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Be Part of The New Starving Artist

$4,225 of $3,850 goal

Raised by 54 people in 18 days
Created June 6, 2018

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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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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Wow! We did it – thanks to you! We are so grateful for your support as we write this new chapter for the Starving Artist. Now the work begins in earnest as we aim for a mid-July opening. Watch for news on that. In the meantime, if generosity moves you, all additional funds will be used to upgrade the sound system for #TheNewArtist. Thanks – and cheers, Elliott
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We are most grateful for the support... Thanks for helping us WRITE the next chapter of Starving Artist.

Reaching out to Con Edison this week to get information about the electricity upgrade, and also continuing the cleaning. Depending on Con Edison's reply, may push back the "reveal" a week (to July 14, Saturday), so we can perhaps have that done too. Will keep you posted.

Please continue to check in with us - and we'd welcome your sharing about the campaign on social media.

Our thanks again for your help and support.

Cheers,
Elliott
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We are overwhelmed by your generosity. We're continuing the clean out phase of our front room - moving the kitchen materials out so the stage can get started in that space. Goal is still July 7 for the opening of #TheNewArtist... although we're continuing with shows until then. (See our calendar at http://starvingartistonline.com/calendar.html). In the meantime, we took a trip to HomeDepot to look at stage materials - including a back "brick wall" - and a new sink for the bathroom. More to come... and our thanks again! Cheers, Elliott (P.S. We've set up Monica to manage the withdrawals and track the expenses; thus "on behalf of Monica Glick"... more on that as we continue our progress.)
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Raised by 54 people in 18 days
Created June 6, 2018
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