A creative gathering place in Brooklyn focusing on community programs, the arts, technology, and anything else that captures the imagination.
Do you ever wish there were more places for grassroots social gatherings? Where people can meet to share random ideas, hard goods, fun services, delicious food, and hearty laughter? Yeah, us too! So we'd like to create one...
LaunchPad: A future homebase for creative minds and curious spirits; a mixed use community space in New York City where people can rally together, trigger ideas, launch projects, and have tons of fun.
LaunchPad will be a mix of the following and probably a few other things too:
- Rotating art exhibits: Artwork on the walls, floor, and ceiling. Display, admire, trade, buy.
- Performances: Live music, poetry slams, stand-up comedy, improv, burlesque, baton twirling...
- Bartertown and marketplace: Trade and sell artwork, services, homemade treats, magic potions, unwanted Christmas gifts, whatever. Bring paintings, photos, haircutting skills, vegetables from your garden, furniture, brownies, anything and everything.
- Socials: Potluck meals, book clubs, board games, discussion groups, parties...
- Movie screenings: New ones and old ones, projected on the wall. Comfy couches and fresh popcorn!
- Classes: Teach a class or take a class. Arts, crafts, yoga, music, French…
In addition to hosting and encouraging artists/writers/musicians/thinkers/designers/creators/inventors/entrepreneurs, LaunchPad will also sponsor a variety of projects. We plan to establish LaunchPad as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The first step is getting the doors open.
The venue for LaunchPad is a storefront in Brooklyn. With a backyard! It's located on Franklin Avenue near Park Place in a beautiful, historic, quickly growing neighborhood; a few short blocks from the 2,3,4,5,C,E,S subways. The place has a glowing soul and huge ambitions. It's literally a blank canvas, just waiting to be transformed into a creative haven where people with similar (and diverse!) interests can hang out and inspire each other.
Sounds awesome, doesn't it? We think so too. And we already have the space to do it. Now we just need $6000 to help set it up and give it some life. The funds will go toward securing the following: design and set-up, paint and decor, furniture, materials, basic supplies for some of the classes, digital projector, PA equipment, utility bills (electric, internet, heat, insurance, etc), and drinks and snacks for a few gatherings - which will hopefully morph into BYOE(verything).
We're going to stretch the set-up dollars as far as we can. 100% of the funds collected will be used to expand the Launchpad offerings and sponsor additional art projects. (Some things we're dreaming about are: regular art supplies, backyard kiln, pottery wheels...)
If this project is successfully funded, LaunchPad will kickoff in spring 2010. It's perfect timing - get the creative juices flowing as the seasons change and nature reawakens.
So please help us. And in doing so, you will collect some really rad rewards. No worries if you're not local, all items can be mailed to you.
Thanks for any & all support that takes us closer to lift off!! We really appreciate it.
P.S. Tell your friends!!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $6,000 goal
seconds to go
Jan 11, 2010 - Mar 8, 2010
Pledge $2 or more
Recognition on the ‘YOU made this happen!!’ list, permanently displayed in the LaunchPad.
Pledge $10 or more
Party Pack: 1 magnet, 1 sticker, 1 button. All handcrafted. All super fun. And you're on the recognition list.
Pledge $20 or more
4 handmade one-of-a-kind postcards, 1 per season. Inspiring surprises in the mail to remind you that: YOU are great!! It's true, you are. And you're on the recognition list.
Pledge $40 or more
A random, unique, handmade surprise item made by one of the LaunchPad participating artists. There’s gonna be some great stuff and you're gonna love what you get. Plus, random = fun. And you're on the recognition list.
Pledge $80 or more
EVERYTHING ABOVE!! Plus a raffle entry for a chance to win 3 hours private use of the LaunchPad (if you aren't local, you can donate the time or sponsor a movie screening of your choice from afar).
Pledge $150 or more
3 hours private use of the LaunchPad to do as you please. Invite all your friends for a private movie night!! And you're on the recognition list. If you also want the handmade treats above, just add $60 to this pledge (special discount!) and send us a note.
Pledge $250 or more
6 hours private use of the LaunchPad to do as you please. Your friends! Your music! Your own private dance party, what?! And you're on the recognition list. If you also want the handmade treats above, just add $55 to this pledge (only $55?!) and send us a note.
Pledge $400 or more
15 hours private use of the LaunchPad to do as you please. Time can be divided any way you want. Your own private artist studio!!! Finish your novel, suntan in the backyard, sing at the top of your lungs, make large scale paper maché sculptures (and clean up afterwards, of course). And you're on the recognition list. If you also want the handmade treats above, just add $50 to this pledge (what a deal!) and send us a note.