The Knoxville Community Darkroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Darkroom space will be provided for those in the area who want to develop film and print in a traditional black and white darkroom. Paid memberships will provide the organization with funds necessary to operate. Eventually, color darkroom facilities will be added. Education is a top priority. For a fee, classes in film development and printing will be offered to the public in addition to classes designed for high school and middle school students. There will be gallery space in the building in close proximity to the darkroom. To learn more about community darkrooms please visit http://www.localdarkroom.com/ The Knoxville Community Darkroom will fill a need in the art community by providing darkroom space for those who want to shoot film but are limited by the lack of a darkroom space. In addition to providing darkroom space the KCD will also offer classes in darkroom photography. The community darkroom will be located in a landmark building at 835 North Central Street in Knoxville. Built in 1920, the building is known locally as the Hull -Dobbs Building. For many years Hull - Dobbs was known as the world's largest Ford dealer. The City of Knoxville is actively involved in revitalizing this area by giving financial incentives to investors. Plans for area redevelopment are being implemented around the North Central and Broadway area just north of downtown. Part of the plan for Downtown North redevelopment is to cultivate an emerging artist district. The Central Avenue and Broadway areas have become an extension of downtown and are within walking distance.
Risks and challenges
Our main challenge is finding a location for the darkroom. The funds raised by this Kickstarter project will go towards rent. The Darkroom opening will be delayed If our goal is not reached.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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