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 Thanks to amazing support from our community near and far, we've met our initial Kickstarter goal of $25,000 with time still on the clock before the campaign ends on Sept. 15, and have unlocked our stretch goal of $40,000.

The  stretch goal will ensure that we hit the ground running and are able to  build a deck and ramp structure that connects the houses and integrates ADA-compliant updates with a outdoor common space for  gatherings, performances, and beyond.

Or as one of our team put it: we're moving from mission critical to mission awesome.

Public Space One (PS1) is moving to a new home in our downtown Iowa City neighborhood. This new home for us just happens to be two (2!) adjacent historic houses.

PS1 is an artist-run, community-driven contemporary art center. We host and produce gallery exhibitions, art and music performances, workshops, visiting artists, dialogue, residencies, and public art projects. Through sustained energy and ingenuity, countless volunteer hours, and an ethos that harnesses and amplifies the creative ideas of our specific community, we have steadily built a locally-resourced, regionally-recognized, and nationally known arts venue. We are an Iowa hub for contemporary art, artists, and audiences who desire connection to and a platform for new art ideas and actions. For 16 years we have done all these things in other people's buildings, and usually underground, but now we’re taking our future into our own hands!

clockwise from top left: Near Future pop-up art action space (2017), Black Women Are the Future panel (the CAS, 2019), exhibition opening for Eva Adderly and Lyndsay Nissen's joint exhibition Habit(at)s (2015), relief printmaking workshop at the IC Press Co-op, Heidi Casto leads a preschool visit to her group exhibition Give and Take (2018), Keith Lemley's installation The Woods (2011).
clockwise from top left: Near Future pop-up art action space (2017), Black Women Are the Future panel (the CAS, 2019), exhibition opening for Eva Adderly and Lyndsay Nissen's joint exhibition Habit(at)s (2015), relief printmaking workshop at the IC Press Co-op, Heidi Casto leads a preschool visit to her group exhibition Give and Take (2018), Keith Lemley's installation The Woods (2011).

We have built a reputation and been acknowledged as an integral part of Iowa City’s cultural fabric (if often existing as a counterpoint or underground "scene"). The City of Iowa City has recognized our contribution to the local creative community and awarded us the opportunity to purchase two adjacent historic houses on N. Gilbert St. (just a few blocks from our current location). We are transforming this corner into a dynamic and accessible art center that will include:

  • a gallery embedded in a welcoming community space
  • a permanent home for the Iowa City Press Co-op, our community-access educational print studio, with a new dedicated classroom space and loads of natural light
  • a public reading room/archive and dedicated residency studio for the Center for Afrofuturist Studies 
  • light-filled private studios for local artists
  • an outdoor space for community gatherings and art events

The City of Iowa City has supported us in the early stages of making this possible, but we need your help to make these houses an amazing home for art and possibilities.

What can you give to make this happen?

We are using this Kickstarter as a platform to inform our fans of our move while announcing a new level of presence to the broader community.

Our plan (like always) is to do THIS a little differently. We'll be releasing a new video each week during the campaign to shine a light on all the various aspects of our organization, programming, and art community. Along with this video series, we'll continue to provide updates and insights into this process of turning two historic houses into our new contemporary art home.

The north house (at 229) is in good shape and we'll be inviting you in soon! But the south house (225) needs a lot of work before it can house the Iowa City Press Co-op: namely, a new roof, electrical and plumbing updates, and remodeling to turn it into a beautiful community-access print studio.

We also want to ensure that both houses are fully physically accessible, which means remodeling bathrooms and building ramp access. Plus we need a boost to help cover moving expenses (including several tons of printing equipment) to make sure that everything keeps running smoothly during this transition and that we can start exhibitions, workshops, and beyond in our new space as soon as possible. That’s what our campaign is for: a CAPITAL campaign for our small ‘a’ art organization: the money invested here stays here with us and gives ALL OF US a permanent home (or homes, as the case may be) for new art, art action, artists, and art audiences in Iowa City.

We have something at every level (but you already knew this, right? No doubt you checked them out before getting this far in the reading). Here are some images! (Most rewards are partially tax-deductible, please inquire if you want specific details.)

