Philadelphia Sculpture Gym

1. Describe the project a STAKE Grant would help you accomplish (approx. 100 words):
A STAKE grant would help the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym rebuild the furnaces used in our metal casting workshops. Right now metal casting is our most popular workshop and the furnaces are some of the most valued pieces of equipment in our shop. The furnaces were recently vandalized, and one was destroyed beyond repair. This STAKE grant would be a huge help in helping to repair our foundry.

2. How will you use the grant toward the realization of your project? $800 is your imaginary budget (50 words):
The $800 grant would be used towards purchasing materials to rebuild our furnaces, including steel, refractory cement, hardware and blowers. The furnaces will be rebuilt in a "Build your own furnace" workshop, so our members will not only help rebuild them, but also learn how to build their own.

3. A little about yourself and what led you to your current creative goals. This may include a previous project of yours, ways it both succeeded and failed (this can be entirely unrelated to your proposal) (100 words):
I'm a sculptor working in materials such as clay, plaster and resin and have been unable to work in wood or metal until recently due to non-ideal studio spaces. I started the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym because I know how hard it is to get the expensive equipment needed to make sculpture all in one place. The space will allow artists and craftspeople access to woodworking, metal working, mold making and casting equipment in exchange for a daily, weekly, or monthly membership fee. We will also offer “personal training sessions” (one on one help with projects), “lockers” (storage space) and group classes in a wide variety of processes, as well as a gallery space for the exhibition of members work.

4. Why is this project important? How will it benefit the community? (100 words):
The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym is an important project because it will allow artists/craftspeople access to a wide variety of tools and heavy-duty equipment that they can use as much or as little as they need to. Artists without studio space will have a place to come make work and people who have wanted to learn various processes will be able to take classes. The artists of Philadelphia will be able to make their work on their own terms yet have access to a community of artists working in the space, which will allow for networking and the sharing of ideas.