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BREAKING DOWN THE BARRIER OF ENTRY TO THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY

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Project Description

DIFFERENT WRLD is a culture house ++ creative hub in Asheville, NC.

We are here to connect and support the underground arts and music scene, and to break down barriers of entry to the creative industry.

 

People come to Asheville for our sense of creative community. While there are opportunities for creatives, many of them are only for some and not for all.

We believe everyone should be able to create and have access to the resources that they need.

Currently the reality is that in Asheville ...

  • Creative people end up working service industry jobs or are underemployed
  • Creatives are expected to do work for free or for 'exposure'
  • Art studio prices are cost-prohibitive for upcoming artists
  • No access for resources to explore or grow their creativity, especially BIPOC and queer artists

We have found that it is never about the lack of creativity, but it is about the lack of resources. 


 

We started creating spaces because we needed space.

We live in a city that is known for its arts scene, yet the artists here work several jobs to pay the bills, can't afford a studio or space to share their work, and are hard pressed to connect with the resources and support they need to get to the next level.

So, we decided to take up space and provide shared resources for anyone that wants to explore their creativity. 

 

This space is for creatives, by creatives.

This project is completely funded by the community and is built to serve the community. We talked with our friends and other creatives, and determined that CREATIVE TOOLS ++ SAFE SPACE are the key factors that make a difference for working creatives.

 

DIFFERENT WRLD co-creators Honey, Nettie, and Roxanne dreaming up the creative hub buildout plan
DIFFERENT WRLD co-creators Honey, Nettie, and Roxanne dreaming up the creative hub buildout plan

 

CREATIVE TOOLS

Get creative tools to get you to the next level.

DIFFERENT WRLD CREATIVE HUB is a place where you can get access to entry-level creative tools, available at a sliding scale to be as accessible as possible. We determined key equipment pieces that are cost-prohibitive to buy as a single artist, but that can be leveraged to get your work into the world and start making it into a career.

We'll provide access to things like…

+ Photo studio and cameras to photograph your work

+ Podcast gear and studio to record a show

+ Video cameras and video editing software

+ Electronic music equipment like synthesizers, drum pads, dj equipment, and recording equipment

 

Photoshoot produced by Different Wrld and shot by Eathumans.
Photoshoot produced by Different Wrld and shot by Eathumans.

 

SAFE SPACE

Have a safe space to explore your creativity.

DIFFERENT WRLD is also a space for you to connect with other creatives. At the coffee ++ bar, you can sit and work on your latest project, or chat with another creative person when you get stuck or need inspiration. At the event and music venue, you can take the stage and share your work with the community.

This might look like…

+ Gallery style art shows of visual or interactive work

+ Performance art experiences like ballet or rap + wrestling

+ Panel discussions about the creative experience

+ Conversations over coffee or drinks with other artists and creatives

+ Music shows from your favorite local and emerging artists

 

Rendering of the Creative Hub checkout desk by Shelter Collective.
Rendering of the Creative Hub checkout desk by Shelter Collective.

 

Our space is hyper-inclusive and we welcome all people, whether you think you're creative or not.

At Different Wrld, we are committed to holding safe space for queer folx, BIPOC and all creative people. We are here to support emerging artists and working creatives with what they need to create sustainable generational wealth that supports their quality of life.

We are black led.
We are women-owned. 
We are queer operated.

We have seen the effects of people that are not a part of our community deeming spaces safe, but this is not only what we say, it is who we are and it is our identities and the identities of the folx to whom we are providing. 

We don't claim to be a company that knows it all, but we have dedicated our lives to continue to learn and make sure that WE keep us safe.

 

Honey styling a fellow artist for a photoshoot.
Honey styling a fellow artist for a photoshoot.

 

With the help of our community, we've gotten a lot accomplished. But, we still have the final stretch to go. Even though we’ve raised a good bit of money so far (and we are so grateful to all of you angels for this), the reality of it is we’re still at a critical moment with funding.

We believe every business should operate out of intention and integrity. 

 

We are asking for additional help from our community because we're trying to do this in a different way.

We will start ALL employees at living wage. We will make sure we are fully staffed so folx can take mental health days. We make sure all our sourcing is top notch quality and paid well through the full supply chain. We make sure our strategy actually serves our community and not just profit.

