A venue, gallery, classroom, and workspace.
Anchorage Community Works is...
1 – A concert venue. We have years of experience putting on concerts, community events, and supporting local artists. This will be a place to experience local art, music, and culture – not another bar!
2 – An art studio. We have the space and the gear – we already have a screen printer and etching press available for use. Members can come to create, or share their knowledge with the community in creative workshops.
3 – A shared classroom. Whether you want to host art classes, lead aerobics, or lecture on programming, we have the space and the tools for you to do it
4 – A collaborative workspace. We know that great success comes from working together. We are dedicating the top floor, "The Loft," as a place to make great ideas come to life - You can hold a meeting in the conference room, chill in the lounge or work side-by-side with other liked-minded thinkers.
Anchorage Community Works is opening THIS SUMMER.
To provide a community center for local creatives.
We will connect and collaborate with locals who care about art, music, culture, learning, politics, and health.
Anchorage Community Works will be hub for:
- Small business owners
- Concert promoters
- Bicycle enthusiasts
- Performing artists
- Educational professionals
How it works
Understandably, we have been asked by a few people how we can manage to fit SO MUCH AWESOME into one space:
If you have a semi-permanent bike development going on, a large art project and a studio for photographers...how do you throw a concert in the space without having to move, store or lock down all the current projects?
Great point! We are nerds and artists, so we planned it out with a 3D model. :)
We are really lucky that the warehouse provides natural barriers to separate almost all the areas. We'll only need to be adding doors/locks to secure the workbenches.
To assist with scheduling, we also already have a website that allows members to book resources based on availability, or see what's going on that they might want to attend!
Where you come in
A community space can't happen without community involvement. This is a place for members to think, work, and play together.
We have already put in a lot of work selecting a space, but we still need your help!
Your support will help provide the equipment, fixtures, and furniture necessary to make this warehouse into a space that is functional, aesthetically pleasing and fun.
This isn't our first time bringing a community together. Our founders are experienced in throwing concerts, growing communities, creating art and educating others.
We are Brooklyn Baggett, Cody Augdahl, Craig Updegrove, and Paul Clark.
Brooklyn manages a healthy balance between left and right brain hemispheres. She currently works Digital Manager for the Nerland Agency, where she helps develop strategy for technology-based platforms of communication for a wide range of clients. Brooklyn previously practiced law in Oregon, focusing on small business, intellectual property and arts law. In addition to a background in law, Brooklyn ran Octopus Entertainment, a boutique agency focusing on event management and concert promotion. She received a B.S. in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School.
As someone experienced in small business management, marketing, publicity, promotion, event management, and social media, Brooklyn brings a particular expertise to Anchorage Community Works necessary for an event- based profit structure. Brooklyn will produce monthly music and art events, and she also plans to host regular workshops on business and marketing principles for creatives.
Cody is a lifelong Alaskan who believes strongly in a community-based approach to most things. Cody obtained his undergraduate degree at UAA and studied medicine at the University of Washington. During college, Cody volunteered teaching science in low income elementary schools, received a National Discovery Award for human anatomical dissection, and helped form the university bicycle club that eventually became “Off the Chain” bicycle cooperative. He is currently in his Family Medicine medical residency in Anchorage.
Ultimately, Cody desires to work in community health to advocate for people, and through education, help them care for themselves with the resources they have. He has a very similar approach to Anchorage Community Works, encouraging community involvement and collaborative learning.
Cody will offer a monthly movie night featuring quality independent films that encourage education and community discussion; a regular bicycle gathering and workshop; and community meetings to discuss important political, social and educational issues for Anchorage residents.
Craig is a graphic designer, printmaker and sculptor currently working as Art Director for the Nerland Agency. He has been participating in the Anchorage art community since 2006, is a former member of the Rabbit Rabbit community print shop, and has been a printmaking instructor at the Anchorage Museum since 2010.
Craig has created two large scale public art projects, a exterior 125-foot mural that incorporates students’ writing in Bethel, Alaska and a kinetic sculpture in Mountain View that represents the ever-changing qualities of the community it resides in. Craig was formerly part of three international shows that used the medium of printmaking as a cultural exchange with Cuba, Iran and Russia and was published in Gigposters Volume II, featuring 101 designers from around the world.
At Anchorage Community Works, Craig will create a space for printmaking and other artistic endeavors. He will also teach regular workshops on screen printing.
Paul serves as the co-founder and “Left Brain” at Brainstorm Media, a team of passionate website designers, developers, and teachers. Together, they are in the business of changing the world using WordPress, a publishing platform that powers over 60 million web sites. Paul is a core contributor to WordPress, and is proud to have created intelligent, intuitive solutions for clients like The Wall Street Journal, Iomega, and the California Attorney General.
Paul received a B.S. in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and has spoken at various conferences around the world, including his talk at TEDx Anchorage, Getting from "I have a dream" to "I have an answer".
Paul is creating the collaborative workspace at Anchorage Community Works. He is available for workshops on design, programming, and business management.
An artist can create here. A musician can practice and perform here. A group can meet here. An individual can attend an event or class here. A teacher can share knowledge here. A movement can start here.
Together, we can make this happen. We look forward to working, playing and learning with you!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We are seeking Kickstarter funds to support the purchase of necessary equipment, fixtures and furniture for the space.
The biggest risk and challenge we face ahead of us is the potential lack of community support (and thus financial support to maintain monthly expenses like rent and utilities).
Kickstarter is the first public call to see if the community is supportive. Beyond this first campaign for financial support, we will then need regular support from our community. We are already putting out the call now to hear from people interested in participating.
Whether that is an artist looking for a place to paint; musician looking for a place to practice; small business owner looking for a place to work; individual looking for a place to learn new skills; or anyone else looking for community... the call is out. We encourage you to support via Kickstarter and get involved! We welcome you!
Thanks for your interest! ACW will be funded by memberships, event space rental fees, and cover charges for events (concerts, art openings, classes/lectures/workshops).
We have already been selling memberships to the space, which gives access to the art studio, office space, conference room, and event space at an opening rate of $100 per month. Our ideal members will contribute to the community by holding events of their own, such as art classes or workshops.
We need fairly minimal membership to break even, and additional funds will be invested back into the space or community events. Additional funding are being covered by the founders out-of-pocket. We don't have unlimited resources, but we believe this space will be a huge benefit to the community. We are committed to making it happen, and have already invested hundreds of man hours renovating the space.
We are accepting applications for membership now. If you're interested, talk to us! The space will be available to members to use 1 month before it opens tot he public!