Help the Free Space Move And Thrive
We are dismayed about this rent hike and the gentrification of the Longfellow neighborhood that has already pushed out so many residents of color and continues with evictions and foreclosures of primarily people of color. We are committed to using our resources and energy to resist these patterns, to build stronger ties where we can co-depend on one another on the basis of solidarity and mutual aid to resist the dominant capitalist modes of obligation, money, competition and fear. We value the people and projects that have converged in this space and we want to provide a new anarchist space where even more exciting things can happen.
The survival of the Minnehaha Free Space since it first opened in 2011 is a strong testament to how many people support us. Many spaces have come and gone before us, and we would never have survived this long without our broad base of support. We will be using the rest of this year to talk to people and groups that have affinity with us and whose work intersects with ours in some way, to think carefully about what we want this next space to be. Our next steps will be shaped by these conversations. If you want to talk to us, please reach out.
We plan on communicating about our process with all who support us. We will update as regularly as we can.
Meanwhile, we will be staying at this location for the rest of 2016, and we need all kinds of support more than ever. We will do our utmost to keep up activity while we are here and will have a few big final events at our current space, including two craft fairs. Please stop by, come to events, book us for your event, donate to help us with our current rent and moving costs as we explore new spaces, and please do whatever you can to boost this so we can reach out to all the folks who care about making another space possible.
We are asking for 10K to help us cover our final months’ rent, moving costs, a deposit on a new space, and to help us cope with the loss of income from our regularly scheduled events as we deal with this unanticipated transition. Thank you for every dollar, every like, and every share.
To our supporters: you made our existence possible as the longest running collectively organized non-commercial autonomous radical space in Minneapolis. Your support means the world to us and we are ready to meet this challenge with all we have. We want this new space to be amazing. Thank you so much for anything and everything you can do to help.
The Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space (MARS) Collective
Aaaand our April Crafty Flea is coming up the following day, Sunday April 30th from 1-6pm at the Powderhorn Neighborhood Association. Please stop by! Here is the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1881325318812521/
We have not been sharing the day to day minutiae of our search for a new space, but we would very much appreciate support, either in the form of financial support or help with the search which we have recently opened up to residential properties. If you want to help with the search and know our current accessibility parameters, or if you want to join us for our open collective meetings, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are doing our best and still meeting regularly even though we don't have a space. It will be so worth it once we have a space again. Every dollar and share helps us so much.
We are all done moving out of our beloved space that we've occupied these last years. Thanks to so many people lending their time and energy, we were able to reduce the cost of moving out quite a bit. The Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association is making some of the shelves of our library available to the public while we are finding a new location.
We're searching to relocate the space, and looking at new places every week. We have not yet found one within our price range, but are meeting with other groups to see if we could share a space. If you have a lead, please let us know.
We have been hearing from folks about what they want in a new space. Ideas include:
More open hours
A room dedicated to social support for parents and caregivers
More curated collections of books and other resources
A stage for shows, especially live theater
Free skool and unschooling space
Prisoner letter writing and prisoner support nights
As well as all the already fabulous things folks have been doing at the space through the years.
More to follow. We would love to hear from community members with feedback, thoughts, or encouraging words.
We are here with you to help shape the radical world we all want to live in. We continue to rely on your invaluable support in every form in which it comes.
The MARS Collective
We will be sad to leave this beloved space. We want to find a new one. We move on January 15th and are still searching for a new place we can afford.
If you can share a few bucks or a few words on your page about why you support the space, we would appreciate it so much.
Thank you to all who came to the party and everyone who has visited the space these last few years.
Here's to another year of resistance!
We have some events planned before we move, including a party on Friday, December 30th from 6-11pm. There will be massive art-making options and puppet-making for kids upstairs, cranio-sacral sessions for sliding scale donation in the library, and Feminist Video Collective multimedia screenings downstairs. We will give away a lot of stuff from the space at the party, so you can take a souvenir home to remember the space. Our video will be done by then, courtesy of Sami, and we will show it for the first time at the party. You can share and invite folks to the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1814592995419524/.
We want to thank you for reaching out to us in email and in person at our events, telling us how much the space means to you and asking what you can do to help. It has been wonderful hearing from everyone. Right now you can help by donating to our GoFundMe, sharing the page, and posting a note about why you support the space. You can invite friends to the party on the 30th, donate big boxes to help us with our move, volunteer to help us in the days leading up to January 15th, and let us know any other ways you would like to lend your support. With all the uncertainty, we haven't been able to plan and host the events that normally bring in donations. While we are talking to other groups about ways to share space, we will definitely need your support to gather money for a deposit on a new space. We would appreciate any and all help in these next few weeks of our transition.
From Jenell: Our space ship will be taking off on January 15th. Please keep sending us donations for rocket fuel.
You are all a part of the support system that carries us through. Thank you for everything you do for each other and for us. We hope to post another update soon.