SO FAR . . .

  • Secured the lease on a centrally-located space
  • Created a buildout plan and started building out the space (rough in is complete!)
  • Collaborated with local non-profits 
  • Created a program to pay and uplift local artists through collaborative projects  
  • Worked with international media outlets to highlight the voices of the asheville underground art scene
  • Engaged with our community to hear what resources they need most 

 

WHAT'S NEXT . . .

  • Finish our buildout! get inspections complete and get the a-ok to move in!
  • Secure and purchase additional operational equipment and furniture 
  • Secure creative hub equipment like photo studio lighting, cameras, software
  • Start hiring initial staff and have funds for payroll

 

HOLD U music video shoot for local artist Indigo De Souza
HOLD U music video shoot for local artist Indigo De Souza

 

This project is our love letter to the community. This is a statement of proof that everyone is creative and that everyone should have access to space and tools to grow their creative spark.

It would mean so much for you to support us and be a part of our community. 

We want to know what a DIFFERENT WRLD looks like to you. 

Will you help us build it together?

 

Thank you angels – we love you truly and can't wait to see you at DIFFERENT WRLD !! <3

 

 

 

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50.00 USD
WATER BOTTLE

Stay hydrated with the exclusive DIFFERENT WRLD 48oz tall boi Nalgene water bottle.

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100.00 USD
TOTE BAG

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TRUCKER HAT + TOTE

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500.00 USD
PRIVATE KARAOKE

We just really love karaoke, don't you? We'll throw you a private karaoke party in our downstairs private room, just for you. We'll work with you to set the date, invite list, and theme (!!)

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1,000.00 USD
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2,000.00 USD
1 YEAR EVENT PASS

Receive a season pass / free ticket to all DIFFERENT WRLD events for ONE YEAR from our opening date.

You'll also get the exclusive water bottle, hat, tote bag, and temp tattoos.

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5,000.00 USD
LIFETIME EVENT PASS

Receive a season pass / free ticket to all DIFFERENT WRLD events FOREVER !!

You'll also get the exclusive water bottle, hat, tote bag, and temp tattoos.

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10,000.00 USD
HONEY DOES THE CRATE CHALLENGE !!!

If you give us $10,000 then Honey will do the crate challenge. We will set up lots of safety measures and have people spotting, but honestly we have faith that she will CRUSH IT. 

You'll also get the exclusive water bottle, hat, tote bag, and temp tattoos.

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Rewards

20.00 USD
TEMPORARY TATTOO

Get tatted ~*temporarily*~ with a DIFFERENT WRLD temporary tattoo.

5 Supporters
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50.00 USD
WATER BOTTLE

Stay hydrated with the exclusive DIFFERENT WRLD 48oz tall boi Nalgene water bottle.

15 Supporters
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100.00 USD
TOTE BAG

Get this exclusive DIFFERENT WRLD TOTE BAG. 

5 Supporters
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200.00 USD
TRUCKER HAT + TOTE

Get the set with this level, exclusive run of DIFFERENT WRLD TRUCKER HAT + TOTE BAG. 

4 Supporters
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500.00 USD
PRIVATE KARAOKE

We just really love karaoke, don't you? We'll throw you a private karaoke party in our downstairs private room, just for you. We'll work with you to set the date, invite list, and theme (!!)

3 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD
OPENING NIGHT VIP TICKETS x 4

Receive 4 VIP tickets to our opening night event. Opening date TBD.

0 Supporters
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2,000.00 USD
1 YEAR EVENT PASS

Receive a season pass / free ticket to all DIFFERENT WRLD events for ONE YEAR from our opening date.

You'll also get the exclusive water bottle, hat, tote bag, and temp tattoos.

0 Supporters
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5,000.00 USD
LIFETIME EVENT PASS

Receive a season pass / free ticket to all DIFFERENT WRLD events FOREVER !!

You'll also get the exclusive water bottle, hat, tote bag, and temp tattoos.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
10,000.00 USD
HONEY DOES THE CRATE CHALLENGE !!!

If you give us $10,000 then Honey will do the crate challenge. We will set up lots of safety measures and have people spotting, but honestly we have faith that she will CRUSH IT. 

You'll also get the exclusive water bottle, hat, tote bag, and temp tattoos.

0 Supporters
Select this reward