by Jim Ridley
With less than 48 hours to go in its $12,500 Kickstarter campaign, the shutterbugs behind the Nashville Community Darkroom project say their idea for a photographic workspace open to the community is 96 percent funded. Now they're hoping that a last burst of support will not only put it over the top but raise something closer to the $20,000 they originally sought.
John Klein Wilson wrote about the project in the Scene back in May:
The Nashville Community Darkroom aims to offer working photographers and amateur enthusiasts alike a professional-quality workspace, while partnering with local schools to give students a crash course in analog image-making taught by experienced artists. Organizers say they have a space in East Nashville lined up, plans drawn, and most of the darkroom equipment they need. All that's left is getting the word out to art-inclined residents and raising about $20,000.
The project is the brainchild of John Haubenreich, an attorney at Neal & Harwell, PLC, occasional Scene contributor and one-time Metro school board hopeful. He and the project's partners — all photographers, some professional, including Catie Sampson, Heather Lose, Brandon Chapple, Noam Platt, and Ginny Carpenter — took over the back room of The Arts Company for a launch event last weekend during the First Saturday Art Crawl downtown.
Haubenreich tells us the project's founders are getting a construction budget estimate from a local firm on Friday and will be finishing up lease negotiations next week. But in the meantime, there's the matter of hitting their Kickstarter goal by 11 a.m. this Friday, Sept. 7. As of noon today, they'd raised $12,044. So if you're interested, check out their Kickstarter page and their funding enticements (including some one-of-a-kind Ben Folds memorabilia).