Presenting: "Basking Dragons" Art Space

Chubsydragon Creations will create a safe space for affordable learning and creativity through art that uplifts marginalized communities. My goal is to have a small studio and gallery space where a group of local artists will display their work and teach regular classes in the space. Students will also be able to display their work if they wish to show off the pride they feel in their creations. I hope to grow community and provide a joyous place of creation and camaraderie.  I have located a perfect spot to begin this journey, within the halls of Sanford and Son Antiques in Downtown Tacoma. I am asking for $2000 in startup costs to cover 1st/last month's rent so that I may secure the space, and to assist with painting, decorating, and display costs to really get started. The beginning years of this project will be an opportunity for small art businesses to get together and reach out to their community directly.  After three years of doing shows, conventions, and events, and with more than a decade's experience in retail, sales, and teaching/tutoring, I long to do more. My art is available in galleries and tea houses, something I never thought possible, and now I want to offer artistic opportunities to other marginalized artists. It was difficult getting into this industry, gaining the confidence to promote and sell my work. I want to lift up other artists, I want to help them gain the confidence to put themselves out there, and the resources to get their start.  Now is a perfect time to begin. Pierce county has a wonderful and thriving artistic community and I want myself, and those of us who may struggle to find a place within the "mainstream" to be a greater of a part of it.  Help me make Black History!


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Chello Collins 
Tacoma, WA
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