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PEACE 5E FAM!

We Appreciate your Love & Spirit Supporting such an Amazing Movement! For the past 4 years we’ve been Upholding Women in Hip Hop in Detroit through Organizing The Foundation every week, as well as the Dilla legacy
through Dilla Youth Day, while Practicing the 5 Elements of Hip Hop through using Hip Hop for giving engagement and Youth Development!
You asked how you can help: We need help getting up money to save our space.

Would you be willing to spread our ask to your network?

It would be a Super help to us!

All Donations accepted, & what can help us even more are donations of $500 & $1000.

We really need your help.  Accepting All Donations…  Free Detroit Hip Hop T-shirts with any Donation over $40 dollars.
All Donators over $250 become Partners + get Free Admission to all events… for one Year!

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5 Donation Incentives:

(What You Get For Helping 5e)

- $20 Our most humble appreciation and the good feeling of knowing you supported a good cause.
- $40 5e Gallery Hip-Hop Awareness T-Shirt.
- $50+ Gallery Membership which includes 10 Free Event Entries and 5 Free Drink Tickets!
- $100+ Your name displayed on a brick of the gallery as a major contributor or an All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Dinner for 2 at 5e Gallery.
- $500+ Custom Art Piece from one of our accomplished local artists.
After meeting with the land contract owner (Tuesday March 5) we’ve learned that in order to save our building we need to raise $20,000.00 by Monday March 12.
This would cover the back taxes and allow us to enter into a new addendum to our current contract.

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We entered into our land contract in 2010 with a building that was in horrible, uninhabitable condition and brought it up to code, beautifying & improving the neighborhood with the help of our Grassroots Hip Hop Community.

We have put love, sweat, & positive energy into this space over the three years we’ve occupied it.

We find ourselves in a position where we do not want to lose the building & want to continue our work building bridges between cultures with art in a vortex of cultural diversity.

We need help to raise money in order to secure the 5e Gallery building, and continue the expansion of 21st century contemporary hip hop culture across the world.

Please Help us Save our Space that we’ve invested so much into.

To Donate: 

click DONATE button up @ the top right of this site (PayPal). or go straight to PayPal.com & send your Donation to 5egallery(at)gmail.com

You can also write a check made payable to 5 Elements Arts Foundation 2661 Michigan Avenue, Det, Mi 48216

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What are we doing?
We are proudly and purposefully taking the 5e Gallery to the next level. By next level, we mean- taking the steps now necessary to ensure that this institution of 21st Century contemporary Hip Hop culture, that is loved and celebrated internationally, remains in our hands and it’s current location.
What We’ve been up to…
Since the 5e Gallery was established in our humble first location in 2008, we’ve been leading a new cultural movement in Detroit. A 21st century cultural movement that uses Hip Hop for civic engagement, youth empowerment, life-skills development, building community, and most importantly nurturing people. In just three short years, we’ve experienced such phenomenal growth in our creative community (in art, population size, and in community values) that in 2011, we made the big decision to ‘step our game up’ and grow our capacity. For us, ‘grow our capacity’ meant three main things: – providing more physical space for our culture-redefining art exhibitions, events and programming. – providing access to state-of-the-art tools for creative professional skills-development. – providing more workshops and programs for youth empowerment and community building. In 2010, with our BIG self-determined spirit, a few donations from our family and friends, and every bit of savings we had :) we set out and “purchased” our current location at 2661 Michigan Ave. (right on the border of the historic cultural districts Corktown and ‘Southwest Detroit’). Why the “” around purchased you ask? …because by “purchased” we mean a ‘land contract’ with a balloon payment of $50,000 due in March 2013 …which brings us to why we’re here today.
Moving Forward…
One full year since we made the big move- the 5e Gallery has garnered local, state-side and international recognition for our powerful and transformative work. We have developed ongoing collaborations with the University of Michigan, Allied Media Conference/ AMP, Eastern Michigan Environmental Action Council, Charles H. Wright Museum, and Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. We  helped co-author a federal grant that brought $2.1M to Detroit for broadband adoption. Yes, we did receive a small amount of funding …just not quite enough to prevent the 5e Gallery from having to close our doors for almost 11 months due to rising bills, $$$ for permits/ local ordinances, and basic renovations to make the building safe and comfortable for community use. Though we have re-opened this past summer to do our great youth work it has been in a limited capacity and with great financial challenges. These challenges have forced us to face the reality that building a cultural institution such as the 5e Gallery, that is here to serve the Detroit and global arts community, takes muuuuch more then the humble freelance [spotty] income of it’s two founders ….it’s gonna take our entire global arts community.

Below is a list of all of the gallery needs that we are currently raising funds for.
The top of the list is the building needs, the equipment is a wish list to get us up to professional standards so we can make money with our skills.

We have applied for grants and organized fundraisers. And have received funding to be used towards our current Maker Space programming.

We Appreciate all your support!

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Our Needs:

Licenses – Facilities and Operations
Building Compliance $208.00
Building Inspections $600.00
Cafe / Concert / Performance License $2500 (Includes City of Detroit Hearing and Licenses)
Taxes $25,000
Completion of Purchase $50,000
Building Repair
Front Facade Repair – $10,000
Building Foundation Repair – $30,000
Roof Repair – $30,000
Equipment
Projector – $3000
Electric Theater Projector Screen – $700 
Professional Sound System – $15,000
Industry Standard Microphones – $800
Industry Standard Instrument Microphones – $800
Microphone Stands – $300
Cannon 7D Camera w Lens For Filming and Documentation – $4000 
Zoom Microphone for Filming – $400 
Drum Kit $1500
DJ Equipment $3500
All Donations accepted, & what can help us even more are donations of $500 & $1000.
We really need your help.  Accepting All Donations…  Free Detroit Hip Hop T-shirts with any Donation over $40 dollars.
All Donators over $250 become Partners + get Free Admission to all events… for one Year!

5 Donation Incentives: (What You Get For Helping 5e)

- $20 Our most humble appreciation and the good feeling of knowing you supported a good cause.- $40 5e Gallery Hip-Hop Awareness T-Shirt.

- $50+ Gallery Membership which includes 10 Free Event Entries and 5 Free Drink Tickets!

- $100+ Your name displayed on a brick of the gallery as a major contributor or an All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Dinner for 2 at 5e Gallery.

- $500+ Custom Art Piece from one of our accomplished local artists.

Thank You!

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