What is Edgewater Workbench?
Edgewater Workbench is an up and coming community workshop space. It's a place where you can work on a weekend project, learn and/or teach a new skill, and meet other creative people from the neighborhood.
The main facets of Edgewater Workbench are:- Wood and metal workshop space/artist studio space
- Computer and 3D design/print lab
- Space for community groups to hold meetings and events
With access to space, tools, and knowledgable folks, there is a lot of potential for what you can get out of your contribution to Edgewater Workbench.
With the support of Alderman Harry Osterman, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, we’ve been given access to a 1200 sq. ft. storefront in the heart of our community. Now we need some help fixing it up so you can bring your tools over and get cracking!
Edgewater Workbench will also serve as the official headquarters for Community Glue Workshop and Edgewater Reads. Community Glue Workshop offers free monthly repair clinics where volunteers try their hands at fixing just about anything you could fit through the door! Edgewater Reads is currently working on a Little Libraries initiative. We’ll store book donations, provide space and guidance on building Little Libraries, and host Edgewater Reads meetings at Edgewater Workbench.
Who are we?
Ally Brisbin and Stuart Marsh are active community members in Edgewater, Chicago. We are core members of Community Glue Workshop, a repair collective that meets monthly to provide free repairs to anything brought in. Ally is the Marketing and Events Coordinator for the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, and has strong relationships throughout the small business community in Edgewater. Stuart is a jack of all trades. His background is in 3D design and animation, as well as carpentry and film production.
What We Need & What You Get
Our main funding needs are renovation costs. Right now the space is pretty raw, but we can spruce it up pretty quickly once we have the materials. We need help covering the cost of new flooring in a few areas, some paint to brighten it up, dry wall and peg board to hold us in, and some other odds and ends. We also need to furnish the place! Beyond that, we'll need help covering our overhead costs, like insurance and utilities.
If we don't reach our entire goal, the funds raised will still go toward our renovation costs. If we dramatically exceed our goal, the funds raised will go toward paying off our overhead expenses for 2014 in full.
With your contribution, you get to experience Edgewater Workbench! Get your name on our supporters' wall, attend our fundraiser party, create your own 3D printed model! We promise to deliver some fun in exchange for your donation!
Edgewater is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Chicago. We also have a high concentration of self-identified artists and other creative types. However, since we’re so densely populated, that means we don’t have a lot of extra room at home to create. Edgewater Workbench aims to alleviate the pains of a living room/studio/woodshop so you can just have a living room. It will be a place to collaborate, share your knowledge, and learn from others.But Edgewater Workbench is more than just a workshop, it’s a community space. We’ll open our doors to community groups, theatre companies, artists, educators -- anyone who needs space to do what they do!
A contribution to our campaign is a contribution to our community and an investment in education.
Other Ways You Can Help
Can't contribute? You can still help our cause!
- Share this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, whatever else!
- Donate tools in good working order! Please send a private message if you are interested in donating tools.
- Tell your friends and colleagues about our fundraiser! Saturday, Jan. 25, 6-9pm at 1106 W. Thorndale Ave., home of our friends Jackalope Theatre Company!