A couple of people forwarded me a recent article from the New York Times, Working Alone, Together, about co-working space. A lot of the sentiments expressed in the article reinforce our feelings about the collaborative work environment we are creating at 1600. You can shut your door and have a quiet office to yourself or wander the halls and share ideas with other like-minded individuals. But above all, we want everyone to have a good time. We think work should be fun. Especially if you are doing what you love in an inspiring place. We just want you to be happy.
Thank you to artist, Patch Whisky, for the image.
We were honored to be the last of a three-part series in the Post and Courier along with Enough Pie and Dig South. With all of the inspiring creative and tech companies as well as arts organizations and individual artists and makers – Adam Parker’s series could have well been endless with a new group highlighted every week! There is no shortage of creative thought and smart collaboration going on in this town with the obvious recognition that a rising tide lifts all boats. It is this collaborative spirit + good will that makes Charelston stand out.
This is the atmosphere we are hoping to create at 1600 Meeting. A space filled with all kinds of creative and local ventures, where cross-pollintation is one of the beautiful by-products of having like minded individuals gathered in the same place. Though currently the building is fully leased with Letters-of-Intent, there are multiple ways to be a part. So if you are interested, please let us know.
One way to get involved in the near future is through Enough Pie’s installation, AWAKENING. A call for artists and creators of any and all disciplines and media to breath new life into this sleeping giant for a brief exhibition of local creative thought and the many ways in which it can manifest.
Progress can be painfully slow and change can be intimidating, but with “the creative types stirring”, you know the collective output will be nothing short of inspiring. Adam Parker’s recent article (the first in a series about Charleston’s creative community) highlighted our neighborhood and neighbors as well as the launch of Enough Pie and the recent Muster Plan event. The long and short of it, the creatives around here definitely pass muster and are eager to roll up their sleeves and get to work.
1600 Meeting is happy to be part of this creative industrial revolution. Or rather, for us, the industrial renovation. It’s all coming soon. Currently the building is 89% leased with letters of intent from a range of local + creative folks: non-profits like Enough Pie as well as arts groups like Art Mag and individual artist studios and businesses that include interior design, fashion design, architecture, technology and photography. Over the coming weeks and months we will begin to highlight our tenants as well as upcoming events. So stay tuned. If you are interested in being a part, please reach out to us, we’d love to have you.
I am a TED junkie. If I have 10-20 minutes of the day that aren’t spoken for, they normally go to a TED talk via a podcast on myiPhone or a video on my computer screen from the TED website. TED is an endless source of inspiration, new perspectives and ideas that might just change your life. Truly, “ideas worth sharing”.
Most of you probably know that Charleston will host its first TEDx event this spring, TEDxMarionSquare! If you are like us and can hardly wait ’til May – don’t worry - you will ALSO have an opportunity to see a live stream of the official TED conference that happens annually in Long Beach, CA, brought to you by the hosts of TEDxMarionSquare. All seen from the comfort of the Public Library. So pull up a chair and be informed, uplifted and connected. You will leave feeling emboldened to put YOUR good idea into the world!
We are excited to announce the first workshop event at 1600 Meeting!
We look forward to welcoming Natalie Chanin and the Alabama Chanin team to the lowcountry for a one-day retreat/workshop on Saturday June 22, 2013.
“One day retreats offer the Alabama Chanin experience in a casual, day-long session. Suited to beginner and experienced sewers alike…” Whether sewing on a button is your greatest achievement or your hand-stitched wedding gown, this workshop is for you.
I had the opportunity to attend a weekend workshop at the Factory in Florence, Alabama. The camaraderie of stitchers, the weaving of stories, the rain on the tin roof and the laughter made it an experience I will not soon forget. It will be a wonderful treat to host Natalie and her team here – bringing Alabama Chanin to you!
Space is limited so I encourage you to sign up early. Find out more about the workshop retreat on the Alabama Chaninwebsite. And stay tuned to our blog/facebook/twitter for more information about the weekend events with Alabama Chanin in Charleston!
Please join us for a lecture + launch on Thursday January 10, 2013 at Stage Presence Event Rentals, 2201 Mechanic Street (take a right at the bridge to nowhere). We are excited to welcome Mike Lydon who will present ideas + lessons based on his tactical urbanism research that can help inform how we re-envision the upper peninsula.
Mike is a Principal at Street Plans Collaborative and the primary author of Tactical Urbanism: Short-term action, Long-term change. Among his many involvements, passions and accolades he spearheaded Miami’s first Bicycle Action Plan, serves on the Executive Committee for Transportation Alternatives and in 2009 was selected as one of 34 Urban Vanguards by Next American City magazine (along with our own Enough Pie board member, Josh Martin!). If Tactical Urbanism is a new phrase for you, read this intro from Tactical Urbanism Vol. 2: