Who We Are
When Portland’s Oregon College of Art and Craft closed last May, a home for craft and the attendant educational opportunities for students of all ages, educators and artists were lost. To help offset this some, Ninety-Twenty Studios seeks to become a center for those seeking craft-based practice, education, and collaboration. We are artists, educators, and makers demonstrating what creative endeavors can be achieved in the vibrant art culture in Portland, OR. Our production varies from jewelry/metalsmithing to woodworking, welding, large scale sculpture, and soft goods as well as processes supported by computer technology. This Kickstarter will support the further development of Ninety-Twenty Studios as we pursue opportunities to engage with the craft community and provide outreach to our regional community in multiple ways.
As part of this effort, we have established Ninety-Twenty Workshop, a classroom and studio space that will allow us to offer a wide variety of courses and workshops to students of all levels, ranging from jewelry, functional ware and tools to woodworking and sculpture. We have established a partnership with a local non-profit organization whose focus is on craft education in Portland. With newly acquired equipment, Ninety Twenty Workshop will offer programming that honors the legacy of OCAC through continued skill-building in craft.
Ninety-Twenty Studios’ goal is to open our doors to a variety of community-based activities that enhance the pursuit of making while strengthening craft traditions in Portland.
In addition to providing a craft-based curriculum to those who are seeking such opportunities, each of our workshops and classes will offer at least one scholarship opportunity for students, artists, and community members who would not otherwise have access to this type of hands-on education. Our outreach efforts will include community-based organizations, high schools and other associations who can help us extend these scholarship prospects.
Ninety-Twenty Studios’ half-acre lot will allow us to host events such as creator/maker exchanges, panel discussions and lectures, and small exhibitions and craft sales while providing resources for artists. Giving back to the community is an integral part of the Ninety-Twenty Studios vision. We want to help others grow creatively in a supportive, rigorous and collaborative environment. We strongly believe that making can change lives; making matters, and we’d like to be a part of this essential effort.
How Will your Donations be Used?
Ninety-Twenty Studios’ 1963 building needs improvements to support classes, workshops and other activities. To better serve our current and future community, we need your support for the following:
- Annealing shed for annealing and large scale soldering
- Extended natural gas lines for torches
- Ventilation for torches
- Electrical upgrades
- Reimbursements for classroom renovation
- Purchase of student shared tool-kits (especially important for scholarship participants)
- Shipping container for storage
- Reconfiguration of fencing
- Removal of asphalt
- Key-less entry
- Improved lighting in classroom
- Marketing and Public Relations
If the Kickstarter campaign is successful and we exceed our goals, we are dreaming of the following:
- New rear gate
- Sinks with drainage pumps
- Additional classroom tools and equipment (we need a beverly shear!)
- Casting set-up for classes
- Additional shipping container for spray booth and grinding area
- Security alarm system
Reasons To Support
This Kickstarter is intended to help support the art and craft community in Portland, OR. With the demise of the Museum of Contemporary Craft (2016), the closing of Marylhurst University and the Art Gym (2018) and the Oregon College of Art and Craft (2019), the maker community has lost independent, non-profit institutions that valued traditional processes and haptic knowledge. Ninety-Twenty Studios is a space for makers providing a supportive environment for sharing resources, realizing ideas, learning new skills, and celebrating Art and Craft. We hope to be part of a new wave of organizations that will provide space, equipment and energy for the maker community. Let’s keep it alive through your support of Ninety-Twenty Workshops and be a part of helping to keep both traditional and cutting-edge artistic practices strong.
Rewards are produced by the tenants of Ninety-Twenty Studios. This collective of artists working out of these studios offer hand made objects with gratitude for your help.
Risks and challenges
Sustainability of skill building resources is the biggest challenge we face. When distilling what sustainability really means, the answer is consistent funding. We want to meet this challenge head on and the success of this Kickstarter campaign is critical. Your donations will actively "kickstart" our goal to bring craft education and healthy studio practice to East Portland. Building the machine that is Ninety Twenty Workshops will become an efficient, collaborative, craft education center. Once established and set in motion Ninety Twenty will feed itself.
Poor leadership and lack of transparency are areas we think is where past entities have stumbled. It's not a coincidence that these two elements are linked; if communicate is poor, critical information may not be available. In order to overcome these challenges we must be vigilant and prolific with our communication. Our partnership with a local non-profit organization is one way we must stay transparent. Because of this partnership, there is criteria in the form of scholarship opportunities to be met. In addition, quarterly open studio events, monthly meetings and encouraging open and solution based dialog will be implemented. We will stay aware of management successes and failures and quickly correct course.
We are committed to transforming a 1963 two story fixer-upper commercial building in NE Portland into a center for rigorous studio practice and skill building. Major components like the roof, furnace and installing a small kitchen are improvements that we've already accomplished. Another goal of this campaign is to further fortify the property to receive students safely, be energy efficient and organized.
We understand that advertising, promotion and event hosting is a challenge. Our plans to mitigate these tasks is to seek help from others to establish a strong web presence, maintain web communications, regularly optimize our search engine visibility, coordinate and publish workshop schedules, create online enrollment access and processing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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