30 Nov Help us rebuild after the fire & Support our cultural work in Boston and Puerto Rico
Earlier this month, as we were in the midst of launching our annual grassroots fundraising campaign, we received the devastating news that our cultural workspace in Roxbury caught on fire and has suffered significant damages. Thankfully all of our people are safe.
For AgitArte’s end of year campaign this year, we decided to focus our request of support for our two physical spaces: Casa Taller Cangrejera (Santurce, Puerto Rico) and our Cultural Work Space in Roxbury, Massachusetts. We have worked so hard to secure these spaces, and in particular, in Roxbury, navigating the exploitative real estate market, dealing with repairs and construction to an old building, and finding the right partners to make this housing and cultural space happen. You can imagine how heartbreaking this is for us.
As we have done many times before, we are shifting our work to meet the immediate needs of our community, which in this case means securing long term housing for the residents of the house and ensuring that our people do not suffer the financial burden of this disaster while they are displaced. We are also working to support our staff in replacing personal items such as clothing, equipment, furniture, etc.
Before the fire, we had set a goal of $25,000 for this campaign to support operating costs for Casa Taller Cangrejera and our space in Roxbury. Given these unfortunate circumstances and the additional funds we will need to raise to cover costs related to the fire, we’re asking our community to help us double our initial goal by contributing to both fire relief and to our general operations in Boston and Puerto Rico.
We thank you for your support and solidarity, especially during this challenging time. ¡Seguimos!