We wanted to give you an update here at the end of our second week of the LA STAGE Space campaign! Thanks to the over 130 of you whoâ€™ve stepped up to make this happen, we are 95% of the way to our initial $25,000 goal!
Weâ€™re pushing over the next few days to hit the $25,000 mark, and then the campaign will continue to accomplish our stretch goal to build out some other aspects of the space and to have a STRIKE TRUCK that can make transporting the shared materials easier between theatres and the Warehouse.
Please continue to tell your friends, family and colleagues about the campaign. The most valuable thing you can do at this point is to think of one other person who you know would love this idea and who could make a donation, and email or call them directly to encourage them to join you. That direct request helps tell them that you really mean it and really care about this, and that makes all the difference!
As a fun other note â€“ hereâ€™s a photo from the warehouse today, showing some scenic racks we had built this week, and some of the items that are already in, just waiting for shelves to be inventoried!
LA STAGE Alliance (In partnership with your friends at the CSPA) has just secured a new facility in the vibrant Atwater Village neighborhood and, true to their mission, weâ€™ve asked ourselves how our move can benefit the greater Los Angeles theatre community at large. What weâ€™ve come up with is LA STAGE Space, which will house several activities:
1) Â A 7,000 square foot Warehouse Co-op for LA performing artists to house and share all their sets, props, costumes and equipment with each other throughout the year.
2)Â A space to give the community a shared physical location, in the form of a â€œCommunity Lounge,â€ where artists and community members can gather, find materials and information on arts sustainability, and relax. (And get free coffee & wifi!)
3)Â Additional meeting, audition, and rehearsal space — as an added bonus!
All we need now is to outfit the empty building so it can be used more effectively — shelving, pallet movers, barcode scanners, furniture, decorations, coffee pot… and maybe even a truck to help things come to and fro.
There are so many ways this Co-Op will positively impact the community. It willâ€¦
HELP NONPROFIT ARTS ORGANIZATIONSÂ to save money and be financially sustainable.
HELP REDUCE WASTEÂ by re-using materials, resulting in a more eco-friendly LA and LA arts community.
UNIFYÂ THE COMMUNITYÂ by providing a physical location for artists to congregate and share.
INSPIRE COLLABORATIONÂ for performing artists, and promote innovation for the rest of the country to emulate.
We’ll also be usingÂ environmentally-friendly practices and materials.
CORE GOALS & STRETCH GOAL
Core Goal:Â $25,000 will outfit LA STAGE Space and the Warehouse Co-op in its most basic state. This includes shelving, ladders, furniture, and a high-tech (and easy-to-use) online barcoded inventory system — making it possible to open our doors to the entire community.
Stretch Goal: An additional $25,000 will, apart from allowing us a bit more wiggle room, give us access to a used moving truck (and have gas and insurance and maintenance covered). This will be our Strike Truck, and will allow for Co-op members to arrange pickups after their strikes, which will carry materials back to the Warehouse (or to deliver materials to their theatres from the warehouse).