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Be Part of The New Starving Artist

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Raised by 70 people in 2 months
Created June 6, 2018

Thanks for all your generosity!  Phase 1 - the stage, the kitchen in the back, all new tables - is completed.

On Sunday, July 29,
we opened the new stage and launched #TheNewArtist, as we celebrated the 69th birthday of The Artist himself, Elliott Glick. 

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Thi
s was all made possible by your generous help - and the loving efforts of the Glick family and our extended family of friends. 

Now PHASE TWO - turning the other back room into a sitting room and fixing the bathroom, AND electrical upgrade of our service for air conditioning.  We have some funds left from Phase One, but need approximately $2,500 more to finish these tasks.  


We send our thanks and love to you for your help on this journey, so far - and in advance for your help for Phase Two!  Hope to see you at #TheNewArtist soon!

Cheers!

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ORIGINAL APPEAL FOR PHASE ONE:

21 years ago, Elliott Glick opened the Starving Artist on City Island  in the Bronx, NY,
 showcasing his jewelry and the fine art and craft creations of artists in the community. 7 years later, he moved his shop down the block, and, as a musician and songwriter for more than five decades, began showcasing music-artists as well.

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In March, we shifted the focus away from food service and to the performances: the music shows that have been our standard, and other showcases as well as theatre productions (original plays especially, including two I've written).   To do this, we need to put a stage area in where the former kitchen is located -- and move it out of the front door space, making more room in that space for seating for show attendance. 

We ask for your help in making this transformation, which will include:
--building a small stage,  which will involve materials with labor donated by the Starving Artist "son" Josh Glick, obtaining needed equipment and accessories for better lighting and sound, providing for a curtain track on the ceiling
--providing a "back stage" space, which needs new flooring, and some renovations also in the back room / bathroom areas.
--upgrading our front room, including more cabaret style tabletops (one of our music-acts, The Grace Tones, already provided us with funds for two of these!), additional seating capacity (including re-locating a "counter space"), and floor restoration.
--increasing electricity capacity (a longstanding need); this will account for more than half of what we're seeking in funds, to pay Con Edison for increased service, to replace wiring systems,  and to have all work certified by electrician. 
--and other things that will come up during the transformation!

We continue to stay open during our transformation, but plan the BIG DEBUT of #TheNewArtist for Saturday, July 7.  And we're inviting all who provide help to us to a special reception before that evening's all-star performance night.  More details on that!

Every little bit helps, and here are some ideas:
--$25 provides help with furnishings (table tops!) for the front room
--$100
helps with materials to construct the stage
--$500 will be a big help with the electricity upgrade 
--$50
can provide for flooring and other needs for the "back stage" and back room / bathroom areas

If you've ever enjoyed time at Starving Artist during these past 21 years -- or if you are a supporter of keeping music and performances alive in a community -- we would greatly appreciate your help!  

Cheers,
Elliott

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Thanks for all your generosity! Phase 1 - the stage, the kitchen in the back, all new tables - is completed.

On Sunday, July 29, we opened the new stage and launched #TheNewArtist, as we celebrated my 69th birthday as well!

This was all made possible by your generous help - and the loving efforts of my family and our extended family of friends.

Now PHASE TWO - turning the other back room into a sitting room and fixing the bathroom, AND electrical upgrade of our service for air conditioning. We have some funds left from Phase One, but need approximately $2,500 more to finish these tasks.

We send our thanks and love to you for your help on this journey, so far - and in advance for your help for Phase Two! Hope to see you at #TheNewArtist soon!

Cheers!
Elliott
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Things are moving along!!! Last night the area formerly the kitchen was completely cleared out. My son, Joshua, a carpenter by trade, came by and took measurements to begin and the stage construction this weekend. How big will the stage be? Big enough to hold the Starving Artist family - and then some!

Stay tuned....
Cheers, Elliott
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Greetings all! Thanks for your support. Lots of activity this past weekend as we prepare for an end of July launch of #TheNewArtist. First meeting with an electrician about upgrading to more service - so we can have air conditioning!! Also got flooring for back room which will serve as "backstage" and staff area for service. And the new table tops are all stained and ready to be secured to the base. Here's a preview of the flooring - and the table. Thanks for your support. More welcome to make #TheNewArtist the best it can be. Cheers, Elliott
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We're on a roll... new table tops prepared and sanded, ready for stain (we're going espresso color, we think). We also purchased a professional light kit for our soon-to-be-built stage. Con Edison has explained the path to increased service, especially to cool us down with air conditioning. Electrician references are in - and suggestions welcome! - and we're working on making those call. Our hearts are most grateful for the generous outpouring that helped us reach our goal, with donations over there being saved up for an upgraded sound system. So keep spreading the news - and watch for news on what we're up to! Cheers, Elliott
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