New Ship Creek venue to host concerts, art galleries, workshops

Posted by Matt Sullivan on May 15, 2013 

— A group of local organizers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for Anchorage Community Works, a proposed multi-use venue for concerts, film, art galleries, workshops, studio space and more. The group started renovating a warehouse near Ship Creek in April and plan to host a grand opening on July 13.

The Kickstarter was launched on May 9 with a goal of raising $10,000. As of Wednesday, Anchorage Community Works had attracted 65 backers who have pledged more than $6,700. Organizers have until June 8 to raise the rest. The perks for making a pledge include free entrance to future events and a personalized piece of art created by one of the resident artists.

The goal of the current fundraiser to purchase equipment and furnishings, while the art studio already has a screen printer and etching press. Organizers hope to pay for future expenses through memberships, rental fees and cover charges for events like concerts, lectures and art openings. Memberships start at $100 a month and include access to the Anchorage Community Works' resources, while the Kickstarter page says that organizers hope to attract members who will host their own events as well.

"Access to resources does limit the number of members we can accept," explained Brooklyn Baggett, one of the Anchorage Community Works organizers. "We are looking at 20-30 members this summer and possibly more in the future."

Anyone interested in a membership should contact Baggett at brooklyn@anchoragecommunityworks.com.

The grand opening, July 13 at 349 E Ship Creek Ave., will feature art by Craig Updegrove and music by local indie-rock band Ghost Hands, with more local musicians to be announced.

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