's not like we'd be able to safely operate at full capacity anytime soon. We hope to open in a new location in the spring of 2021. In the meantime, we'll be facilitating numerous projects under our This Ain't Free Fundraiser campaign.
In order to move forward with our business and grow in ways where we can better support artists and community members, we're launching this fundraiser.
Our goal is to raise $16,000 by August 31, 2020:
-help cover overdue bills
-help fund projects in the fall & winter
-help secure a new space next spring
We'd like a space that we can help revive, where we can add value and support to our community without pushing anyone out and this takes investment. And we're asking our community to help us make this happen.
Our This Ain't Free Fundraiser campaign has layers. Running a business ain't free. Creating art ain't free. Supplies and labor ain't free. Together, as a community, we can create a head start for so many emerging artists and leaders. Please help us reach these goals by donating below.
Between July 8 - August 31, our community donated $14,135.