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fractal: our new digs

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fractal_twitterFor months, we’ve been searching for some new space in which to move the MethodLab Media offices.  We wanted to move into the heart of the Downtown Phoenix arts district to contribute to the monthly First Friday artwalk that has become way of life for most people living in Central Phoenix. We also wanted a space that was more than just a design studio, but space that was big enough to house a small music venue, an artspace, and a community event space.  The search for this kind of space led us to rent some space in the Bragg’s Pie Factory on Grand Avenue.  Our space at Grand is large enough for a variety of purposes.  It’s a warehouse space with a ton of creative potential and it’s one of a number of artspaces in the building.

As we’ve been moving in and setting up over the past month, we’ve developing partnerships with some great organizations that will help us make this space even better than we could alone.  The DoJo Collective, a non-profit focused on developing mentoring programs and education is graphic design, are managing a co-working space in our building.  This means that during the week, we’ll open our offices to those in creative fields who don’t work in a conventional office setting or who are contract employees.  A co-working space likes this cultivates a unique sense of creative synergy that we hope both inspires us at MethodLab, but also inspires creatives in Phoenix to be that much better.  CommunitasPHX, a faith-based non-profit that has a series of community initiatives focused on the working poor & homeless will also be centering their operations out of our new space.  We’re also forming a group of friends and volunteers to help us host a series of small concerts and art-related events in our space.

With all of these pieces coming together in once place, we like to think of it as “a collaborative space”.  And we’ve named it fractal.  the name suggests the idea of a few smaller pieces forming together to create something beautiful.  We really believe that to be true about this new space and we hope to include even more small pieces making our collective efforts that much more beautiful. Our co-working space will be open to the public starting the first week in January and our event calendar will start filling up shortly after.

If you’re around downtown tonight, we’re throwing a preview event to show off our new digs.  We’d love to see you and we invite your help in making fractal an important and vital part of the future of Downtown Phoenix.

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