Help Racing Magpie replace and upgrade the HVAC in our new building!
During the pandemic in 2020, Racing Magpie deepened their efforts to impact and uplift arts and culture in their community through virtual programming. Virtual artist residencies, wellness workshops, Amplify Black Hills, the ongoing Creative Community Leadership Institute, distributing COVID-19 relief funds to Native artists, the first season of the amazing Winter Camp, and other connections and programs with area artists were all part of that revised strategy.
At the end of 2020, after consulting with the community for months and a combination of minimal space usage and high costs, we made the decision to end our lease at the space we'd occupied for five years. After a long search for new space and the incredible generosity of lending partners Four Bands and Lakota Funds, Magpie was able to purchase our own buildings and are anticipating opening to the public (with appropriate pandemic safety measures in place) in May of 2021 after completing renovations!
We have been able to finance most of the renovation, but the final part of the new building that we couldn't fit in the budget that needs replacing is the old furnace (more than 25 years old!!). We want to make sure that we can maintain comfort for our entire community throughout the year, including our elders and youth, and therefore we would like to upgrade to a two-zone heating and cooling system. One unit would heat and cool the upstairs, and one would heat and cool the downstairs. If successful, this fundraiser will cover the total cost to purchase and install the units and retrofit the duct system.
These funds will go directly to purchase and install the HVAC system through Magpie Creative, the nonprofit structure behind Racing Magpie.
Thank you gifts!
Through the generosity of artists and others, we are happy to be able to offer some thank you gifts for some of our donors:
The first 36 donations of $25-59 will receive a Racing Magpie T-shirt! [21 claimed!]
The first 10 donations of $60-199 will receive a signed and numbered original print by Mikayla Patton! [All have been claimed!]
The first four donations of $200-349 will receive a one-of-a-kind beaded bracelet from Molina Parker! [All have been claimed!]
The first donation of $350+ will receive an original acrylic painting by Delane Has No Horse. [Has been claimed!]
**Donors will be contacted directly to arrange delivery of these gifts