In a town destroyed by alcohol, a former liquor store has been purchased to flip and begin building a makerspace for local artists and crafters.
On November 30th, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) Whiteclay Makerspace purchased the “Arrowhead Inn” a former bar and liquor store in Whiteclay, Nebraska.
In April of 2017, the liquor stores of Whiteclay, Nebraska were shut down. Just south of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation these stores sold almost 4 million cans of beer a year and fueled alcoholism, homelessness, assault, and murder in the area.
This makerspace is the first step towards a new Whiteclay. This space will provide career and income stability while meeting critical needs for our artists such as lack of supplies, studio space, and a fair-priced market.
The nonprofit 501(c)(3) Whiteclay Makerspace is now fundraising to pay for renovations, equipment, and an online store, with the goal of launching operations in 2019.
“Whiteclay can be famous for good, not for bad.” Tom Brewer, Nebraska State Senator | Member, Oglala Sioux Tribe “They (the artists) need 100% support, they need someone to be there for them” Norma Blacksmith, Nationally Recognized Quilter | Member, Oglala Sioux Tribe More information on the makerspace : www.WhiteclayMakerspace.com.