Hey y’all, some of us have been discussing what to do about VHS itself during the eastside culture crawl (nov14-17). For those who don’t know, the crawl is an event where artists in east van open up their studios, and thousands of people walk around buying stuff and just generally ogling. The new VHS location is right in the middle of crawl territory. VHS is definitely going to get a high level of walk in traffic during the event, but I want to discuss something besides just walk-ins.
As a hackspace, we end up giving lots of tours to people who are, for lack of a better word, tourists. People who have no interest or inclination towards making anything - but are still curious. Its a noble activity, but its efficacy towards increasing our membership numbers is questionable.
My thesis here is that people who are actual working artists - in other words, makers - are more likely to see value in joining the hackspace. So with that in mind, I will propose, and in fact myself volunteer, to do an activity which I hope will bring more makers to VHS. Instead of sitting around in VHS while a crawl goes on around us, I propose that we go out INTO THE CRAWL and promote the fuck out of VHS to the other artists. Lots of artists have studios in the area, but don’t have a 3D printer or a lasercutter, or just don’t know how to use them. Lots of artists might balk at the price and rules of makerlabs, and not know that theres another game in town. These type of conversations will probably be a welcome relief to crawl vendors who are used to clueless suburban “karens” haggling over tchotchkes. This is what I plan to do with my crawl-time.
So who’s with me?