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Our facilities need an upgrade so that the community has a place to develop, learn, display, perform and market their creativity daily.
Our facilities need an upgrade so that the community has a place to develop, learn, display, perform and market their creativity daily.
257 backers pledged $29,400 to help bring this project to life.

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WOOHOO! WE REACHED OUR GOAL! THANK YOU ALL!!!

STRETCH GOAL ADDED - HELP US GET TO $30K FOR MURAL AND FACADE IMPROVEMENTS

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT ALL OF OUR UPDATES TO SEE MORE! (Most recent update - 04/02/2014 - UPDATE #6 - WE DID IT!!!!!!! + STRETCH GOAL)

OUR MISSION: To foster a creative community.

Alchemy NFK will seek to benefit the public by offering and/or making available the following opportunities:

  • Providing creative and innovative experiences for all forms of artistic expression and production.
  • Offering educational opportunities within various creative genres.
  • Providing a place for artists to develop, display, perform and market their work.
  • Inspiring and bringing together all members of the Norfolk community through the arts.
  • Embracing youthful energy to connect the community through creative expression.

Alchemy NFK has leased 804/806 Granby Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 for the purpose of developing this community driven workspace for artists, musicians, writers, designers, and all those who want to experience and support creative culture around us. We have been the main catalyst for the art district’s development ever since we launched our initiative at the Norfolk Art and Design District’s Better Block event last April. 

Our workspace is divided into several areas that allow artists to develop their work and to educate others. Our headquarters currently house:

  • Artist studios
  • Rehearsal rooms
  • Videography lab
  • Screen-printing lab
  • Wood-shop
  • Common spaces for building, manufacturing and working

YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT

With your financial support we can upgrade our current facilities to meet the requirements of the City’s zoning ordinances, expand our artist resources and spaces and add more opportunities for education. This includes:

  • Upgraded electrical
  • Expansion of secure studio spaces
  • Darkroom and photography lab
  • Sound production studio
  • General security upgrades to accommodate more artists and the public

Additional contributions will allow our Granby Street storefront to also feature a small performance arts venue, gallery, retail space, and cafe. Alchemy NFK will then be able to provide the community a place to come together and experience the social aspects of artistic culture.

Floor plans with additional venue, cafe, gallery, etc.
Floor plans with additional venue, cafe, gallery, etc.

Thus far, every bit of work that's been completed to transform an old furniture store into a mecca for creatives has been through volunteer efforts by the founders, residents and friends who believe in the cause. Now it's time to bring in the professionals to help us build out our space to accommodate more artists and the public. We can't do it without your help.

NUM3ROLOGY (Photo by Steve Robinson)
NUM3ROLOGY (Photo by Steve Robinson)
Line for NUM3ROLOGY (Photo by Alex Brannin)
Line for NUM3ROLOGY (Photo by Alex Brannin)

ALCHEMY NFK'S EXPERIENCE

Our team has years of experience in art curation, production of large scale events, marketing and branding, business operation, creative direction, talent booking and more. We are a dedicated group and will work until our hearts explode to build a community based around the arts that excites everyone in it's path.

Check out what Andrew Howard from Team Better Block had to say about working with Alchemy NFK...

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In less than a year, we've helped to shape the Norfolk Arts and Design District with public art, communication with property / business owners, residents and the City of Norfolk and bringing together the artistic community daily. We've produced or assisted with community events and exhibitions such as NUM3ROLOGY, First Fridays (with DNC), Parking Day, PAM, Naughty by Norfolk, and Window Wonderland. We've worked with students and staff from GSA, ODU, NSU, VWC, The Chrysler Museum and Glass Studio, DNC, ForKids and more! There's so much more to come from Alchemy NFK and your support will make that possible.

YOUR REWARDS

While final designs are still in the works, here's a glimpse at some of our Ts and snapbacks thus far. We promise you'll love them.

