I don't know if you've heard of Flywheel -- I haven't, considering I'm on the other side of the country -- but it's a non-profit arts collective/venue in Easthampton, MA. Playing host to everyone from Ted Leo and Deerhoof to Magik Markers and Fat Worm of Error (as well as many other totally amazing weirdo and non-weirdo bands), the collective is associated with the totally gnarly label Ecstatic Peace, who are of course home to a slew of Thurston-approved artists. Anyway, Flywheel is currently gearing up to move into a bigger, nicer venue, where it can more readily reach its full potential. So, what do they need from you?
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As many of you know, Flywheel, in Easthampton, MA is a non-profit multi-use art space that has hosted some of the country's most innovative and unsung performers. Artists such as Ted Leo, Fugazi, Deerhoof, Lightning Bolt, Sonic Youth not to mention dozens of Ecstatic Peace artists, have played Flywheel along the way. Flywheel has also hosted film screenings, cabaret, spoken word, art openings, children's programs and even a traveling circus over it's storied nine year history.
Earlier this year Flywheel was given the opportunity to move into a beautiful new space twice the size of it's previous one. The new centralized location will significantly raise the public profile of Flywheel and allow them to finally live up to their original vision of serving a wider portion of the community. The increased size of the new performance hall will also allow Flywheel to book shows and put on performances that were impossible in the old space.
They've been busy raising the funds necessary to renovate and maintain this new space and would like to reopen in early 2008. Ecstatic Peace has made a commitment to help Flywheel and we hope you'll also consider doing what you can.
How You Can Help
1) Make a donation via PayPal to support Flywheel's general expenses.
2) You can also donate by mail. Make checks payable to Flywheel and mail to:
43 Main Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
3) Sign up to be a monthly supporter via your credit or debit card. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
4) If you live near Easthampton, you might also consider volunteering for Flywheel.
For more information about Flywheel, go to their website:
That's it for now. On behalf of Ecstatic Peace and Flywheel, thanks for the help and support.