In the early morning hours of June 13th, the Journal Building at 1540 Market St. was broken into and robbed. The thief took several thousands of dollars worth of cameras, lenses, lighting, and other valuable art supplies.
The Journal Building is home to ArtSpan's Studio Residency Program that serves as a workspace for artists in need of affordable studio space. These artists depend on their work and this workspace to make their businesses thrive. Losing much of their valuable equipment is indeed a detriment to their ability to continue as artists.
Several costly pieces of camera equipment such as:
- audio interface for a dslr, - shoulder rig, - Lowepro camera bag, - Mac laptop, - bunch of hard drives,
Almost everything on this list was stolen from Shane Izykowski's studio. The Cannon Rebel Camera was stolen from one of the other artists in the building.
As you can see the cost of replacing this stuff is astronomical...now imagine that these very tools were what you used to earn that money in the first place and you can get an idea of the problem.
So we are asking people to dig deep and donate what they can. The Journal Building Artists are all very hard working folks that volunteer for ArtSpan and work hard to make San Francisco's art scene the thriving, colorful, and diverse powerhouse that it is today. And right now they need a lifeline. Your help will get them back on track and back to work.