WHITECLAY MAKERSPACE 501(c)(3)
WHAT IS A MAKER SPACE?
The Maker space will be a safe space for local Pine Ridge/Whiteclay artists and craftspeople to create. The space will be equipped with tools such as:
other specialized and standard tools and equipment.
There will be a place for artists to obtain supplies, mentor, collaborate, teach classes and safely store pieces in process. The Maker space will also provide storefront and online sales to add support and stability for local artists.
WHY BUILD A MAKER SPACE?
In the wake of the liquor stores being closed, the maker space was an obvious first choice. The lack of safe work spaces, storage, access to resources, have plagued local artists for decades.
WHY in WHITECLAY, Nebraska?
First of all, it is next to a huge, underserved population of talented artists and youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Secondly, Whiteclay was home to 8 residents and 4 beer stores. Those stores sold 3.5 million cans every year to residents of the reservation. With law enforcement neglecting this small town, the streets of Whiteclay became a place known for violence, murders, diseases, and other alcohol-related issues.
As of April 2017, the four beer stores were shut down. Creating this maker space in Whiteclay will bring hope and help restore the opportunity, and community vibrancy that Whiteclay beer sales stole.
HOW WILL THE MAKER SPACE SUSTAIN ITSELF?
Through small membership fees, a small commission in helping artists sell their work, and the profits of selling supplies the space will be able to cover operating costs and grow.