Brooklyn Art Space 3rd Ward Abruptly Shut Down, Staff Gone, Fundraising Drive Called Off
Beloved Bushwick community art space and co-working hub 3rd Ward was abruptly shuttered Wednesday. The 30,000-square-foot space housed a wood shop, a metal shop, jewelry and textiles studios, a digital lab, and hosted classes including, most famously, "Drink and Draw."
3rdward.com/blog 3rd Ward's pop-up shop at Chelsea Market
The decision to close may have been made as late as Tuesday evening, when one student reports he received an e-mail canceling his class an hour and a half before it was scheduled to begin.
3rd Ward has gone radio silent and a major fundraising drive has been called off as frustrated patrons complain that they want the money they paid for classes and memberships, as recently as this week, refunded.
Ten e-mails sent to onetime 3rd Ward employees bounced back, including two with the message "Effective October 8th, I am no longer employed at 3rd Ward," and instructions to address future inquires to Chief Financial Officer Nick Alexander. Alexander has not responded to inquiries from the Voice.
Just five days before, 3rd Ward was still asking for contributions to its Fundrise (which is kind of like Kickstarter for real estate and other investment opportunities), through which the organization had raised $375,000 of a $1.5 million goal.
On Wednesday, 3rd Ward's Fundrise page was amended with a message:
Update: Offering Discontinued Due to the fact that 3rd Ward has shut down operations, we have discontinued this offering.
At Fundrise our goal is to democratize access local investment opportunities that otherwise would not available.
If an opportunity for investment that sufficiently protects investors emerges, we will reach back out to those who have indicated an interest.
The Fundrise Team