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Business Profile: New Rules

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New Rules is a new creative shared space coming to 2015 North Lowry Ave in North Minneapolis. Designed to provide interdisciplinary artists and creators with the necessary studio space, equipment and workshops to help bring their ideas into fruition, New Rules will contain a transitional event space and a design lab. The space’s design lab can be accessed on an hourly or membership basis that will provide access to equipment including a 3D printer, sewing machines and computers. The event space will serve as a platform for artists to host events like exhibits, lectures, film showings and book readings. The City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) and the Lowry Business Association has helped support New Rules with a façade grant through the Great Streets Program. Business assistance and support was also provided by CPED’s Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) and the Arts, Culture and Creative Economy program.  
Founder Chris Webley states that New Rules is targeted at millennials of color as it is an underserved population with a culture rooted in creativity, and says that the space will help fulfill the need for this type of resource in North Minneapolis. To fund the space, Chris is utilizing a crowdfunding campaign to raise $30,000 to open at the end of July, and contributions to the space will count as pre-payment for those who will use the space. New Rules will increase opportunities for communities of color to practice design thinking, innovation and social entrepreneurship; and Chris hopes that this will ultimately help breed the next generation of creatives.

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Last updated Jun 20, 2016