Alchemy NFK promo materials
Alchemy NFK promo materials

You can also start collecting Alchemy NFK pins to display how you've supported the creative community around you. Donor pins are available for certain levels of financial support and volunteer and special effort pins are coming too! Here are a couple we have in the works.

Reward items with an asterisk (*) denote that some restrictions apply.

Mock-up of tin (left) and water (right) enamel lapel pins. Your collection will look dope on an Alchemy NFK snapback!
Mock-up of tin (left) and water (right) enamel lapel pins. Your collection will look dope on an Alchemy NFK snapback!

MORE GOOD STUFF

PARKing Day (Photo by Trey Hill)
PARKing Day (Photo by Trey Hill)
DNC's First Friday - September 2013, produced by Alchemy NFK (Photo by Thom White)
DNC's First Friday - September 2013, produced by Alchemy NFK (Photo by Thom White)

Alchemy NFK is a vital resource for Hampton Roads’ creatives and is the backbone of the creative initiatives the city is taking in downtown. Alchemy NFK bridges the gap between creatives and the community through active education, volunteer programs, and social functions for all ages.

Volunteers painting our facade this fall
Volunteers painting our facade this fall

 “What is collaboration really about? The notion is everywhere in our culture yet seldom exemplified. What’s going on at Alchemy, is unmistakable. Call it an aura, an intangible—like the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston circa 2000, Eagle Square in Providence or Bushwick just a couple of years ago. There’s a presence right now in the Brambleton Arts District and it is centered around Alchemy.” - Tim Bearse, Artist & Old Dominion University Adjunct Professor 

Our Home (Mural by Hampton Boyer)
Our Home (Mural by Hampton Boyer)

 “Our goal is to see the creative culture of Norfolk thrive. We want to be a place that artists of all genres practice and perform their work along other like-minded individuals and groups. We want to bring together all races, ages, financial backgrounds, etc. and celebrate creativity within our community. We aim to have a space where a painter, a punk band, a dancer, an opera singer and a screen printer can feed off each other’s energy and teach each other new tricks daily.” -Careyann Weinberg, Alchemy NFK president 

Alchemy NFK is a Virginia non-stock corporation in the process of obtaining 501c3 status with the Federal Government.

Risks and challenges

We understand that challenges are bound to hit us throughout the completion of this project. As with any construction project, unforeseen delays are always possible, from undesirable weather to long material lead times to secret tunnels hiding near our plumbing lines... you just never know. Fortunately, we're not ones to let things stop us in our tracks. We are persistent and resourceful and will make every possible effort to keep things moving and progressing in a timely manner. Our team of architects and contractors are honest, reliable and have no shortage of experience. We're also lucky enough to have worked with them on some of Norfolk's coolest projects which means we have experience as well.

Permitting and zoning regulations and delays are always an issue to consider but our experience with these items makes us equipped to handle situations if they arise.

We're a close team who values each other's strengths and continually pushes each other to greatness. We're committed to making sure each person understands how important they are to the cause and how supporting each other, sticking together and staying positive through the stressful times will help us accomplish anything.

Above all, we promise to keep the lines of communication open with our backers. If there's an issue that may cause significant delays or unexpected costs, we'll be sure to update all of our backers. And, we will always welcome your suggestions to help move the organization closer to its goals.

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    + Alchemy NFK family will gather to toast your name and create a piece of art on a live stream - a drink for each name. The more names, the more of a disclaimer we may need. Plus, you get updates on Alchemy NFK’s progress.

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    + Stickers of support
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    + Annual subscription to our special quarterly Alchemy NFK zine
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    + 2 Annual subscriptions (one to share or gift) to exclusive quarterly Alchemy NFK zine
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    + Ten VIP tickets to Alchemy NFK events of your choosing or ten hours of studio time.*
    + Small name recognition on donor wall.

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    OFFICIAL GALA SPONSOR
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    + Name on all tickets and promotional material for the event
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Funding period

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