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What is Milagro Arts Center?

Milagro Arts Center is a nonprofit community arts center, maker-space and inspiration hub in downtown Prescott, Arizona. We will offer affordable access to shared studios in ceramics, letterpress and printmaking, digital media and analog photography. 

Workshops, lectures and panel discussions, an artist in residence program, common areas and gallery space will connect our growing community through creative experiences and put Northern Arizona on the map as a contemporary fine arts destination.

Milagro is also home to Prescott's newest and most professionally equipped recording studio. Our wired central stage and performance area will be used for local and traveling musicians and special events.

Milagro Arts Center
Milagro Arts Center

The Details:

Shared Studio Space 
- Daily/monthly rentals of studios and specialized equipment, similar to the YMCA model. We will have shared studio space in:
- Ceramics
- Letterpress and Printmaking
- Digital Media 
- Analog Photography

Workshops, Events, and Programs
- Immersive workshops taught by professional artists.
- Unique lectures, special events, and panel discussions.
- Monthly group meetings and ongoing events.
- An arts mentorship program and weekly critiques.
- Artist in Residence program.

Access to a Professional Recording Studio and Stage Area
- Milagro Sound will offer quality recordings of music, voice over, podcast, commercial/radio ad, etc. A sound stage will be available for recording larger projects and hosting special events. The studio will work closely with the Milagro Arts Media department and will run sound and record all events, lectures and performances to be archived and made available on the Center’s website.

Milagro's Digital Media Lab
Milagro's Digital Media Lab
Moving in the 10 x 15 Chandler & Price Letterpress.
Moving in the 10 x 15 Chandler & Price Letterpress.
Milagro's stage area and community space.
Milagro's stage area and community space.
Music on Prescott's 4th Friday Art Walk.
Music on Prescott's 4th Friday Art Walk.

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Check out some behind the scenes footage of our Kickstarter video! 

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What will your contribution support?

Your contributions will make Milagro Arts Center possible. We have already succeeded in the sustainable renovation of our historic building, but we are not yet fully open or operational. 

We need you, the people who believe in our vision and want to help build this growing artistic space, to support us in moving forward. With your help we will be able to acquire the equipment and resources needed to officially open our doors. 

Goal #1 - Purchase specialized equipment for our shared studios, stage area and community spaces. *Click here for general list of equipment.

Goal #2 - Hire staff to develop and oversee our studios and contribute to Milagro's future workshops and projects.

*Once we reach our goal of $30,000 a generous match will kick in and all money raised through Kickstarter will be doubled!! 

 

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 Why invest in Milagro Arts Center?

Milagro Arts Center: What We Believe

1. We believe that art makes our lives better. 
Arts and cultural opportunities are important to a healthy community, to a high quality of life and to economic opportunity. Everyone deserves access to thoughtful art and creative experiences.

2. We believe that curiosity, creativity and innovation shape the world. Sharing ideas is powerful. People matter. Relationships matter. Environment matters.

3. We believe in being respectful, humble and kind. Be generous, tell stories, listen and learn from each other.

4. We believe that everyone needs a place to connect and belong.

5. We believe in attention to detail.

6. We believe in finding the balance between the heart and the head.
Good art is messy and honest, beautiful and important, thoughtful and unique.

7. We believe that art-making is inherently vulnerable.
We embrace this and act courageously. We find strength and connection in creativity.

8. We believe in taking risks.
Wander, explore and experiment.

9. We believe that everyone is an artist.
Daydream, imagine and create.

10. We believe in having fun and making stuff.

11. We believe in creating the context for great things to happen.
Everything is possible.

12. We believe that good art doesn't happen in a bubble.
Art is the integration and expression of our lived experience. 

13. We believe in experiencing life deeply.

14. We believe in building safe supportive spaces to take creative risks, to collaborate and inspire.

15. We believe in the potential of Milagro Arts Center.

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Why Kickstarter?

Community. We want to develop and nurture our local artistic community, offer a greater diversity of creative experiences, AND reach out to global makers, artists and educators. Our mission is to become a local to global hub for the arts and environment. Utilizing Kickstarter's well established and well laid out platform made sense when we decided to seek funding in a manner that would involve many hands.

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What is Milagro's timeline?

Our Kickstarter campaign runs from December 16th - January 30th. It takes about 2-3 weeks to receive funding from a successful campaign. During the month of February we will finalize our plans for building and equipping each studio, then begin scheduling workshops and unique events for the spring and summer. In March, we will purchase and install our new equipment. On April 4th we will open our studio spaces to the public!

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Rewards (we will be adding new rewards throughout our campaign)

$1 - Your name will be proudly displayed on our blog and we will high-five in your honor.

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$10 - Your name will be in the 'I Made This Milagro' book and also proudly displayed on our blog. 

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$15 - A Milagro Arts Center logo tshirt.

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$20 - A cd compilation of Arizona music recorded in Milagro Sound. This compilation includes the theme song from our Kickstarter video, The Friendship Song, by Dutch Holly.

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$25 - A set of 5 letterpress postcards with inspiring creative quotes.

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$25 - A handmade one-of-a-kind mug made in our ceramics studio.