Swag! Home Sweet PS1 tshirt, letterpress postcard, and window cling (mockups)
Swag! Home Sweet PS1 tshirt, letterpress postcard, and window cling (mockups)
mockup of CAS stickers with an image by Donté K. Hayes (available as a two-pack or along with a pledge to support the new CAS reading room).
mockup of CAS stickers with an image by Donté K. Hayes (available as a two-pack or along with a pledge to support the new CAS reading room).
"I/We Believe in Art" screenprint mockup, created by Sayuri Sasaki Hemann with community collaboration
"I/We Believe in Art" screenprint mockup, created by Sayuri Sasaki Hemann with community collaboration
Papermaking Workshop with artist Drew Cameron of Combat Paper in his Iowa City studio
Papermaking Workshop with artist Drew Cameron of Combat Paper in his Iowa City studio
(side and front view) Unique ceramic work by Donté K. Hayes from his True Kingz Series: Hero King. Ceramic, underglaze, glaze: 11"x9"x6"
(side and front view) Unique ceramic work by Donté K. Hayes from his True Kingz Series: Hero King. Ceramic, underglaze, glaze: 11"x9"x6"
Big House collaborative relief print (ed. of 30). Available as the original framed, or as a giclee reproduction. From the hands of Violet Austerlitz, Jenny Gringer, Donté K. Hayes, Daniel Peterson, Ariane Parkes-Perret, Mackie Garrett, Emily Jalinsky, John Engelbrecht, Sayuri Sasaki Hemann, and Daniel Smith.
Big House collaborative relief print (ed. of 30). Available as the original framed, or as a giclee reproduction. From the hands of Violet Austerlitz, Jenny Gringer, Donté K. Hayes, Daniel Peterson, Ariane Parkes-Perret, Mackie Garrett, Emily Jalinsky, John Engelbrecht, Sayuri Sasaki Hemann, and Daniel Smith.
Every pledge matters! $4 and a piece of mail art sent to us gets your mail art into an inaugural exhibition in our new space, and helps make it all possible!
Every pledge matters! $4 and a piece of mail art sent to us gets your mail art into an inaugural exhibition in our new space, and helps make it all possible!

Special thanks to Adam Engelbrecht for creating the music in our video!

Risks and challenges

Our goal of $25,000 will get us started, but it's just the beginning of a long haul and group effort. As this campaign unfolds, money will be invested in prioritizing a quick transformation of the spaces and move from our current location. To say there are a lot of moving pieces (and that some of them are VERY HEAVY) is an understatement.

Luckily, we have a great team in place and one that is motivated by a challenge, especially this opportunity to inject vibrancy into a beloved cultural neighborhood and carry the torch for a new era of visible, contemporary art in Iowa City.

As this campaign unfolds we will be updating the timelines and budget, planning to be nimble, planning for the unknown. As a grassroots and passionate team, we're not afraid to invest our own sweat equity in making this transformation a reality; that being said, solid community support here will make the payoff come quicker and shine more.

That said, the two big challenges to this project (in bullet points) are: 1) the expense and timing of building renovation and making sure that gets carried out before, 2) the expense and timing of moving a lot of things (some of them very, very heavy things).

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    Mail Art Exhibition

    This is your entry fee into our inaugural group exhibition... a mail art show! Pledge $4 and send us some mail art (a small scale piece sent through the postal service). We'll display it during our first exhibition opening at the new place (Oct. 4), then bury it in a time capsule on site. Do you want your art to be stored underground at PS1 for the future? Yeah, us too!

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    Limited Edition CAS stickers

    Designed by PS1 board member and artist extraordinaire, Donté K. Hayes, this limited edition 2.5"x3.5" sticker celebrates the arrival of The Center for Afrofuturist Studies reading room and archive! You get two -- one for you and one for a friend.

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    Letterpress Postcard

    Our exuberant Home for Possibilities image, designed by Sayuri Sasaki Hemann and letterpress printed postcard-size by Elizabeth Munger, in her IC studio and very likely accompanied by her canine pals Boo and Adonis.

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    "Home Sweet PS1" window cling

    Slap this 4"x4"vinyl graphic on your window--car, home, business, or fish tank. Tell the world this art org is getting their own home!

