I just wanted to send out a quick update before the end of the year to show the massive progress on the space that we've made so far.
Over the winter and into the spring, we went through a pretty extensive design and planning process. This kickstarter provided a good part of the required budget, but after digging into the details, doing our best value engineering, and weighing the priorities, it became clear that our ambitions would require some additional fundraising as well as taking on some debt. It is the kind of thing you want to do just once and do right, so we were comfortable with that. We were happy that our landlord also agreed to taking responsibility for some of the planned work as well.
Then, immediately after our last show in July, we began the renovation. It was an intense process, involving some awesome professionals, months of our own blood, sweat and, yes, tears, and a fair amount of help from volunteers. Only 8 weeks later, we reopened for our first event of this year with a transformed space. Throughout the fall, we took care of a lot of the cosmetic details and we are still chipping way at a task list of small to-dos in our time outside of general operations. Work on the signage is planned for spring. The chairs and rake project are on hold until we get a bit more comfortable with the new layout.
Through this, UnionDocs has evolved from a scrappy DIY venue to a beautiful, professional space. There were major improvements operationally and technically, not to mention aesthetically. I won't say it was an easy experience, but it is an incredibly exciting step for our organization and community. We've got some pictures of the process that we hope to share as well, but we thought you would appreciate seeing the final result incase you can't make it out to see it in person at our Holiday Party with Tony Conrad tomorrow evening.
Thanks again so much for believing in UnionDocs!
Best wishes for the holidays and 2013.