As some of you may or may not know, late last year Collab had to move out of my loft in the Brewery Arts Complex. We were a victim of our success, circumstances and growth, and the landlords asked us to no longer have the event there. We found an interim spot at a loft nearby that worked as a temporary, albeit inadequate home. However, the search was on for a new permanent home.
After a 3 month hiatus, Collab will be back bigger and better! We have a new spot that we are moving into at Big Arts Labs (2 blocks from the Brewery.) And we are doubling down with Collab Westside. Yep, there will now be Collab 2 nights per month, one on the west and one on the east end of town. No more 10 freeway crawls for our westside Collabers.
The remaining balance on the Collab funds (about $3300) will be going to purchase necessary equipment and infrastructure and sustain the Collab mission at these two locations for years to come. As my new space at Big Arts Labs will be a combination photo/film studio and build shop, I am also launching a new Kickstarter aimed at photographers, filmmakers, and makers/builders very soon (maybe as early as Sunday.) Some of the funds from this will be able to cross over to help sustain Collab's facilities. Basically, I'll make a little money on the photo/maker studio to continue to subsidize Collab and sustain its mission of providing a lot of bang for little buck.
So now, the good stuff. Everyone who donated to the original Collab is now a lifetime Collab member. I am even putting my laminating machine to use and making you all a cool "Members Only" badge. That means whatever small amount we charge at the door you can haughtily dismiss as you waive your VIP badge and strut on in. This will be good for Collab East (relaunch in August) and Collab West (debut in September.) I am going to associate a few other perks with this badge as well (priority presentation time, maybe a free drink...please feel free to offer suggestions.)
Also, if you never did collect your reward (I know there are 2 people that I am still waiting to do a photo shoot for, and one person for burlesque lessons, and possibly some others) please contact me. I want to give give give.
Thanks again for supporting COLLAB!