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recycle/reuse art center needs resources in Philly

Postby robinsimons » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:42 am

I'm networking as a birthday present for my brother. He has a place called phactory, in the Kensington area of Philadelphia, that he is trying to rehab. It is an old factory/industrial complex and he wants to create a space that can be used as art gallery, recycling center, gardens, space for classes and parties, skills development center, basically a huge green building with multiple uses and as a nonprofit. He needs help, as he's doing it on a shoestring. He needs: a green builder or contractor that can donate labor/materials and or take on a pro bono project someone who can help with a nonprofit business plan materials, materials, and more materials. as much of this that can be donated needs to be donated. Any ideas or leads? Thanks
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Re: recycle/reuse art center needs resources in Philly

Postby Tituba » Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:45 am

He should put up a website. Then he should talk to a reporter in his area about the story and get some press. He could also go on his local cable access channel.
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Re: recycle/reuse art center needs resources in Philly

Postby urbanpioneer » Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:56 am

He needs to get out and talk to as many people as he can, particularly in the government services area and established service-based non-profits and LISTEN to what they have to say about the known needs in the community that aren't being met and what resources might be available. Does a local high school have a construction trades instructor who can bring his students over for some free hands-on labor? Is there and AMOS organization in your area? They could be a great partner, especially with having already assessed needs and resources. The answeres are out there. He just needs to talk to enough people until he gets them.
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Re: recycle/reuse art center needs resources in Philly

Postby robinsimons » Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:08 pm

what's AMOS?
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Re: recycle/reuse art center needs resources in Philly

Postby urbanpioneer » Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:05 am

It stand for "A Metropolitan Organizing Strategy" It is usually run by the Jesuits and connected to the catholic church. Their activities are strictly local. An organizer comes to the community and holds meetings, talks to groups and helps them determine what is most needed in a community and then acts as a faciltator for the communities efforts. In some communities this has ended up being affordable housing, in others, something else, perhaps a free or low-cost medical clinic or a food bank. But whatever , it is a from the ground-up local kind of thing. Try googling it, or call catholic charities in your area and see if they know who to call. The important thing for your brother to remember is get as many "partners" as he can in the community. That includes politicians, community organizers, churches, arts councils and get them in on the decision making process. This way he won't be re-inventing the wheel, trying to duplicate services that are provided elsewhere, or where people don't forsee a need for them. (Ex: he is trying to provide artist spaces. Are there other places in the community that provide that? Do the local schools have Adult Ed art classes already that are held in the empty classrooms at night? We have that here in our community.) Also, these partners will have access to funding sources or grant opportunities that your brother might not have or even know about.
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