It’s been awhile since I’ve reached out on this here blog… but I wanted to write today to announce two things: 1) my studio is applying for a grant and needs your help and 2) I’ve got some upcoming truck events in the great Northwest. Please read on!
So, this grant. As many of you know, when I’m not printing out of a truck, I operate my business out of a cooperative studio in Portland called Em Space Book Arts Center. This is an amazing facility and has really allowed Power and Light Press to get up and running these past few years. Em Space provides shared workspace, equipment, education and community support to independent printers and bookbinders. We each pay monthly dues that go toward rent and upkeep, and in return we gain 24-hour access to the studio and all its wonders. This is a tremendous help to those of us who are starting a business but can’t yet invest in a fully equipped print shop of our own, or for the more casual printer/bookbinder who just needs occasional access to equipment and studio space. We also offer classes and other community outreach programming to try to increase awareness and familiarity with book arts.
We’re applying for a BIG small business grant to help us grow. This grant will award $250,000 to 12 small businesses who are making an important contribution to their communities. We firmly believe that Em Space is a vital resource in Portland, and thrill at the opportunities 250K could bring – improved workspace (with climate control?!), additional equipment investments, a visiting artists program, a dedicated paid manager position (it’s currently all volunteer run, mostly by Rory, who puts in well over 20 hours of unpaid work each week) and, most of all, just a bit of security that we can continue to provide for our members.
But in order to be considered for this grant, we first need to gather 250 votes by June 30th – that’s THIS SATURDAY! The voting process is super simple and quick – we don’t need any of your money, just one minute of your time, and it could help us out SO much. We’ve got just over 100 votes at the moment – please consider casting a vote for us so we can be in the running! All you have to do is visit www.missionsmallbusiness.com, click on “log in and support”, and search for “Em Space Book Arts Center” by name. That’s it! We really appreciate your support – thank you!!!
In other news, I’ve got a couple type truck events coming up. This weekend, I’ll be heading out to central Washington to an awesome place called Mighty Tieton. I’ll be taking part in their Camp Mighty Tieton, which will involve camping, experimental shelter-building, textile workshops, wine, music, movies in a barn and printing in a truck. Should be fun.
And then later in the summer, I’m planning a week-long tour of Eastern Washington and Oregon, with planned stops in Spokane, WA, Pendleton, OR, Enterprise, OR, Bend, OR, and McMinnville, OR. More on that later.
Thanks for reading, thanks for your support, and keep in touch!