Alchemy NFK

Alchemy NFK is a grassroots effort to anchor the Norfolk, VA cultural district.  It was started for a pop-up installation included in a Team Better Block event almost a year ago.  Intended to be a pop-up creative space in a recently vacated property, Alchemy was such a hit that it never left.  About a month later, the co-founders scraped together a down payment and artists agreed to pay rent to fulfill the mortgage payments.  Now Alchemy is looking toward a long-term plan and is nearing the end of a Kickstarter campaign to re-vamp the building into more suitable space.  What is most interesting to me is both its similarities and differences to Red Dirt Studios and also how effective community need played a role in its success.