The Luminary is Trying to Move to Cherokee Street - Kickstarter Campaign
Local art conglomerate, The Luminary Center for the Arts has always been a somewhat non-categorical entity that contains a gallery/venue space as well as the AV Media Lab (or artist equipment library) which offers monthly memberships for local creatives that couldn't otherwise afford the gear.
Currently, they are looking to uproot from their fairly awkward location on Kingshighway to a ginormous spot on 2700 Cherokee Street which has since been the upstairs home of Pig Slop Studios. From the building plan, it doesn't appear that Pig Slop Studios, which is known to locals as the raw, stinky and downright weird-ass heart that pumps lifeblood into Cherokee, will continue to have a home in the much more conservative outlook of the Luminary. We're not privy to any sort of background information regarding this building upheaval but if you are, feel free to share it here.
We have just entered the final month for our Kickstarter project to help us move to a new location that will greatly expand our programs and events. So far, 77 people have pledged support and over 240 people from around the country have already "liked" the project. However, we still need your help to reach our goal or we won't receive any of the funds. We have a number of unique rewards that you can't get anywhere else: A Season (or Lifetime!) Pass to our Concert Series. A Limited Edition "New Ideas Use Old Buildings" Shirt. A Private Cocktail Party in the new building before it opens. Even a "piece of the building."
Don't wait to show your support. Back the project today, post the link to Facebook and Twitter, forward this email to your friends. We have come so far in the first few weeks of the campaign, now we need your help to make this move possible.
With 19 days to go, it seems fairly unlikely that the goal of $20,000 will be met with the current amount standing at $4,760. Which, if you happen to watch the entirety of the painfully-indie-hipster video, you will discover that this is merely a drop in the bucket of funding that they are trying to secure by March ($500,000 to purchase building and a total of $1 Million for renovations and operations).
Before you think we're trashing this campaign, let us just say this: it's these sort of big ideas, no matter how unclear the organization is behind them, that spur innovation and establish culture in an area of our city that could definitely benefit from it's existence. Cherokee is thriving with character, good intentions and stacks of energy, but it still has a long way to go before being considered a safe attraction and area that our city can claim on a national level. We think this project has the ability to refine this area's culture and focus further.
Enough of what we think - let's hear from some of the denizens of Cherokee Street give feedback of what this would mean for the area. Leave your thoughts in the comments.