COVID-19 UPDATE

MARCH 13, 2020

Dear CoLab Students and Facility Users,

Until further notice, CoLab will be postponing space use and classes in light of recent developments related to the COVID-19 Virus (Coronavirus).

We will be rescheduling classes and reopening our doors as soon we feel it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, if you’re registered for a class that has a materials fee associated with it, you will be refunded within the next week, and we’ll inform you directly when the rescheduled date becomes available. We are not yet cancelling classes scheduled for more than one month in the future with hopes that we will be able to get back to work by then.

If you have any questions for CoLab management, please don’t hesitate to email us directly at info@sdcolab.org. You may also DM us on Facebook. Additional contact info is available at sdcolab.org.

Wishing you all a safe spring!

Very Sincerely,
CoLab Management

SITUATION OVERVIEW

SD CoLab’s mission is to inspire art, nurture creative ideas, and teach useful skills to our community in new and creative ways. As an all volunteer makerspace, our intention is to offer the free use of equipment and training to the San Diego Burning Man community. Our goal is to support artists, builders and makers, and to build community through shared creation of art, especially now.

Up until now, CoLab has been a physical space, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the statewide “Stay at Home” order, CoLab is currently temporarily closed. During this time, we must evolve in order to remain true to our mission, while acknowledging that we need to do so in this new reality.

We will continue to inspire art, nurture creative ideas, and teach useful skills to our community by extending the CoLab reach to develop CoLab Online. Now more than ever, we will be exploring new and creative ways to remain true to our mission, despite our physical separation, through the use of online remote courses, community art challenges and conversations, and continued communications through social media. In this way our community will be as ready as we are eager to rejoin the physical space of CoLab once the pandemic quarantine has passed.

 

IMMEDIATE SUSTAINABILITY GOALS

  1. Encourage users of CoLab, the San Diego Burning Man community and other artist and maker friends throughout the world to continue to make art.
  2. Encourage safe collaboration. Built into CoLab’s DNA is the value of collaboration; we will educate on and promote safe collaboration practices.
  3. Challenge each CoLab department to produce at least two (2) online classes demonstrating home arting techniques over the next three (3) months.
  4. Expand our social media presence and email list of users by continuing to engage the public.
  5. Open our doors once the threat is over.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

We band together now to stand in the light and produce spectacular results.

 

NEW MILESTONES

EDUCATION PROMOTIONS

CoLab will continue to educate our community. The use of Eventbrite will continue for the scheduling of classes. Facebook Events will list our online classes and events  A new CoLab website will continue to promote education opportunities and events with extended support beyond our current calendar over time. Each department has been challenged to produce educational content related to their department.

We encourage you, the community, to get involved and contribute to CoLab Online. Such topics considered may range from DIY projects, how to use software, even extending to things like making ice cream and staying healthy. To propose or request a class contact Diane Hoffoss (diane@sdcolab.org).

COLLABORATION CHALLENGES

Key to good mental health is human interaction. Now we must continue to make art – art that is personal and relevant; art that is about the time in which we live. Put your art out there for anyone to see. We will: seek out new opportunities to collaborate, encourage safe working practices, remain in isolation or current CDC/local guidelines, provide regular collaboration challenges, promote and reward those who flourish.

STRENGTHEN & BUILD OUR AUDIENCES

We will release upcoming classes and events weekly on Sundays at 10 am. Social media engagement and new CoLab COVID-19 slack channels will beef up for conversations and collaboration. Join the CoLab Slack conversation. Our partners at SD PRIDE are putting a page of resources together and have included us.  #colabonline #stayhome #makemoreart

STRECH YOUR DOLLARS & HELP COLAB

When ordering from Amazon, please use Amazon Smile and designate your charity as SDCAP (San Diego Collaborative Arts Project). Your purchase will help support CoLab.

Stay Social: 
Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Eventbrite

See you online,

Diane Hoffoss
Education Lead
diane@sdcolab.org

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