DONATE TODAY! ONE MORE DAY LEFT TO HELP 5EGALLERY SAVE THEIR BUILDING
What are we doing?
We are proudly and purposefully taking the 5e Gallery to the next level. By next level, we mean- taking the steps now necessary to ensure that this institution of 21st Century contemporary Hip Hop culture, that is loved and celebrated internationally, remains in our hands and it’s current location.
What We’ve been up to…
Since the 5e Gallery was established in our humble first location in 2008, we’ve been leading a new cultural movement in Detroit. A 21st century cultural movement that uses Hip Hop for civic engagement, youth empowerment, life-skills development, building community, and most importantly nurturing people.
In just three short years, we’ve experienced such phenomenal growth in our creative community (in art, population size, and in community values) that in 2011, we made the big decision to ‘step our game up’ and grow our capacity. For us, ‘grow our capacity’ meant three main things:
- providing more physical space for our culture-redefining art exhibitions, events and programming.
- providing access to state-of-the-art tools for creative professional skills-development.
- providing more workshops and programs for youth empowerment and community building.
In 2010, with our BIG self-determined spirit, a few donations from our family and friends, and every bit of savings we had :) we set out and “purchased” our current location at 2661 Michigan Ave.(right on the border of the historic cultural districts Corktown and ‘Southwest Detroit’). Why the “” around purchased you ask? …because by “purchased” we mean a ‘land contract’ with a balloon payment of $50,000 due in March 2013 …which brings us to why we’re here today.
One full year since we made the big move- the 5e Gallery has garnered local, state-side and international recognition for our powerful and transformative work. We have developed ongoing collaborations with the University of Michigan, Allied Media Conference/ AMP, Eastern Michigan Environmental Action Council, Charles H. Wright Museum, and Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. We helped co-author a federal grant that brought $2.1M to Detroit for broadband adoption. Yes, we did receive a small amount of funding …just not quite enough to prevent the 5e Gallery from having to close our doors for almost 11 months due to rising bills, $$$ for permits/ local ordinances, and basic renovations to make the building safe and comfortable for community use.
Though we have re-opened this past summer to do our great youth work it has been in a limited capacity and with great financial challenges. These challenges have forced us to face the reality that building a cultural institution such as the 5e Gallery, that is here to serve the Detroit and global arts community, takes muuuuch more then the humble freelance [spotty] income of it’s two founders ….it’s gonna take our entire global arts community.
Below is a list of all of the gallery needs that we are currently raising funds for.
The top of the list is the building needs, the equipment is a wish list to get us up to professional standards so we can make money with our skills.
We have applied for grants and organized fundraisers. And have received funding to be used towards our current Maker Space programming.
Our Initial Fundraising effort is the Indiegogo campaign we will be launching this week.
We Appreciate all your support!
Licenses - Facilities and Operations
Building Compliance $208.00
Building Inspections $600.00
Cafe / Concert / Performance License $2500 (Includes City of Detroit Hearing and Licenses)
Completion of Purchase $50,000
Front Facade Repair - $10,000
Building Foundation Repair - $30,000
Roof Repair - $30,000
Projector - $3000
Electric Theater Projector Screen - $700
Professional Sound System - $15,000
Industry Standard Microphones - $800
Industry Standard Instrument Microphones - $800
Microphone Stands - $300
Cannon 7D Camera w Lens For Filming and Documentation - $4000
Zoom Microphone for Filming - $400
Drum Kit $1500
DJ Equipment $3500
All Donations accepted, & what can help us even more are donations of $500 & $1000.
We really need your help. Accepting All Donations… Free Detroit Hip Hop T-shirts with any Donation over $40 dollars.
All Donators over $250 become Partners + get Free Admission to all events… for one Year!