Let's FORGE Memphis
Forge will be art space + fabrication shop where visionaries produce prototypes, artists explore new media, hobbyists complete personal projects and entrepreneurs build solid business models around their products.
We'll work like a gym with tiered levels of monthly memberships and workshops, but instead of exercise equipment we'll provide co-working space and tools for creative production: from 3D printing to ceramics, electronics to woodworking.
We even have a gallery - that will double as conference and training room by day - where we can host events and exhibitions, and showcase what arises from interdisplinary innovation and inspired collaboration. All in 12,000 square feet on historic Broad Avenue, Memphis' burgeoning creativity district.
We're part of the Maker Movement - the next industrial revolution - and have spent months hammering out our own vision so that we can help you forge yours.
Now we need your help! We're roughly $12,000 away from being able to open v1.0 and hope you'll get us halfway there.
These funds will cover remaining basic startup costs required before we can open our doors for customers, as well as purchase a few additional higher priority tools and resources for both the shop and conference/training room.
Our big picture budget is bigger, but with your help we can open up co-working, desktop manufacturing tools, ceramics, basic screen printing, electronics and more - plus start offering workshops to the community from 101s and DIY projects, to prototyping and design software, to marketing and e-commerce.
If we exceed our campaign goal, all additional funds will go directly toward tools and software that members can use!
If you love our concept but can't contribute financially right now, follow us on Twitter and "like" us on Facebook. And your voice is a powerful contribution: please share our campaign with your friends and networks.
PLEASE NOTE: Every donation counts. A lot. All who contribute - at any level - will be recognized on our "Make It So" wall, and will be invited to our grand opening soiree!
And if you're interested in contributing at a higher level - like as a business or organization - please contact me to discuss rewards which could include use of our conference room/gallery for an offsite meeting, team building activity or event (in addition to transferable memberships and workshops).
THANK YOU! Now let's go Forge Memphis!
Especially now that Lipscomb & Pitts has secured us an insurance provider, if we can meet our funding goals we can open within the month! Thank you again for helping Memphis makers and creators by contributing!
Please keep sharing the campaign via social media, and with friends, family and colleagues who are interested in art, innovation, STEAM, maker spaces, Broad Avenue redevelopment, and local startup businesses!