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Save the Gnu's Room! This non-profit bookstore, independent venue, social hub for creative discourse is a vital core of our community.
Save the Gnu's Room! This non-profit bookstore, independent venue, social hub for creative discourse is a vital core of our community.
82 backers pledged $4,030 to help bring this project to life.

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 The Gnu's Room: a non-profit bookstore and community art space has been the cornerstone of our independent arts community in Auburn, AL.

 Due to the difficulties of high urban rent and waning financial support, The Gnu's Room is struggling to make ends meet and fulfill its mission of promoting literacy and the arts in Southeast Alabama. Our community is heavily marginalized in the predominant culture of today... and those who love books, independent films, and local music have got to come together and show their support!

 We are trying to raise the seed money to move The Gnu's Room into a huge, low-cost warehouse space in the new Arts District of Opelika (supported by the Alabama Arts Council, The Railyard independent venue, and the future Cotton Seed Studios)

But we need help to make this move possible!

Pledges of varying amounts can earn you rewards like free books, tickets to our benefit concert, local artwork, and genuine ivory scrimshaw bookmarks.... Plus the added reward of keeping our artistic community strong and well...

 Don't let our favorite meeting place for all things artistic, inspirational, and happily weird disappear! The Gnu's Room plays a vital role in serving the area with rare volumes of nearly-forgotten wisdom and creating more arts through their publishing house, Solomon & George Publishers. We want to use the freedom of the Opelika Arts District space to expand community services to include e-publication archiving of these rare works, i.e. the Gnu Library, in-house printing services, art galleries, and a scrap exchange program for resident artists.

Help us realize our vision of an artists community that is sustainable and united!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge facing our organization is pursuing often non-existent arts funding in our state and region. We hope to overcome that difficulty by providing useful services in a retail format. For example: We re-sell donated books in our bookstore. The Scrap Exchange will sort and recycle materials to bring low cost arts-and-crafts, packaging, and garden supplies to our proactive community members. Our e-publication service will partner with other publishing houses to archive older texts in a subscription format, with much volunteer labor in the transcription process. Expanding our in-house publishing will enable writers in our region to print and publish their works. All these services correspond to our mission of promoting arts, music, and literacy. The problems of the current location include a high rent cost with not enough space to offer most of these services. The new location will create not just more opportunities for our mission, but continue our ability to provide a common meeting place for the forum of artistic and creative solutions.

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    A pledge of $5 gets you a surprise book (genre of your choice.) From poetry to fiction to alternative energy choices to endless possibilities, and from the very shelves of the non-profit bookstore our community initiative is hoping to save from closing their doors.

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    A pledge of $10 purchases a ticket to our benefit concert on June 8th at The Railyard in Opelika, featuring over a dozen local, independent bands to entertain and support the relocation of The Gnu's Room to the new Opelika Arts District. Many of these bands got their start at the small independent venue of the Gnu's Room Bookstore.

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    A pledge of $25 will reward you with a beautiful, original piece of multimedia artwork from local artists of Opelika and Auburn.

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    A pledge of $75 will earn you gorgeous re-purposed glass bottle vase, as part of the future location's Scrap and Recycle service. Custom design available.

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    Book lovers and art lovers delight! A pledge of $100 or more will deliver your custom, hand-painted ivory scrimshaw bookmark. These beautiful pieces were recycled from donated pianos as part of The Keynote Project, a local public piano initiative sponsored by The Gnu's Room non-profit.

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