Free Space Video!

Happy New Year! This is our new video about the autonomous radical space that is the Minnehaha Free Space.

We will be sad to leave this beloved space. We want to find a new one. We move on January 15th and are still searching for a new place we can afford.

If you can share a few bucks or a few words on your page about why you support the space, we would appreciate it so much. www.gofundme.com/freespace

Thank you to all who came to the party and everyone who has visited the space these last few years.

Here’s to another year of resistance!

Love, MARS

 

Help the Free Space Move And Thrive

gofundme-logoWe are asking for 10K to help us cover our final months’ rent, moving costs, a deposit on a new space, and to help us cope with the loss of income from our regularly scheduled events as we deal with this unanticipated transition. Thank you for every dollar, every like, and every share.

 

Many of you know that recently a new landlord bought the building that houses the Minnehaha Free Space. He indicated to us in our first meeting with him that he might raise the rent. Just this last week we found out how much he is raising it: from our current $1200 to $2200. There is no way we could raise enough money each month to afford this 83% rent hike. We will have to move. We put in notice that we will be staying through the end of 2016, and then we will be moving to a new space. We are asking our amazing supporters to help us with this transition. We are raising money for rent through December, moving costs, a deposit on a new space, and to cover the loss of income from our regularly scheduled events as we get the next space ready to host events.

We are dismayed about this rent hike and the gentrification of the Longfellow neighborhood that has already pushed out so many residents of color and continues with evictions and foreclosures of primarily people of color. We are committed to using our resources and energy to resist these patterns, to build stronger ties where we can co-depend on one another on the basis of solidarity and mutual aid to resist the dominant capitalist modes of obligation, money, competition and fear. We value the people and projects that have converged in this space and we want to provide a new anarchist space where even more exciting things can happen.

The survival of the Minnehaha Free Space since it first opened in 2011 is a strong testament to how many people support us. Many spaces have come and gone before us, and we would never have survived this long without our broad base of support. We will be using the rest of this year to talk to people and groups that have affinity with us and whose work intersects with ours in some way, to think carefully about what we want this next space to be. Our next steps will be shaped by these conversations. If you want to talk to us, please reach out.

We plan on communicating about our process with all who support us. We will update as regularly as we can.

Meanwhile, we will be staying at this location for the rest of 2016, and we need all kinds of support more than ever. We will do our utmost to keep up activity while we are here and will have a few big final events at our current space, including two craft fairs. Please stop by, come to events, book us for your event, donate to help us with our current rent and moving costs as we explore new spaces, and please do whatever you can to boost this so we can reach out to all the folks who care about making another space possible.

We are asking for 10K to help us cover our final months’ rent, moving costs, a deposit on a new space, and to help us cope with the loss of income from our regularly scheduled events as we deal with this unanticipated transition. Thank you for every dollar, every like, and every share.

To our supporters: you made our existence possible as the longest running collectively organized non-commercial autonomous radical space in Minneapolis. Your support means the world to us and we are ready to meet this challenge with all we have. We want this new space to be amazing. Thank you so much for anything and everything you can do to help.

Love,
The Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space (MARS) Collective

https://www.gofundme.com/freespace

Update

We have an update! We negotiated with the landlord and agreed to vacate our current space on January 15th. Affordable places in South Minneapolis are scarce, but we are working with realtor Tim Little and we are going on another tour this week to look at more options for a new space.

We have some events planned before we move, including a party on Friday, December 30th from 6-11pm. There will be massive art-making options and puppet-making for kids upstairs, cranio-sacral sessions for sliding scale donation in the library, and Feminist Video Collective multimedia screenings downstairs. We will give away a lot of stuff from the space at the party, so you can take a souvenir home to remember the space. Our video will be done by then, courtesy of Sami, and we will show it for the first time at the party. You can share and invite folks to the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1814592995419524/.

We want to thank you for reaching out to us in email and in person at our events, telling us how much the space means to you and asking what you can do to help. It has been wonderful hearing from everyone. Right now you can help by donating to our GoFundMe, sharing the page, and posting a note about why you support the space. You can invite friends to the party on the 30th, donate big boxes to help us with our move, volunteer to help us in the days leading up to January 15th, and let us know any other ways you would like to lend your support. With all the uncertainty, we haven’t been able to plan and host the events that normally bring in donations. While we are talking to other groups about ways to share space, we will definitely need your support to gather money for a deposit on a new space. We would appreciate any and all help in these next few weeks of our transition.

