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junior high is a soon-to-be community space in hollywood, california. we seek to embolden and empower overlooked voices in the arts.
junior high is a soon-to-be community space in hollywood, california. we seek to embolden and empower overlooked voices in the arts.
junior high is a soon-to-be community space in hollywood, california. we seek to embolden and empower overlooked voices in the arts.
302 backers pledged $17,210 to help bring this project to life.

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hi i’m faye. i’m an artist living in my favorite place on earth: hollywood, california. i need your help to open JUNIOR HIGH, a community and art space in my neighborhood.

 quick background! three years ago i lived in boston and worked at a great venue called the middle east. i spent night after night listening to all dude bands with all dude crowds. it seemed weird to me because all my friends played music, all my friends lived in the city, it wasn't like there weren’t girls around? so on feb 11, 2013, i booked my first show featuring 4 all girl bands and it totally sold out! i was given a lot of leeway from there and booked a bunch more lady-driven content. two things happened

1. i realized i had a knack for curating content that people want to see and
2. i recognized a lack of safe spaces for women of all gender expressions and other marginalized voices to showcase their artistic pursuits.

i moved to LA three years ago and at first i was really sad and really scared. but then i made friends and i made artwork. you can see it here.

through the magic of friendship and the power of the internet, i became part of an amazing community of girls who are honestly the new frontier. my peers/this community of womyn are creating the most important art i've see today. and right now you really can't see it anywhere but on your phone screen.

sticker sheets for donors
sticker sheets for donors

so i want to create JUNIOR HIGH. a physical space serving as a platform for our shared passions. a place to have a voice. it’ll be for everyone who ever felt the art world was too expensive, too male saturated, too white, and too inaccessible.

so with your help, i want to host gallery shows, music events, comedy nights, and most importantly, community workshops like art classes and portfolio consultations for people of all ages. i want special programming for kids. especially kids living in low-income families or attending public schools that have lost arts funding. it’s vital to engage kids in the arts, and very few places in LA do that affordably.

another factor in this endeavor will be the “school store” where featured artists can sell their merchandise. you can expect cute stickers and tarot cards, t shirts, records, keychains, underwear, zines, candles. you know, pink stuff with drake's face on it. stuff you know you need.

kardashian kandles will be available at the school store
kardashian kandles will be available at the school store

your donation will go towards:

  • 1. rent for the space and a security deposit (which isn’t cheap) $10,000
    2. PA equipment (which is stuff i’m still learning about, but mostly just a sound mixer and an amp for live shows) $500
    3. art supplies (stuff like paint and paper for workshops and after-school programs for kids) $1000
    4. renovations (just things like like shelves and tables to set up a really special retail store) $1000
    5. city code (i need to make sure the space isn't violating any city ordinances, and that means hiring specialists and expeditors to file paperwork and read up on city municipal code. The last thing i want is a conflict with the state) $1000
    6. registering as a non profit $250 and
    7. finishing a really accessible website $250

so there you have it: $15,000. but, the more money we raise past our goal, the more financially secure we'll be for future months and years to come.

baby slut sticker sheet will be available at the school store
baby slut sticker sheet will be available at the school store

this has been my dream for as a long as i can remember. having a special space to offer the city. to feature more work by women, more work by people of color, more work by people told their art doesn’t matter.

i need this. LA needs this. i think the world kinda needs it. it’d be a better place out there if we heard more from people who aren't afforded places to speak.

i want to take up space.

fame whore pins will be available at the school store
fame whore pins will be available at the school store

Risks and challenges

transparency is important, and assessing risks and unexpected obstacles is vital to this project. i'm doing my best to alleviate delays on opening based on permits, finding the perfect space, and acquiring inventory for the store.

once i get funding, the hard part is out of the way and you'll all be notified as to our big grand opening, hopefully early this summer.

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    Everything listed above plus a special 4"x6" JUNIOR HIGH sticker sheet.

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    Everything above PLUS a JUNIOR HIGH enamel pin and a +1 to the future event of your choosing.

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    A PINK MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE: includes free admission to all content for a full year. Includes an adorable JUNIOR HIGH membership card as well as a members-only enamel pin.

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    A ROSE MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE: this includes everything listed in the PINK membership but you'll also get a seat on our "board" where you can help curate our monthly content. Plus a rad tote bag with our logo.

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    A GOLD MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE: this includes everything listed in the ROSE membership plus a t-shirt, front-of-the-line-access, and a +1 to all events. You'll also get the stickers and postcard from the earlier rewards.

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    A GOLD MEMBERSHIP plus a private party at JUNIOR HIGH for you and your friends. We'll supply the decorations, snacks, libations, and DJ (unless you wanna DJ which is totally chill too). We'll also hook up the cutest goodie bags you've ever seen. It's gna look like a teen dream and be genuinely the best night of your life. *GUARANTEED* Date subject to our mutual availabilities.

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