COLOUR BOX STUDIO POZIBLE CAMPAIGN – GET ON BOARD!Posted: April 17, 2013
Interested in the arts, crafts, supporting hard-working creative people & community oriented, gutsy, ‘outside the box’ projects? Well. Here is a fledgling team of volunteers – and creative hub – worthy of your support.
COLOUR BOX STUDIO is a community creative hub in Footscray, Melbourne. It operates as a multi-functional pop up creative space that aims to support and showcase Melbourne’s creative community. Its programming changes month to month to display a diverse range of artists, art-forms and creative people through pop up shops, exhibitions, events, workshops and more. Colour Box Studio is located at 236 Nicholson Street, Footscray – check them out, and they’ll give you a tour.
I wrote about Colour Box Studio’s Back Story and magnificent manifestation/inception HERE, and their successful Fashion Month Program HERE. If you need further convincing of the vision, determination and raw gutsiness of director Amie Batalibasi and her Colour Box Studio Cohorts, go back and have a read. Seriously. These bright young things are brilliant. (NOTE: after the lease at the current premises is up they will relocate operations to another).
COLOUR BOX STUDIO NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
The thing about a community creative hub is that it needs community support. We are that community.
The Colour Box Studio team is coming towards the end of a 7-week Pozible campaign [2 WEEKS TO GO!] to raise a minimum of $7000 so that they can continue on with the next creative programs planned from May until the end of October 2013. They will likely look this:
• MAY: Young People in the Arts Program
• JUNE/JULY: Writing and Performance
• AUGUST: Music & Sound Program
• SEPTEMBER: Visual Arts
• OCTOBER: Volunteers & Members Program
(This may change slightly due to the ‘pop up’ nature of the space)
Colour Box Studio needs your help to continue on this journey to support, nurture and showcase this creative community.
Why support that journey?
Well, for the last 5 and a half months, Colour Box Studio has been reliant on 100% magnificent volunteer effort.
They always supports ethical and sustainable practices when they can on all levels of operation.
They acknowledge that they (we) are on traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people. They offer their respect to the Elders of these traditional lands, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples past and present.
The THREE programs they have run so far have been terrific:
• Christmas Pop Up Shop Program (Nov/Dec 2012),
• Digital Media Program (Jan/Feb 2013) &
• Fashion Month – Sustainable Ethical Local Fashion (Mar/Apr 2013)
AND they have showcased the work of over 40 Melbourne artists and creative people; created income for over 40 Melbourne artists; held 4 free community based events; enabled 15 artists to facilitate workshops, share skills and make an income; bonded with an amazingly generous team of volunteers; built a wonderful community of 100s of people who support the space and engage with Colour Box Studio online & offline …. all of this in 5 and a half crazy busy months!
WHAT COLOUR BOX STUDIO NEEDS!
Despite everything that it has produced, and the amount of money that goes into making in all happen, Colour Box Studio is not set up to make a profit. They take a very low commission on sales, and deliberately have very low rental fees so that artists can really benefit from its programs in a way that supports them financially – and they want to keep it that way.
SO. They have created this Pozible FUNDRAISING campaign as they believe that this is the best platform that supports fundraising and community spirit.
AND THIS IS WHERE YOU, WE, COME IN.
Colour Box Studio is aiming to raise a minimum of $7000 to go towards 6 months programming (1 May – 31 Oct 2013).
If they can raise $7000 these funds will go towards:
• rent & running expenses like internet, water, electricity etc;
• property maintenance (the building is over 200 years old & there are a few things that still need attending to!);
• materials for exhibitions, events, pop up shops, meetings, workshops;
• programming expenses such as posters, flyers, promotion, catalogues, EFTPOS facilities;
• equipment such as a speaker and microphone for events, & heating devices for winter.
If they reach this goal, they will also be able to keep their commissions and rental fees nice and low, for the benefit of the community of artists in Melbourne. Seriously, who else has that as a mission statement?
AND if they can raise $12 500 they could put funds into:
• paying 2x people one day a week for the 6 months;
• developing their website & online presence;
• purchase of a computer or portable device to use as a POS system during pop up shop times.
The journey of Colour Box Studio has been a character building experience for all involved: they have come across adversity, stumbled at times, but they have learnt from mistakes and have come together as a TEAM and COMMUNITY to achieve what they have so far.
HELP THEM continue the journey.
If you pledge, the money will only be processed IF they reach the $7000 target and at the end of their campaign. If they don’t get this funding they will be unable to continue operating at their current capacity offering FREE events, low commissions for artists, low or free rental fees for artists etc.
By supporting Colour Box Studio, you get the satisfaction of supporting a hard-working community of creative people, and being a part of something REAL, tangible, motivated by the best of intentions.
PLUS THERE ARE DONATION REWARDS! – SEE THEIR POZIBLE PAGE HERE FOR MORE DETAILS!!!
Find out more:
Link to the campaign: http://www.pozible.com/colourboxstudio
Link to video: https://vimeo.com/61697415
READY TO CONTRIBUTE?
PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT AND DONATE HERE.
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