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A fully collaborative headquarters for the L.A. independent art and music community aimed at creation, experimentation & storytelling.
A fully collaborative headquarters for the L.A. independent art and music community aimed at creation, experimentation & storytelling.
122 backers pledged $5,903 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE: JULY 3rd - the LAST DAY of the Kickstarter!!

In reaction to the overwhelming support from the local community, we have raised enough in donations to cover the majority of expenses we can anticipate, along with additional money going to help support other local all ages spaces.

We have come to an exciting decision...

100% of profits made from items sold in the store and money generated from our $5 events will be given directly to the curators and creators!!!! Workshops hosted at the space will remain a 70%/30% split between facilitators and the space.

All money raised in the final day of this campaign will allow us to provide more opportunities that we've dreamed for this pop up project. We have a wish list that includes; a water dispenser, a soundcloud membership for sharing stories told at the space, rental costs for a color photocopy machine, a candy dispenser to be transformed into an artists vending machine, and additional supplies for workshops.

UPDATE - June 29th 2014: We hit our Kickstarter goal with 6 days left to go. Now let's help support other local community spaces!!!!!!!!!

We are so excited to share this summertime creative headquarters with you. As you know, the creation of Echo Chamber is inspired by the existence of a long line of other local all-ages spaces. 

  • The next $400 raised will go directly towards helping a few of them. 
    Let's keep going!!!!!!

    The Smell - $100 towards a dedicated projector for the space. 
    Pehrspace - $100 towards a dedicated projector for the space. 
    The L.A. Fort - $100 towards 3 fire extinguishers and led lights for their exit sign. 
    HM157 - $100 towards a dedicated vacuum for the space.

THE PROJECT

Echo Chamber will exist for three months beginning July 2014, in the building once occupied by Echo Curio. The Curio was a beloved space to the local creative community, ourselves included, which is why we are excited to continue its legacy through the reinvention of a new space.

From inventive installations to DIY talk shows, performance art pieces to gardening workshops, Echo Chamber will strive to celebrate a wide variety of disciplines, techniques, and skill sets. The temporary nature of this project encourages creators to experiment with mediums and explore avenues that might typically be outside of their comfort zones. Echo Chamber will combine the collective skills and passions of this vibrant arts community to foster ideas and facilitate their execution.

Los Angeles is in need of dedicated spaces for independent artists, musicians, writers, makers, and dreamers. It is important, especially in a city so geographically spread apart, to put down our laptops and smart phones, and connect face to face. The work that is created and experiences shared in these environments are crucial to sustaining vibrant communities and fulfillment in our individual lives.

 ECHO CHAMBER WILL BE A:

*Headquarters for creative collaboration.
*Open studio space showcasing local artists' work.
*Resource center for writers, zinesters and illustrators to collaborate with crafters, musicians, comedians, and creative locals.
*Home of the L.A. Zine Fest zine library.
*Opportunity for zine makers to reproduce their work on a RISO RC 6300 photocopy machine.
*Boutique for independent creators & designers.
*Set of a talk show interviewing local bands, writers, and artists.
*Satellite broadcast station for KXLU 88.9FM.
*Book/zine club meeting space.
*Place for skill-sharing workshops.
*Home of a public storytelling booth installation.

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS ALREADY IN THE WORKS:
(and growing by the day!) 

*12 hour zine/music challenge! In the same space and time, a group of musicians will compose and record an album as a group of zinesters conceptualize and create a zine.

* The Holy Inauguration of the Church of the Creative Spirit led by Geoff Geis.

*Retrospective storytelling events about:

1) Echo Curio hosted by Grant Capes.

2) FMLY Rides conducted by Cameron Rath.

3) local nightlife photography by Amy Darling.

*Relaxin' with Erik Felaxin' - A DIY talk show hosted by Erik Felix
(of So Many Wizards) featuring skits and interviews with local artists and bands.

*KXLU will be live broadcasting from Echo Chamber every Thursday in September from 9am-3pm.

*Dum Dum Zine will be using the workspace as a headquarters to create their next issue.

*Tiny Splendor will be offering workshops on operating a RISO graph screenprinting copy machine (available for use in the space).

*the WOMEN group will host writers' meetings & poetry readings.

*A storytelling booth installation will invite the public to record and share stories on particular topics. Stories will then be uploaded to Soundcloud!

*Dynamic rotating window displays curated by Walt!

*Women's Center For Creative Work `will be utilizing the space as a communal work space for crafting, book discussions, writing, and feminist creative practice.

* Comedy collaborations! LOL//BFF curated by Brenna Cheyney & Brianna Murphy and Comedy of the Future curated by Dave Sirus.

