Help us Celebr8 our 8th Anniversary! We just held our 24 hour fundraiser and are a little short of our goal. We know that some folks couldn't make it our to the fundraiser but still want to show their support in another way. You can help us reach our goal!
Part of the budget we are raising money for are items that would make the space operate more efficiently. New hardware for installing gallery exhibits, a projector with wifi connection, along with updated tools in our wood-shop that are safer and easier to use. With 20 members in our studio space we go through a large amount of consumables. Rotating shows every couple weeks means we go through a lot of paint and a lot of labor.
From a business perspective the simple option would be to raise rental rates. But I know if we did this we would lose the demographic I feel most compelled to work with, support, and represent. Emerging artists have very few spaces to show their work, try out new ideas, or get experience installing an exhibit. This is especially true in Rochester where I feel the majority of representation in established venues is dependant on the ability of the work to sell. The Yards was once that accessible space for me, I want to continue that legacy and keep our space as economically feasible for emerging artists as possible.
Another big chunk of what we are raising funds for is to continue our low cost programming. We have a number of folks that volunteer their time to strengthen the space, which we are grateful for but want to start compensating these class facilitators for the work they put in.
We are also in the progress of developing a Teen Ambassador program that will give teens a peek into the art world and how community spaces function. We hope to share tools to build self confidence, engage with arts consumers, and leave us with basic sales and community engagement experience.
Some funds we are earmarking for three sponsored exhibits focusing on new media, installation, and performance works. We want to also offer two scholarships to our Collaborative Residency Program that will enter its 7th year of operation this January.
We hope this month you will help us as we look ahead to the future and Celebr8 the past!