This winter MediaStyle is creating a space for Ottawa’s creative community. Since opening our office a year ago we’ve hosted a lot of events: art shows, wine tastings, private parties and many professional and amateur film shoots.
Just above our offices at Bank and Slater Street about 3000 square feet of empty space has opened up. We jumped at the chance to create something new.
We are calling it IdeaSpace: Ottawa’s creative collaboration studio.
We know Ottawa is cool enough to help us fill it with awesome. We want to host un-conferences, evening workshops, hacker nights, pop-up shops and month-long gallery shows. We want your ideas on what to put in the space and how we can best host Ottawa’s creative community.
What We Need & What You Get
What is the $12,000 for?
We’ll be using the funds to gut the upstairs (a former tanning salon) and to add all the basics required for a giant empty studio. When the studio isn’t in use, the large open area will be used for workshops, meetings, gatherings of community media groups and blogs. We envision a lively space that’s used by many Ottawa media organizations, bloggers, community groups and content makers. We hope people host conferences, build art installations and use the space to dance. We’ll charge a cost-recovery based fee but also provide flexibility when arranging payment; we’re open to hearing from people with ideas
This is phase one of the Ottawa IdeaSpace project. Over the course of the studio’s next few years, as we learn about what our creative community needs, our plan is to continue to adapt and evolve the space to meet those needs. Already high on the list is ensuring the space has live-to-web capacity; and introducing some professional level media gear to help enable collaboration and broadcast online. Our goal each month is to cover the rent on the space so the rental fees will be affordable for most projects.
Phase One Estimated Costs: $10,000 - $19,000
- Demolition/permits: $4000-6000
- Electrical work: $2000-3000
- New floor: $10,000
Why not just fund it yourselves?
We are a start up company. We need to test our crazy ideas before jump in with both feet. And, we need community buy-in to make this work. We are asking creative people in Ottawa to commit to a day, a week or a month in the space with a small downpayment in the form of an upfront investment in our crazy dream.
Ways You Can Help
Book a day, week or month in the space using the IndieGoGo perks! You can book the space for your business, organization or to donate the time to a community group.
We understand that some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:
- Please share the idea with people
- Use the Indiegogo share tools and distribute this to your networks
Team on This Campaign: