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WE HIT OUR $40K GOAL!
You've shown us an overwhelming wave of support and we're elated, humbled, and freshly emboldened to keep building you a new kind of community gathering space.
Now, let's upgrade. Welcome to the stretch goals.
$45K The Tinkerer: We believe that everyone is a tinkerer and we're striving to give a new generation the confidence to take risks, rethink the norms, and rebuild the world around them.
$55K Sound and Color: We believe in local artists and, as always, a good ol' rumpus
$65K Renaissance: When we feel a sense of belonging we feel encouraged to show up, empowered to try new things, and more responsible for serving our community.
As we reemerge from the pandemic, we are craving quality time in a real community space. We want to see our old friends and meet new ones, to be entertained, to tinker and play, and to indulge in a fancy espresso or a craft beer. We want our kids to remember how to play and learn together, without screens.
But where? Where in Boulder can you meet your friends for happy hour while your kids run wild? Where can you sit with a coffee, learn to hack a lamp into programmable art, and stay late for a circus show? Where can adults, kids, scientists and artist coexist?
At The Junkyard Social Club, ideas and friends run wild. We are an ever-evolving, climbable discovery museum. We are a rebel art venue, maker studio, and adventure playground. We are a coffee house and beer garden, where communities come together to unwind, to celebrate, and to hatch big plans. The Junkyard is fully non-profit and committed to putting quality of life above the bottom line.
So far, we’ve transformed an old commercial print shop and a busted up parking lot into a space like Boulder's never seen before. In the last few weeks, we’ve added a tea lounge bus and an airplane... there’s no telling what’s next. We’ve been salvaging furniture and café equipment from businesses forced to close during the pandemic, and we’ve been running COVID-safe, STEAM education programs to support families in need throughout the pandemic
In order to open our doors, we need to complete the final phase of our interior construction and acquire our certificate of occupancy. It’s not complicated or difficult work, but it’s not cheap. Right now, we need your donations. With your help, we hope to open this summer. If we don't make it through this phase, our one-of-a-kind community resource will fade away like a dream. Join the community and help bring the Junkyard Social Club to life!
Specifically, we need:
We are bringing back the funky art culture that Boulder was once known for - an alternative to the sterile and corporate experience that is taking over the town, the country, and the world. Today's problems are mounting exponentially and they will not be solved via the system that created them. We need truly out of the box thinkers, confident enough to take risks, capable of working together, and practiced in their bodies as well as their minds. All Junkyard programs, at their core, are meant to teach skills in divergent thinking: creative problem solving, nurturing curiosity, critical thinking, and open conversation. Inside our little community, inside our town, we will help a new generation prepare to save the world.
You specify what to give. No amount is too small or too large. And keep in mind, your donations to our non-profit are tax deductible!
Still deciding what the right amount is? Let's say we get a tremendous 300 donors. To hit our goal, each person would need to chip in $133.33.
Here's another, perkier way to think about it:
Jill: Executive Director
Jill is the Executive Director of the Junkyard Social Club and is the creative mastermind behind our youth programming. She has spent the last 20 years orchestrating engaging experiences in STEAM learning. She developed and coordinated exhibition programming at the world renowned, Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Jill's goal is give kids the tools, skills, and confidence to create the world that they want to live in.
Ryan: Chief Experience Officer
In dual roles, CXO and COO, Ryan is responsible for cultivating the 'Junkyard Experience' and managing Operations. He's co-founded six companies ranging from a circus troupe to a by-kids-for-kids magazine and a software platform for the Internet of Things. Ryan's top priority is ensuring that a multitude of niche and diverse communities feel a sense of belonging and ownership at the Junkyard.
Leo: Director of Branding
Leo is our Jack-of-all-trades who focuses on making sure everything - from newsletters, the website, and even new installations - fits in with the Junkyard Brand. He is currently studying at CU Denver to earn his Master of Architecture, with the goal of bringing more beautiful and gritty design into the world.
Sharon: Director of Education
Sharon has been a STEAM educator for 25 years in Environmental Education facilities, public and private schools as well as zoos and museums. She also helps bring STEAM experiences to Boulder County with Maker Bolder’s STEAM Fest every spring. She believes Inquiry learning is key to student success and is looking forward to working with the Pods at the Junkyard.
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