Rexicorn Ranch is creating an art commune
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$5
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Rexicorn Ranch

“Creative Living for the LGBT+”

LGBT+ individuals are more likely to lose jobs, lose housing, be rejected by family, and face discrimination throughout their lives.

There are not enough spaces available where marginalized folks can go to unwind, learn about themselves, process, grow, and feel completely comfortable and supported.

I intend to make one.

By combining a makerspace-like artistic residency program with a therapeutic environment out in the country, I hope to reach out to the lonely and discouraged, help them hone skills and grow confidence, and become the next generation of world- shaking creatives.

The vision is of a small plot out in the country with several outbuildings to set up as studio spaces and workshops. A space and tools would be set aside for metalworking, woodworking, ceramics, glass, casting, drawing and painting of all types. The space will grow organically and as tools become available at auctions nearby.

The shop will be maintained and managed by the Resident Creatives(RC’s), RC’s being people that have applied for the position and meet the requirements of being :
A) LGBT+
B) Either dealing with:
leaving an abusive situation, their family rejecting them, or
mental illness
C) Meeting the Six Core Tenets of Willingness: A Willingness to Work, A Willingness to
Reach, A Willingness to Grow, A Willingness to Bleach, A Willingness to Learn, A
Willingness to Teach
D) Over 18

Resident Creatives may eventually be able to have their rent paid for them by sponsorship from from an internal grant program, or by selling their art from the gallery incorporated as part of the workshop.

A stay for a Resident Creative is limited to 1 year to allow for turnaround in the community and so that the space is constantly incubating new people.

The shop will be run as an active makerspace(think a gym membership but with tools), charging a monthly subscription for those that do not live on site but want to use the space, provided they are willing to operate on the same safe space principles and are respectful. For those that are low income, they can do a work-to-play membership
where they clean or garden or take care of animals or do anything that makes life cheaper or easier for the Resident Creatives.

This becomes a woven net of beneficial interactions, a community helping to support itself. Hosting workshops or peer led therapy groups like AA can offer more growth and connectedness. Running as an active farm may lead to being able to team up with a therapist down the road and offer Equine Assisted Therapy. While the ranch itself is not therapy or advertised as such, many things about it, like being in nature, around animals, making stuff with your hands, and digging in dirt are all very therapeutic and can help someone process in an immense way. In this way we can help to rejuvenate those that society had dropped the ball on, and maybe help foster skills that will move someone’s life in a new direction, with hope.

I grew up ranging in a custom car shop and with access to outdoor spaces. It shaped me. I find my healing through connections with animals and with the process of making art. My parents now do not accept my transition and it’s hard on me. I want to find my freedom but share it with a community. I’ve struggled with my mental health since I was a child and it’s held me back in life, kept me from finishing my education. My experience as a welder/fabricator with GRMakers and as a Psychiatric Technician give me a diverse background as an artist and maker and skills in complex situations. As a person in recovery, I truly believe that my experience can help people. As an artist, I believe it is my duty to share the healing power of art.
Tiers
Patron Only Feed
$1 or more per month 1 patron
Patron only access to behind the scenes blogging and photos.
Insanity Feed
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Exclusive access to the Insanity Feed videos as I get gradually more stressed by this process. Will probably be funny.  Also I cope with fuzzy animals so that’s a bonus. 
Goals
$5 of $100 per month
$100 a month is a chunk of change that shows there is interest- and I could pay the fees to register the organization and start a professional grade website.
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Rexicorn Ranch

“Creative Living for the LGBT+”

LGBT+ individuals are more likely to lose jobs, lose housing, be rejected by family, and face discrimination throughout their lives.

There are not enough spaces available where marginalized folks can go to unwind, learn about themselves, process, grow, and feel completely comfortable and supported.

I intend to make one.

By combining a makerspace-like artistic residency program with a therapeutic environment out in the country, I hope to reach out to the lonely and discouraged, help them hone skills and grow confidence, and become the next generation of world- shaking creatives.

The vision is of a small plot out in the country with several outbuildings to set up as studio spaces and workshops. A space and tools would be set aside for metalworking, woodworking, ceramics, glass, casting, drawing and painting of all types. The space will grow organically and as tools become available at auctions nearby.

The shop will be maintained and managed by the Resident Creatives(RC’s), RC’s being people that have applied for the position and meet the requirements of being :
A) LGBT+
B) Either dealing with:
leaving an abusive situation, their family rejecting them, or
mental illness
C) Meeting the Six Core Tenets of Willingness: A Willingness to Work, A Willingness to
Reach, A Willingness to Grow, A Willingness to Bleach, A Willingness to Learn, A
Willingness to Teach
D) Over 18

Resident Creatives may eventually be able to have their rent paid for them by sponsorship from from an internal grant program, or by selling their art from the gallery incorporated as part of the workshop.

A stay for a Resident Creative is limited to 1 year to allow for turnaround in the community and so that the space is constantly incubating new people.

The shop will be run as an active makerspace(think a gym membership but with tools), charging a monthly subscription for those that do not live on site but want to use the space, provided they are willing to operate on the same safe space principles and are respectful. For those that are low income, they can do a work-to-play membership
where they clean or garden or take care of animals or do anything that makes life cheaper or easier for the Resident Creatives.

This becomes a woven net of beneficial interactions, a community helping to support itself. Hosting workshops or peer led therapy groups like AA can offer more growth and connectedness. Running as an active farm may lead to being able to team up with a therapist down the road and offer Equine Assisted Therapy. While the ranch itself is not therapy or advertised as such, many things about it, like being in nature, around animals, making stuff with your hands, and digging in dirt are all very therapeutic and can help someone process in an immense way. In this way we can help to rejuvenate those that society had dropped the ball on, and maybe help foster skills that will move someone’s life in a new direction, with hope.

I grew up ranging in a custom car shop and with access to outdoor spaces. It shaped me. I find my healing through connections with animals and with the process of making art. My parents now do not accept my transition and it’s hard on me. I want to find my freedom but share it with a community. I’ve struggled with my mental health since I was a child and it’s held me back in life, kept me from finishing my education. My experience as a welder/fabricator with GRMakers and as a Psychiatric Technician give me a diverse background as an artist and maker and skills in complex situations. As a person in recovery, I truly believe that my experience can help people. As an artist, I believe it is my duty to share the healing power of art.

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Tiers
Patron Only Feed
$1 or more per month 1 patron
Patron only access to behind the scenes blogging and photos.
Insanity Feed
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Exclusive access to the Insanity Feed videos as I get gradually more stressed by this process. Will probably be funny.  Also I cope with fuzzy animals so that’s a bonus.