We at the Hatakeyama Gallery are proud of how much we have achieved in the short time since our Grand Opening last December. The Gallery has rapidly become a gathering place for Southern California most talented photographers to learn from and encourage one another. We have hosted workshops and exhibitions by such distinguished photographers as Eric Kim, Steve Huff, Sean Armenta, Bellamy Hunt, and Rinzi Ruiz. In addition, we are a regular participant in L.A.’s Downtown Art Walk and provide an important and accessible new venue for up-and-coming photographers and artists to display their work.
That is only the beginning of what we want to accomplish as we continue to nurture the local arts community. We now have the chance to expand our facility by renting an additional 2400 square feet of space to be used as a dedicated classroom. The additional space would incorporate an extensive reference library for the benefit of area photographers and a darkroom that would permit our instructors to pass on the art of film developing to the next generation. The new classroom would enable us to broaden our arts curriculum and serve more aspiring photographers and to establish a convenient and welcoming locale for neighborhood photography clubs and events. Eric Kim, an experienced educator at the University of California, Riverside, has already worked to introduce community schoolchildren to photography and hopes to continue his outreach with the added resources at the Hatakeyama Gallery center.
But the time we have to take advantage of this opportunity is short, and the expansion requires a significant up-front outlay of capital. Here is a break-down of projected expenses for our immediate needs:
Once we have made this one-time, start-up investment and the facility is up-and-running, we anticipate that the Hatakeyama Gallery classroom will be fully self-supporting through the collection of nominal workshop fees to cover the ongoing costs of rent, utilities, and maintenance.
Therefore, we ask for your financial assistance in order that we may seize this wonderful opportunity before it slips away. We welcome donations of any size. Although donations are not tax deductible, we do offer these exciting rewards for contributions of the following amounts:
Donors of $1,000 or more will also be commemorated on a special plaque in the classroom itself.
If you share our passion for the art of photography and our dedication to the gifted individuals who create it, we hope that you will join us by showing your support for our endeavors.
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