The Silent Barn’s Kickstarter campaign has officially been deemed a success, with the formerly-in-Ridgewood venue/performance space/art space/etc. ready to use the $40,595 it raised through the peer-to-peer fundraising program (as well as money from benefit shows and other initiatives) to start casting about for a new space—and, as is customary with Kickstarter campaigns, to send out thank-you presents to people who were particularly generous. The people behind the space posted a message to their supporters on Facebook that has thank yous to important people, an update on their move to a new location, and, should you be so inclined, information on how to get involved in the next steps of the DIY space’s development. There’s even a test!
The Kickstarter is closed! The campaign is over! Expect some surveys soon about getting you all those wacky rewards 🙂
Now we just continue to search like mad for the amazing space to unroll our next incarnation (Old german beerhalls! Delapidated churches! Get a bike a join the hunt with us!), while working on opening a local bank account (at this Bushwick/Bed Stuy-only bank called Brooklyn Co-Operative) for our newly formed LLC named Paesthetics LLC (the term is shorthand for how we’ve described the interior decor and mentality of Silent Barn) and finalizing of fiscal sponsorship (i.e. becoming a legitimate non-profit) through Flux Factory (an inspiring alternative arts and residency space in Queens).
This will be our last official Kickstarter update. After some development of a website for this project, we’ll have a newsletter for you all to join if you’d like, but in the meantime, please visit our volunteer group to be involved with all the planning and brainstorming: groups.google.com/group/shhhbarn
Also, if you haven’t yet taken the BARN, you should give it a whirl. It’s a brief list of questions for people interested in being more directly involved with the Silent Barn for it’s next incarnation, which is going to be run by a much broader base of people: silentbarn.org/barnexam
The questions on the exam are pretty basic—do you have equipment or ideas for future projects, “do you enjoy information overload” (hey, it’s worthy of checking these days!)—so if you’re an interested potential volunteer who still has nightmares about the SAT, don’t worry! It’s all very friendly.