Bucketworks would very much like to raise $18,000 by the end of the day
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For the past 11 years, Bucketworks has served as Milwaukee’s collaborative, all-purpose creative space for anyone looking to create art, start a business, put on a show, or simply workshop whatever crazy ideas they have banging around in their heads. But providing a warehouse-sized space for all that co-op creation comes at a price—a price disguised as something called “rent.” In a lengthy and impassioned blog post, Bucketworks director Tim Syth explains that the collective hasn’t been paying its rent for the last four months, and that it’s looking to drum up $18,000 in donations by the end of the day. Why has Bucketworks been delinquent with its rent? Syth explains:
For the year I have been here prior to those four months, we paid $7000/mo for 6 months and $2500/mo for 6 months before that. We are not paying rent because we spent $2500 on a broken heating system we don’t own, but because we could not afford to fix the system completely, we still paid $2500/mo to heat the space in the winter. We patched a roof we don’t own with the gracious donation of time from a Milwaukee startup that helps veterans develop job skills. We repaired air conditioners. We spent $2000 on a sprinkler system we don’t own to get the building up to code. We replaced toilets that were broken, patched floors, and fixed lights, all while running the organization.
Syth notes that he isn’t playing the “blame game” with the building’s landlord, or with other (unnamed) parties interested in the space. The $18,000 would pay for six months of rent, giving Bucketworks time to bring “stability to this wonderful project.” If the goal isn’t met by the end of the day, Syth says, any funds collected will be used to “find a new home.”
Donations can be made via Paypal on the Bucketworks website.