Adam's Forge Needs Your Support!
My name is Heather McLarty and I am President of the Board of Adam’s Forge. I am writing to you today because Adam’s Forge needs your support to survive the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
A bit of background: Founded in 2002 as a memorial to artist-blacksmith Adam Leventhal, Adam’s Forge is a 501(c)3 non-profit blacksmithing school dedicated to providing hands-on blacksmithing classes and promoting public appreciation of the art of blacksmithing in the greater Los Angeles area. Through our efforts we have created a thriving blacksmithing community that is unique in Los Angeles, a space to share ideas, knowledge, tools, equipment and camaraderie. Over the past few years alone, thousands of people from our community have picked up a hammer and moved metal with us. We truly are blacksmithing in Los Angeles.
We are proud of how Adam’s Forge has grown, and we’ve come a long way since 2002.
Originally run entirely by volunteers and supported by donations, we started teaching weekly Saturday classes under a pop-up tent at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena and then in the back lot of Heritage Square in Highland Park. For anyone who remembers those early years, it was a free-wheeling time of creativity, connecting, community building, and learning! In 2012 we moved the Forge to our current location in Glassell Park as a way to expand our class offerings and give the organization more stability. Most of our instructors volunteer their time to teach because they love blacksmithing and want to share their knowledge of this ancient art.
We regularly bring in nationally known artist-blacksmiths to teach and demonstrate, and recently launched a series of artist talks that are free and open to the public.
In addition to classes, connecting with our community is a significant part of our mission. We run a regular program with Wounded Warriors to teach veterans fundamental blacksmithing skills. We host a yearly Forge Festival to showcase what blacksmithing is all about at the Audubon Center at Debs Park and do regular public blacksmithing demonstrations in locations including Heritage Square, Travel Town, and the Fowler Museum. We were about to do a demonstration at the Craft Museum when we were shut down.
We earn revenue to support our mission by teaching classes. We hold classes every weekend, on select weeknights and also host weekly Open Forge time for students to work on their own projects. With the current Covid-19 related business restrictions we have lost our entire source of revenue but still need to pay our expenses. In addition to rent and other overhead expenses, we have three employees that work tirelessly to run Adam’s Forge and make it possible for this thriving community organization to fulfill its mission.
Because of Covid-19, we have been closed since mid-March and do not know how long we will be required to stay closed. Even when we are given the green light to re-open, we face restrictions on class sizes to maintain appropriate physical distancing between students for the foreseeable future. What does this mean? To put it bluntly, we are a small but thriving non-profit with limited resources in real danger of not being able to survive this crisis.
We understand that this is a hard time for everyone and it is not easy for us to make this request for donations. However, if you are someone, like me, who has been impacted by the work that we are doing at Adam’s Forge, and want to see this organization continue into the future, I strongly encourage you to consider making a donation of any amount. Any donation that you make will be put towards paying our immediate expense obligations and allow us to continue operations as we move forward. As a non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible. If you would like to make a donation outside of the GoFundMe format, for example via check or charitable giving account, please contact us.
We look forward to the day that we can re-open and continue fulfilling our mission. All of us at Adam’s Forge miss you, and are grateful for the wonderful blacksmithing community that we create by sharing together.
Stay safe and healthy.
President of the Board