We are sad to announce Friend will be closing as a physical space as of March 2020. Right now we are trying to raise $700 to cover remaining expenses of the 379 E. Barthman space.
We are sad to announce Friend will be closing as a physical space as of March 2020. It was a difficult decision to make, but high turn over in the studios, lack of financial support, burn out of admin team, and limitations of the building itself make it impossible for Friend to exist in its current form. Right now we are trying to raise $700 to cover remaining expenses of the 379 E. Barthman space.
By far the most rewarding part of Friend has been the chance to collaborate with artists, writers, musicians, and educators, and to meet everyone who has come to out to events. In the last year, we've hosted gallery exhibitions, lectures, fundraisers, communal meals, and karaoke nights among other things. We are grateful to have had the chance to share space with so many of y'all.
The future of Friend is still open– we are going to take some time to rest and reflect after a demanding year and a half of being oriented towards operating a studio and events space. Currently we are researching other models of artist run spaces and collectives to see what we can learn and how we can continue to host events and uplift artists in Columbus.
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