Mammal Gallery needs your help!
We are a DIY artist's space located in the heart of downtown Atlanta that provides a safe space for creative minds. Through a wide variety of events we are gradually bringing life and vibrance back to South Broad Street.
Historical South Broad Street has some of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in Atlanta. Our building, 91 Broad Street, was originally built in 1925 and was recently bought by hometown hero Richard Miller, owner of Miller's Rexall. Richard and the Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association were looking to move in businesses to the street to bring more positive foot traffic to the area.
The ground level of the building is a work of art, literally. During the two months prior to us moving into the building Dashboard Co op (http://www.dashboardcoop.org) along with artists Henry Detweiler and Ben Coleman painted the walls for "No Vacancy: A Necessary Void." The result of which is an inescapable ocular experience from the moment you walk into the door in the key of pink and peach chevrons. The room, the stage, the pink pool table, everything was perfect.
Our job was to bring the noise. We installed a professional level sound system that can cater to events ranging from concerts, movie screenings, performance art, banquet dinners and everything in between. The more the merrier.
The upstairs is currently rented out to 8 artists that share a communal work environment each renting out their own locker. We constructed two 8x10 walls that float on castor wheels. The walls give us the ability to show work in a dynamic space.
So far the support from the community has been absolutely inspiring.
But, although the building is functional, there is still a lot of work to be done to make Mammal Gallery a venue capable of accommodating large crowds downstairs as well as improving artist work facilities upstairs.
That is why we need your help.
The floor needs to be refinished because the wood is rotting and slowly creating holes in the floor that are potentially dangerous. This is a major expense but necessary for us to stay open.
The plumbing needs to be replaced behind the bar and in the bathrooms. Right now we only have one working toilet for the entire downstairs space that holds over 300 people. The plumbing in the other bathrooms needs a major overhaul before they are functional.
For deep cleaning we need to install a hot water heater.
We need to install adequate lighting for the stage.
One of the first things we are going to do is patch our leaky roof. During rain storms the roof leaks so badly that it is a danger to artwork and a discomfort to anyone working.
The second thing that we are going to do is get central heating and air conditioning fixed. Right now we have to cuddle around space heaters to keep warm, which definitely slows down any artistic practice.
We are going to build community racks and storage space for the artists who work here.
Only about half of the upstairs has been fully activated so far, but because of its set up, has great potential. We want to turn the old kitchen into a darkroom for photo and film. There is also a large room in the back that we want to turn into a print lab with an etching press and screen printing materials.
More wall space. Although the upstairs is huge, the amount of wall space suitable for showing work is limited. With the necessary resources we will extend the amount of useable wall space.
There are many more renovations that we would like see done to the building, and there is no limit what is possible as long as we are able to take care of the core issues listed above.
Thank-you for your consideration and support. See you soon!
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is that when we are open at night we are basically the only business open on the whole block. If more businesses were able to succeed along side us we could start to establish a neighborhood that has a real presence and charm.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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