*Craft workshops in; sewing, needle felting, embroidery, gardening and more.

*What will YOU do?

WHY BACK THIS PROJECT?

* You want a centrally located space to create and collaborate.
* You are excited to see the Echo Curio space reinvented.
* You want to help local artists carry out their visions!
* You’ve volunteered at or run a venue of your own and know that support from friends in the community is crucial to a successful experience.

One of the biggest variables that impact a creative venue is the economic overhead necessary to operate a space. Over the past few months we’ve pooled our own money together & drafted and revised a budget to determine how much extra is needed to cover these costs. Reaching our goal will allow us as curators to focus on maintaining the vision of the space and participating as artists as well, without financial pressures influencing the experience.

We are dedicated to offering a variety of free events, open workspace hours, opportunities for time bank exchanges, along with affordable donation based events and skill sharing workshops. The money generated from donation based events, workshops and items sold at Echo Chamber will be split 70%/30% in favor of the artists hosting, facilitating and creating.

WHERE WILL YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS GO?

Your donation, at any amount, is greatly appreciated and will help us:

* Rent the space and pay for utilities. First and foremost, the money raised will go towards the monthly cost of rent, water, power, internet.

* Provide the equipment, materials and tools for the workspace and skill sharing workshops. Some equipment has been donated (like the RISO RC 6300 Photocopy machine!) but needs repair/maintenance, others items need to be purchased (ex. button making supplies, materials and tools for affordable workshops).

* Purchase paint for the walls, tools to create signage, building materials for store displays and installations, sound and lighting equipment for events.

Kickstarter retains a percentage of the total and we will be paying taxes on the amount raised, which also factors into our goal. For those new to Kickstarter, keep in mind that if we don't reach our goal, we don't get to keep any of the money raised in this campaign.

Thank you to our friends and creative allies whose suggestions and questions have helped us revise and maintain the vision of this project as a collaborative summertime space for our community!

Risks and challenges

One of our main goals for this project is to encourage collaboration in the local community. Working with a large group of people increases the chances that some projects may need to be reevaluated and in rare cases, artists may decide that a project cannot happen at all.

Having worked on multiple projects, both individually and in groups, we are confident that we will be able to facilitate constructive problem solving with individual artists and collectives.

We have decided against hosting traditional live music events in the space, both to encourage artists of all mediums to collaborate in a unique environment and because of the challenges local D.I.Y venues face when offering live music. We are and will continue to be actively involved with the neighborhood and the city to maintain positive relationships while our pop-up exists.

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    Thank you so very much. Your name will be painted on our collaborator wall inside the space!

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    LOCALS: Entry into one $5 donation event per month, a downloadable compilation of local music, your name painted on our collaborator wall.
    NON-LOCALS: Receive a pen-pal postcard from a local zinester, musician, or artist via USPS! You will also get the downloadable music compilation and your name will be painted on our collaborator wall.

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    An original, handmade artist postcard, commemorative screen printed Echo Chamber tote bag, a downloadable compilation of local music, AND your name painted on our collaborator wall!

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    Intro Level Machine Sewing Class with up to 4 people, plus all prizes in the $25 level!

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    Mega prize pack! Receive a commemorative tote bag full of zines, buttons, and cassettes! Features goodies from; Dum Dum Zine, Big Joy Records, L.A. Zine Fest, and the WOMEN Group. All this PLUS the downloadable music comp, $5 donation entry into one event per month, AND your name painted on our collaborator wall!

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    Entry into ALL $5 donation events offered at the space and an ECHO CHAMBER TIME CAPSULE filled with finished works made during the pop-up's existence! INCLUDES; commemorative tote, original artwork, zines, poetry, crafts & curios, plus a best-of DVD of skits, stories, comedy, and event clips hosted at the space.

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    Your life story performed at the space! A team of writers, comedians, and actors will create a one-act play based on your life story which will be exhibited at Echo Chamber. The play will be filmed and you will receive a physical copy.

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    Collaborative Adventure Day. Featuring the curatorial assistance of Sarah & Rhea, we'll work with you to put together an ultimate dream day, with the help of incredibly talented artists in the local community. Choose from a variety of possibilities such as; A wake-up-call from a comedian, breakfast made by a local chef, an amazing storyteller who will also be your driver, maybe even a show of local bands - put together just for you! All this and everything in the $50 prize level.

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    We will install a glorified wall mural of your face inside the space where all can bow and worship the glory of your generosity. PLUS entry into ALL $5 donation events offered at the space, a downloadable compilation of local music, and commemorative tote bag!

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