Put Yourself Into the Picture: How You Can Help Grow the Hatakeyama Gallery Center for the Photographic Arts

Hatakeyama Gallery

Hey streettogs, I am excited to announce that my good friend Todd Hatakeyama (the owner of the Hatakeyama Gallery) is undergoing a plan of creating a dedicated classroom, to continue to nurture the local arts scene in Los Angeles! The Hatakeyama Gallery was used to featured numerous photography workshops, exhibitions, and is on the Downtown LA art walk route! The venue would be used as a hub for all photographers to meet and interact, while giving a location for up-and-coming photographers to display their work as well.

Floor plan

The additional space would host a 2400 square-foot dedicated classroom, a reference library (of photography books, resources, videos, etc), a community darkroom, and more! We also plan on having more of the local schoolchildren and photography students in Los Angeles to use the classroom as another educational hub.

Current room

Unfortunately the new classroom won’t be cheap, and will require a substantial investment to get it constructed and up-and-running. Below is a breakdown of expenses:

Once the classroom is up-and-running, it will be self-supporting through nominal workshop fees to cover the costs of rent, utilities, water, electricity, etc.

We are therefore looking for donations of any size- every bit helps! If you have a passion for learning and want to help grow this hub of photography learning in Los Angeles, please consider donating any amount. Although taxes are non-deductible, there are exciting incentives below!

Donors of $1,000 or more will also be commemorated on a special plaque in the classroom itself.

If you have a passion for photography, learning, and sharing the gift of art with others- please join us by sharing your support by leaving a donation via Paypal below! Every bit counts, and no donation is too little!

* If you do not use Paypal and would like to donate, please call (213) 293-8633 or email Todd@HatakeyamaGallery.com

Read more about the classroom here: http://www.hatakeyamagallery.com/give/classroom/

Any other suggestions or ideas for the gallery? Share your comments below! 

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  • Ryan

    Save $3000 and dont carpet the space. Carpet gives an institutinal feeling. An art school/classroom would better serve with some character.

  • Brian

    Instead of white board for approximately $600, I recommend IdeaPaint. It is a brilliant solution. Google on IdeaPaint.

    As for painting the walls for 2 grands, I think it can be done at much less cost if do it yourself painting and perhaps look at HomeDepot. This will save $$$.

  • http://www.citysnaps.net/ Brad

    Hmmm… I like the concept a lot! But it does have a very institutional and cramped feel to the design. You might think about consulting a designer withs experience in creating spaces like this.

    For people considering donating, can potential donors see a real-time display of how much money has been raised so far? If people donate money, but you fall short of your goal, say you only raise $20K, will donated money be refunded through some kind of escrow process? If so, how will money be refunded? Is there a stated period of time for funds to be raised? Is there some kind of oversight? I’m left a little cold on the casualness of the offer and lack of details.

    Other options might be considered for handling these capital improvements; Kickstarter is one. What’s nice about Kickstarter, though there’s a fee, is the transparency of the fundraising process. Listed are the number of people who have donated, the amount currently raised, the time period of the fundraising process. And most importantly, is that the process is escrowed, where no money changes hands until the stated goal is met. Without that kind of information and transparency, it would be difficult for many, such as myself, to donate.

    There are other options, from pursuing educational grant funding, to securing a loan for funding the improvements. And many options in-between.

    • http://erickimphotography.com/blog Eric Kim

      Thanks a ton for the feedback and insight Brad. Will shoot these over to Todd!

    • http://www.hatakeyamagallery.com/ Todd Hatakeyama

      Brad, thanks for the comments. Since we have no budget for this project I did the designs myself, and I am not even close to being an artist. It will look better in person as everything isn’t to scale and the software I used was very limited.

      There is a real time display on the website if you click the link at the bottom of Eric’s post. It shows the goal, amount raised, number of contributors, and a countdown of days remaining.

      I didn’t put in all the fine print, but if we don’t hit our goal, we will do all we can with what we receive. If we get half, we can still do most of it, but have to cut corners, buy used equipment, search Craigslist for deals on furniture, etc.

      I looked at Kickstarter but the high fees and the fact that if we didn’t hit our goal, we would lose all of the donations wasn’t attractive. I would hate for everyone who contributed to be disappointed if we couldn’t go forward with our project if we fell short. I would be inclined to lower the goal by at least half to just have a better chance of reaching the goal, then we would have to cut corners and not get to do everything we planned.

      We’re not a non profit, I have looked into the process but it takes over a year. We can start the process but in order to commit to this new space we have to act fast. I’m maxed out on business loans at the moment so a loan is not an option. Also this is not a money maker, this is more to help the community and offer a large classroom for very low fees to photographers who want to hold workshops and classes. So if anyone is willing to help me build my vision, I’ll be grateful and do all I can to help the Downtown LA art scene continue to grow.