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    "Home Sweet PS1" shirt

    The same graphic as the cling, fashionably screen-printed on fabric instead of plastic!

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    "I/We Believe In art" print

    "I/We Believe In art" unframed, two-color screenprint. Composed by the community, created by Sayuri Sasaki Hemann, printed in house at ICPC, this is our community's manifestation of collective belief in art.

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    Swag bundle

    All you need to rep PS1!

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    • Limited Edition CAS stickers
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    Art/Home/Possibilities bundle

    "I/We Believe In art" two-color screenprint, "Home Sweet PS1" cling, and the letterpress postcard all together!

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    "Big House" archival giclee print

    A 8"x10" giclee reproduction of the collaborative "Big House" print produced by the Iowa City Press Co-op for this campaign.

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    the CAS Reading Room Founding Supporter

    The Center for Afrofuturist Studies will have a new public-access archive and reading/media room at 229 N. Gilbert, focused on contemporary/avant-garde black art, artists, and radical theory. Help us build the collection and we'll recognize you in the room as a founding supporter, and send you CAS stickers as bonus swag.

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    PS1 Possibility Donor Tile

    Live forever (at PS1)! Our thanks to you will take the form of a permanent donor tile. Each triangular, ceramic tile will be decorated and glazed with your input and inset in a highly visible location as part of the house connecting structure at PS1's new home.

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    Tile + Style

    A Possibility donor tile to live forever (at PS1) *and* your very own"Home Sweet PS1" shirt

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    PS1 Donor Art Pack!

    Another (bigger) bundle of art & possibilities!

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    Ultimate Donor Art Pack!

    Bundle of art & possibilities including "I/We Believe in Art" screenprint

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    "Big House" collaborative relief print

    A beautiful framed and matted hand-printed collaborative relief print! Made with the many hands of ICPC members, this is an ode to our new home that can live gracefully in yours! (12"x22" image in 18"x24" frame)

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    Papermaking Workshop w/ Drew Cameron

    Hosted Drew Cameron, this is an opportunity to spend an afternoon making paper with the artist behind the acclaimed Combat Paper project. Drew will welcome each donor (plus one guest) for a reflective experience in his Iowa City studio making paper from rag. A four-hour session on Saturday, April 4, 2020, complete with food and drinks and some handmade paper to take home with you.

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    The CAS studio sponsorship

    Sponsor one year of Center for Afrofuturist Studies residency space at 229 N. Gilbert St., supporting fully-funded opportunities for artists of color to imagine and enact new futures. You get a donor tile (for posterity) and public recognition for supporting all residencies this upcoming year.

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    ICPC Studio Sponsorship

    Set the ICPC's new facility up for success with a studio sponsorship! Your support helps us keep memberships and workshops affordable, outfit the studio with any additional items to make it a perfect fit, and offer free programming like demos and free art school workshops. We'll recognize your support prominently in the new studio at 225 N. Gilbert!

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    Possibilities Patron

    Let's cut to the chase. You're not here for rewards. You believe in what we do, from the weird to the profound, and want to see it be sustained and grow in a permanent home. Sure, a donor tile, but also undying gratitude and the satisfaction of making an experimental, inclusive space for art last in Iowa City.

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    Multiple Magic/Luck of the Draw

    Roll the dice, support PS1, get a print! We'll dig into our archive of print multiples and pick out something nice for you. Let the universe decide what awesome hand-pulled print from our collection will soon be yours!

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    The CAS/PromptPress Joint Publication

    Reserve your copy of the limited edition spring 2020 collaborative publication between The Center for Afrofuturist Studies and Iowa City journal PromptPress (promptpress.org). Guest edited by The CAS' director An Duplan featuring writing and artwork in an artist's book format.

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    Ceramic piece by Donté K. Hayes

    A truly unique offering from PS1 board member Donte' Hayes: this ceramic work is from his True Kingz Series and entitled "Hero King". Donte' is an integral part of the PS1 team, emerging artist on an international scale, and a hero himself. This is a golden opportunity to own a fantastic piece by a fantastic person before they do even more fantastic things. (11"x9"x6")

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Funding period

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