Safety in PLACE

For: PLACE for Sustainable Living
Oakland, CA
Organizer: PLACE Team
of $50,000 goal
15% Complete
Raised by 98 donors

The Story

In 2011, a group of artists, urban agriculturalists, community organizers, and appropriate technologists rented an empty lot and warehouse and transformed it into PLACE for Sustainable Living. PLACE is a public-serving, experiential learning center showcasing and fostering regenerative design, sustainable living practices, urban homesteading, community resiliency & preparedness, social justice, artistic expression and public placemaking. We offer classes, workshops, presentations, film nights, discussions, meetings, events, and affordable cooperative art spaces to work creatively in our Makery & Fab Lab and shared office space. Additionally we participate in neighborhood-based placemaking initiatives making more livable public places in between private spaces.

Our Campaign: Safety In PLACE!

The recent and devastating fire in Oakland’s Ghost Ship artist warehouse has had us all mourning the many precious lives lost. We have felt this personally and collectively as many of our community members knew someone fallen to the fire.

This tragedy has also triggered some real concerns throughout our alternative art, community and DIY spaces from the response by the city of Oakland and other municipalities across the country that are now aggressively enforcing building and fire codes for these unique spaces. We recognize that safety is of the utmost concern and absolutely needs to be addressed, but the increase of these inspections has led to a landlord backlash evicting longtime artist residents and community organizations.

We have recently performed a safety audit throughout PLACE and have clarified some structural and safety priorities that need to be addressed as soon as possible. We are not in a financial position ourselves to address these improvements but we are asking our extended community to help make PLACE safer so we can continue to serve the public with confidence in our ability to support educational programs and community assembly. We are asking for your donations to fund safety, fire, accessibility, and building improvements to PLACE for Sustainable Living so that we may continue to serve as a community hub for art, education, sustainability, grassroots organizing and future youth programs.

Necessary Improvements:
Fire Safety  $5,000

Install fire-rated sheet rock, more smoke detectors, emergency EXIT lights and fire extinguishers throughout the barn, Fab Lab, the Makery, studios and Yard

Electrical upgrades: $20,000

Replace existing electrical sub-panel and install new sub-panel with rigid conduit and dedicated breakers to all studios.

ADA Accessibility: $25,000

Install ADA Accessible Bathroom and Wheelchair Lift

Other Ways to Help

If you care to make a tax-deductible donation, you may do so through our 501.c.3 non-profit fiscal sponsor.  Please contact us directly at [email protected] for details.  Include "DONATION" in subject line.

If you are not available to contribute finances at this time, there are many ways to support this campaign.

Sign up to volunteer to help with any of the improvement projects.

Offer to perform at an upcoming benefit

Help with promoting this campaign or accompanying benefit shows around town.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 8, 2017

Posted on July 8, 2017

Our time lapse video of the first phase of our Safety-In-PLACE campaign featuring the sheetrock installation in the barn is now available for viewing. Click on this link: or simply check out our gallery of photos and videos. . See the efforts of many months of volunteer Action Days condensed to only a few minutes of video. We have had over 80 people contribute just over $7,000 to cover the expenses of the materials required to install in the ceiling, a one hour fire rated barrier between the public and the 4 inch rigid foam insulation that we repurposed from the closing Andronico’s supermarket walk-in freezer room. 

Our next phase of the Safety-In-PLACE campaign is the electrical upgrades throughout the entire compound, followed by accessibility improvements. Please consider contributing to this endeavor to keep PLACE safe for our ongoing serving of the public. 


Posted on January 11, 2017

Posted on January 11, 2017

Video Testimonial from Kevin Bayuk - Thank you Kevin and more to come! If you wish to do a quick testimonial video yourself, please see our "Safety IN PLACE" "discussion" facebook event page for how to do that (email it to us!).

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