From Jenell: Our space ship will be taking off on January 15th. Please keep sending us donations for rocket fuel.

You are all a part of the support system that carries us through. Thank you for everything you do for each other and for us. We hope to post another update soon.

Love,
MARS

https://www.gofundme.com/freespace

Friday 12/15 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Turmeric, Sage, Cinnamon, Ginger, Garlic, and more. Learn about common culinary herbs for healling. We’ll talk about the healing properities of these herbs and creative ways to use them for therapies.

Friday, December 30 at 6 PM – 11 PM: Party at the Free Space!

Come one and all to celebrate the Free Space!
Show some love to this beloved space and all the folks who have passed through its doors!
Death art conspiracy upstairs
Feminist Video Quarterly multimedia downstairs
Sliding scale donation cranio-sacral sessions in the library
Bring ya friends and kids and donations to help us find a new space
No one turned away
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Big Music Festival!

The biggest music festival in Minneapolis!
featuring:

Oceai
https://www.facebook.com/oceaiband/
https://oceai.bandcamp.com/

Xaundra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TLMQsUIF1E
“Xaundra classifies her music as soul punk. She finds it hard to write a happy song, when there are so many wonderfully dreadful things to heart break over.”

H.I.F.
https://soundcloud.com/hif1
H.I.F. makes electronic music. Hardware, analog, beats, melodies, these are just a few of the things one might hashtag when talking about H.I.F.

Jenny Oo. Hansen
https://soundcloud.com/jenny00hansen
https://jennyoohansen.bandcamp.com/
Singer/songwriter going through a solo folk-pop phase because of their bad spending habits and spotty social skills. Some piercing shrieks, some mumbling, some pretty melodies.

Holo Lue Choy
https://vimeo.com/wwhlc
Holo Lue Choy is a Minneapolis based interdisciplinary performance artist. Her work prioritizes the experiences of historically oppressed groups, especially transgender people and people of colour, and how such identities effect the way one interacts with the world.

Ashley Mari
soundcloud.com/ashleymariii
Creator of Worldz amongst many through Music, Poetic Energy, Visual Artist with a deep connection to the cosmos and love for humanity with exudes her essence through performing. Performance is always from the Universe’s Vibez. Trippy Hippie with a side of Gangstah ❤

City Counselor
http://SoundCloud.com/CityCounselor
City Counselor is the solo project of Nicky from Lunch Duchess and BOYF. Down-tempo, vocal driven pop music about political life and all its corresponding feelings.

Anxious Twerp
Queer anti folk punk acoustic that will make you laugh but also make you cry and you’ll probably contemplate on the lyrics later and feel something weird in your stomach.

Osiris Lane
https://www.facebook.com/osiris.lane.creator/

The Lunch Ladies
https://soundcloud.com/lunch-ladies-band

Suggested donation of $5-20 to attend.
30% of the donations will benefit the Free Space to help with the move and the remaining 70% will be divided amongst the performers. No one will be turned away for lack of funds

There will be dinner potluck style, bring a dish if you can!

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Sunday 12/4 from 1-3pm: Community Conversation about Survivor Support

Thank you for your support of survivors in our community! We had great turnout for our first meeting, close to 30 people came together to learn and share knowledge about survivor-centric models to hold perpetrators of assault accountable and keep people safe in our community. It was amazing to see so much energy dedicated to this very important work!

We are scheduling another meeting for December 4th, 1pm to 3pm, at the Minnehaha Free Space. Please rsvp using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoTnBH9ZUiEaCTbxfHOd8Rx7HqlIkXIB47jBzfZ8RpfSREMA/viewform to let us know how much food we should provide and if you’ll be needing childcare.

We’ve recently been talking with lots of different groups about supporting survivors of sexual assault. We’ve been hearing from the community a lot of interest in furthering and expanding these conversations.

Please take a few moments to complete this survey before the event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHBA6I5dNzbkLcPkrXsWSLf_FlzzFGVMQ-W9DkS-Hp_JqZPA/viewform