Currently in the planning stages, my dream is to provide a relaxing environment for crafters and artisans of all skill levels to create and share in the Clintonville community of Columbus, OH.
I want to give something to all the creative and talented people living in my community, something that brings us together. Creativity is a synthesis brought about by human interaction and sharing ideas.
I specifically aim to :
** help people of all ages and backgrounds build their self-confidence by learning new skills/ crafts
** provide fledgling artisans and crafting entrepreneurs to have access to the equipment that may otherwise find the up-front costs to be prohibitive
** provide teaching opportunities for talented people looking to share their experience and abilities
** invigorate the local economy by providing jobs through the CCAC, by encouraging local artisans to create and sell, by creating mutually beneficial relationships with other local businesses as suppliers and/ or vendors and by attracting outside interest to our community
** provide workshops based on craft marketing and community organizing
** provide classes available for a wide variety of skill types and skill levels at both membership and non-membership prices.
** achieving 501(c)3 non-profit status
The funds would be used towards:
1- Renting/ leasing or otherwise obtain a commercial property
2- Obtaining crafting equipment: Sewing machines, sergers, spinning wheels, drum carders, various types of looms, jewelry-making tools & basic supplies, knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarn, dying supplies & facilites, etc
3- Obtaining furnishings
4- Computers, software, printer/ copier, wifi
5- Set up utilities
6- hiring a lawyer to aid in achieving 501(c)3 Non-profit status
7- hiring a talented and enthusiastic staff
It's one thing to get something as big as this off the ground, but it's quite another to keep it going. After initial start-up costs, this total should be enough to cover the 1st 6-month of operation until membership dues, class fees, equipment rentals and other revenue sources are sufficient enough to take over covering cost of operation.