Wednesday, August 5, 2015

So Far...

I am thrilled to announce that 3-D SPACE has officially received tax-exempt nonprofit status from both the IRS and the State of California. We are officially a 501(c)3 charity and are eligible to apply for many federal and state grants, as well as receive tax-deductible contributions from donors. This is a HUGE step in making our 3-D center a reality.

My next goal is to find a permanent home for our center and museum, and I am very optimistic that we will be able to acquire the building that we have been looking at in the NoHo Arts District of Los Angeles. We are very excited about the prospects for this site - the building is perfect for our purposes with an already existing theater, gallery, and classroom. A brochure is available outlining our plans and our fundraising needs in order to purchase the building, Please email if you are interested in receiving the PDF file.

We have been extremely busy this year, even without having a home. We have been building our museum collection, receiving items from a number of donors and collectors, including a considerable part of the Ray Zone 3-D collection. We have also been curating exhibits and screenings in partnership with many other organizations. Our efforts have included:
  • In March, we curated a 3-D mini-museum exhibit, including a packed screening of the 1953 classic House of Wax (with special guest Victoria Price, daughter of Vincent Price) for the Monsterpalooza Convention in Burbank, California.
  • In April, we presented an outdoor 3-D movie, featuring a Q&A with a NASA/JPL scientist, at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, California.
  • In May, 3-D SPACE curated the 3-D Village at the Bay Area Maker Faire, presenting the work of a number of stereoscopic artists.
  • In June, we helped the estate of silent film star and stereo photographer Harold Lloyd with the restoration and presentation of some of Lloyd’s images at a prestigious film festival in Bologna, Italy.
  • July was our busiest month yet, with two panels at the San Diego Comic Con: The first, co-presented with the Jack Kirby Museum, was a presentation on the 3-D comic book collaboration between Ray Zone and Jack Kirby, featuring a half-hour television interview from 1984 that hadn’t been seen publicly in over 30 years. The second was the 3-D world premiere, in partnership with Captured Aural Phantasy Theater, of a “lost” 3-D EC Sci-Fi comic book that was originally intended to be published in 1954. 
  • In July, we also teamed up with the LA 3-D Club and LA Filmforum to present a theatrical screening of 3-D Rarities including a Q&A with the films producer, preservationist Bob Furmanek of the 3-D Film Archive.
  • And in Snowbird, Utah at the National Stereoscopic Association’s 3D-Con, 3-D SPACE co-presented the 3-D theater, hosted a poolside “Dive-in” screening of Creature From The Black Lagoon, and curated a mini-museum exhibit for the art gallery.

And we have even more planned for August and the rest of the year!

3-D SPACE exists and has come this far thanks to generous donations from the 3-D community, including many of you. Thank you! I look forward to your ongoing support as we continue to grow and become the hub for all things 3-D.