Slack Collectives Black & White all ages community center
Slack Collective is an independent collective of alternative artists working in a common warehouse space in Downtown Napa, Ca.
We are starting a new project called The Black and White Community Center.
The Black and White is a small yet meaningful, hidden oasis for performing artists of all mediums and for all the people that stumble upon it for the first time. The poet, the dancer, the singer, the musician and even the comedian claim a space to share their passions. It is a transformative experience. We meet the strangers that become our most trusted friends and allies. We observe and redifine our existence within our little town, bands or collaborative music projects are created. Tears may be shed, laughter almost guaranteed. The school-taught artists meet the self-taught street artists; the main stream meets the emerging and the underground. The elders meet the youth, and hopefully, a reciprocal appreciation is kindled or nurtured. It is a place where boundaries are transcended by a common language: art-a universal yet diverse human expression. It is a simple place. The microphone and space in themselves do not create the special moment. Rather, it is the presence of artists and friends that creates an experience worth remembering and pursuing. It is the curiosity that one carries within and the excitement to share with the outside world that creates an open mic. It is a special venue. We need your help, to finish our vision and yours, to kickstart the Black and White into 2013.
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Downtown Napa is in a stage of redeveloping and restructuring. In some ways it is an open canvas. Currently, there are several new stores opening up, rent prices have increased in some areas, and new chain stores have moved in or plan on moving in. As Downtown Napa develops, we are not sure how rent prices may affect our Community Center. There is a possibility that our rent will increase as well. This would have an effect the amount of resources that we spend to cover our rent versus the resources we spend to provide arts and culture to our community. Our challenge would be to be economically sustainable with changing markets.
As well, we envision our community center being strongly supported and sustained by an engaged community. However, societies and communities are always morphing and changing. We must stay in tune with our community so that we may adapt to the changes that take place socio-culturally. Although as a community center we inevitably also contribute to shaping our own community, we are also vulnerable to the changes that happen independent of us. For example, if we cannot keep up with the way our community communicates and with the things it values, we risk getting less community support than we expect. Unlike a hospital, gas station, or grocery store that provide items deemed as life necessities, a community center provides what people may deem as a secondary, rather than a primary need, and therefore the community's economic and social support is not guaranteed for us at all times.
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