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We are working with some great artists to create a series of one-of-a-kind tshirts and sweat shirts with thoughts about making art (and our logo). Some examples of text are:

"Break rules, make art."
"Drink coffee, make art."
"Hold hands, make art."
"Make history, make art."  
"Whatever, make art."

Folks who purchase these rewards will have a choice of size, color, and quote/artwork. 

$25 - A handprinted "... Make Art" super-soft and flowy long-sleeve off shoulder tshirt. 

$25 - A handprinted "... Make Art" long-sleeve raglan (baseball) tshirt.

$45 - A handprinted "... Make Art" long-sleeve super-soft and cozy fleece wide-neck sweat shirt. 

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$35 - A handprinted 'What We Believe' letterpress poster printed in our letterpress studio.

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$35 - A handprinted 'Milagro Manifesto' letterpress poster printed in our letterpress studio.

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$65 - A yearly supporting membership for 1 person and a Milagro logo tshirt. This is a discounted membership rate/tshirt package only available through our kickstarter campaign.

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$100 - Access to one shared studio space (choice of ceramics, letterpress/printmaking, digital media, analog photography) for 1 month. This is a discounted rate only available through our kickstarter campaign. Access will begin on April 4, 2016.

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$120 - A yearly supporting membership for 2 people and 2 Milagro logo tshirts. This is a discounted membership rate/tshirt package only available through our kickstarter campaign.

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$125 - A Milagro charm necklace designed by artist, Kit Carson, and made especially for Milagro Arts Center.

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$195 - A 5 week introductory class in one of our studios (choice of ceramics, letterpress/printmaking, digital media, analog photography). This class is for those who do not have prior experience in their medium of choice, or would like to just brush up on their skills. Students will have full access to the studio during the length of the class and will be able to purchase an 'art gym' membership once the class has been completed.

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$255 - Access to one shared studio space (choice of ceramics, letterpress/printmaking, digital media, analog photography) for three months. This is a discounted rate only available through our kickstarter campaign. Access will begin on April 4, 2016.

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$455 - Access to one shared studio space (choice of ceramics, letterpress/printmaking, digital media, analog photography) for six months. This is a discounted rate only available through our kickstarter campaign. Access will begin on April 4, 2016.

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$500 - A one-of-a-kind bag made by artist Pam Robbins, half Creek Yuchi Indian. The bag is made from a 1950's wool Navajo rug - Guatemalan lining with both open and zippered pockets and a strap made from a leather horse rein.

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$800 - Access to one shared studio space (choice of ceramics, letterpress/printmaking, digital media, analog photography) for one full year. This is a discounted rate only available through our kickstarter campaign. Access will begin on April 4, 2016.

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$875 - A one-of-a-kind 'Photo-leaf box' created by Kristen Densmore.

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$2000 - A one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry made by artist, Jesse Robbins. The person who purchases this reward will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with the artist to design and create the piece.

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$5000 - Private event for up to 100 people hosted by Milagro Arts Center (catering not included). 

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*If you would like to choose an amount to donate and receive no rewards, you can! Go to the top of Milagro's Kickstarter page, click on 'Back This Project', then click on 'No thanks, I just want to help this project'. Then write in the pledge amount you would like to donate. 

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Thank you for your support!

 
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Risks and challenges

This is a big project. We have been working hard for three years to make Milagro Arts Center a reality. We are so grateful to our community for their support and participation. We have outlined our mission, developed a strong vision, and determined what we will need to be successful. There have been obstacles, and will surely be more, but we are committed to facing challenges with strength, perseverance and optimism. With your help, Milagro Arts Center will successfully open its doors and develop into a creative resource for many years to come.

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    As a thank you for getting involved with the project, you will have your name proudly displayed on our website and we will high-five in your honor.

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    Your name in the 'I Made This Milagro' book on display at Milagro Arts Center and your name proudly displayed on our website.

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    Access to one studio (ceramics, digital media, analog photography, or letterpress) for 12 months.

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    Movie Night! at Milagro Arts Center for you and 39 of your friends. You choose the movie and we'll provide popcorn and refreshments.

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    A one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry made by Jesse Robinson. The person who purchases this reward will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with the artist to design and create the piece.

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    You will purchase one of the potters wheels for Milagro's clay studio. The wheel will be named in your honor and we'll hang a permanent sign in the studio acknowledging your amazing gift. Plus a yearly annual membership for 2 people, a choice of 2 tshirts, both letterpress posters, and 2 handmade mugs.

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    You will purchase the medium format film scanner for Milagro's digital media studio. The scanner will be named in your honor and we'll hang a permanent sign in the studio acknowledging your amazing gift. Plus a yearly annual membership for 2 people, a choice of 2 tshirts, both letterpress posters, and 2 handmade mugs.

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    You will purchase one of the large format inkjet printers for Milagro's digital media lab. The printer will be named in your honor and we'll hang a permanent sign in the studio acknowledging your amazing gift. Plus a yearly annual membership for 2 people, a choice of 2 tshirts, both letterpress posters, and 2 handmade mugs.

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    Private event for up to 100 people hosted by Milagro Arts Center. Music and sound included (catering not included). Plus a yearly annual membership for 2 people, a choice of 2 tshirts, both letterpress posters, and 2 handmade mugs.

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Funding period

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