When do we have to move?
We have to be out of the current space by September 15.
When is the last party in the current space?
The last event at the CSPC is September 9th. August is a great month to come say goodbye for now to your favorite parties.
We also have some special events planned:
- An evening of strip-tease with a service auction and raffle thrown in on August 21
- A“playover” which runs all night (you can try sleeping too!) on September 2
- A pancake breakfast the next morning on September 3.
- A rummage sale on September 4.
- The last educational event is September 11; Partial Suspension Shibari with Seattle Shibari.
Do we have another building?
Not yet, but we’re on the ground and looking every day. We have money in hand when the right space comes along. We’re looking mostly in industrial areas (South Downtown, Georgetown, Fisherman’s Wharf area in Ballard), because we’d like to be a good distance from schools, churches, and primarily residential areas.
Who is handling the search for another building?
We’ve put together a great team. Both the directors of the FSPC and the CSPC have joined forces, along with a Master Planner who has 18 years of experience in architecture. We are also working with a great leasing agent. The building will still house both the FSPC and the CSPC, and it will also include the Library.
Will we be “going dark”?
Yes, the Center will be closed after September 9th, but there will be parties and events again starting on October 1st (or possibly sooner), in rented venues until we have a space that is ready to go for action! We’ll be offering at least 2-5 events each month while the Center is operating on a limited schedule.
Many of the FSPC’s support groups will follow their regular schedule, and workshops will still be happening — check the FSPC Calendar to see where they will happen.
What’s going to happen to my membership?
You will have time extended on your membership that equals the amount of time the Center is dark. In the meantime, your membership will still be good for the parties and events that get organized this fall.
Is it worth it to join now?
Now is a better time than any other to join! You can get on the ground and help with the move and get to know people. You can attend the wonderful parties we have planned between now and September 9th. You’ll be able to see what the “old” Center was like and what the new space is like. After the grand opening in our new home, members who remained current while we were dark will get that time added to their membership, extending their renewal date.
What exactly are you looking for?
Our primary criteria for space is a building that offers:
- 10,000 to 12,000 square feet for less than $2/square foot
- In Seattle
- In a place with industrial zoning
- Within a quarter mile of mass transit and with dedicated onsite parking or street parking.
- Accessibility for those with limited mobility
- we’d like high ceilings
- we’d like to be able to make multiple spaces with a flexible layout so that we can have multiple events at the same time.
*If you know of a place, please don’t approach the owner yourself. We could be in the middle of negotiations with that person, or we might already have considered it. Instead, email the information to Jan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sophia (email@example.com).
How can I help?
You can volunteer for the interim events and/or volunteer for moving and packing. We need people with construction skills to help with the buildout when we get a space — Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let her know what skills you have to offer or how you would like to help.
We’d also really like donations. Come to one of our fundraising events, donate through our website, or just donate something extra when you’re at an event in August or early September. If you’d like to volunteer, contact email@example.com.
Coming SUNDAY, AUGUST 21: Striptease, Lap-dances, Pole dances & MORE!
- 6PM to 1AM in the Main Space
- Members: $15
- Guests: $20
- AYCE, Metal, & Prem: $5
A chance for you to strip for the Center or lap dance or a pole dance or all of the above. (Kind of like Bang For The Buck, but for all genders). If you want to strip you can sign up when you get there. Bring music if you like or we will supply it. We will be supplying fake money for the strip which you’ll be able to purchase. There will even be a prize for the person who gets the most bucks.
There will also be a live services auction and a raffle. We’ve got lot of stuff to auction and raffle and are looking for more. Some of the items include Breakfast in Bed for as many will fit in a bed, two nights in a B&B in Lakecity, some play toys, jewelry, a massage table, a book buying spree, tarot reading, copy editing, fire play night and there will be more.
We’ll take cash or credit for the raffle and auction items For more information or to donate please contact
August will be our last full month at our current space. I want to invite all of you to come and say goodbye to your favorite parties here in the old space. This also your chance to donate to our move and show your love for the Center for Sex Positive Culture and Foundation for Sex Positive Culture. There may be a few changes but overall most of our parties will be happening in August so come for one last hurrah in a space that has taken care of us for almost 18 years. We talked about doing another Old Timer’s Invasion which will tentatively be our last Grind on August 26. But don’t wait until then to show up. Join us for all the parties.
Here are a few memories of what we started with.
SAVE THESE DATES!
We have a bunch of fun events schedule in August and September to raise funds for the move. Please put these dates on your calendar. We’re still working out the particulars so stay tuned for more information early next week.
Summer Spirits Soiree — An evening of performances, fine liquor tastings, and fundraising shenanigans brought to you by The Foundation for Sex Positive Culture. Tickets are on sale now.
Tentativly called Will Strip for Space (roof, walls, floors, etc). A night of performances and a chance for you to strip for Center. (Kind of like Bang For The Buck, but for all genders) There will also be a live services auction and a raffle. In the main space 6PM until we’re done
Foto Finish. A chance to get your photo taken at the Center! Got a favorite piece of equipment? Get your photo taken on it. Want a photo of the shower? We can do that. 7PM to 1AM
September 2 & 3.
Come to Friday night’s parties and spend the night, then join us the next morning for a Pancake Feed fundraiser!
Swap Meet. Just what it says. A day to sell your stuff and eat hotdogs and socialize. Tentatively 10AM to 4PM
Our plan is to have September 9th be our last party, which is going to be one giant hell of a party with all the things we allow happening! We’ll be selling pieces of the walls that have been decorated and signed. And all you oldtimers, this is the night to attend if you don’t make our parties in August. So please put it on your calendar to join us on September 9th to say goodbye to our space one last time.
This is not the end, but a new beginning. We are so excited about the upcoming move and the new opportunities for all of us. I’ll be sending out a couple more of these letters over the next few weeks with more information on the upcoming special events and also on other ways you can contribute to our move.
Here’s to another 17+ years of Sex Positivity!
Allena Gabosch, Founder and current Development Director
Coming this weekend: Take Off! A Party for High Flying Experiences!
After your day at Sexploration Saturday, be sure to check out Take OFF! This one time event is the perfect party for people who’d like to try a scene in a safe environment. Enjoy the pleasures of sexploring, watching a scene and socializing with like-minded adventurers.
This party is FREE to anyone with a Sexploration ticket.
Fist Bump returns this month on July 28th. Fist Bump is the pansexual fisting party that took home the People’s Choice Best New Party for 2015. It’s already awesome, right?
But in July, Fist Bump takes it up a notch with a workshop from seasoned fisting expert Jim Drew.
Here is his workshop description:
Anal Fisting: 20 Questions (and Answers)
Everyone has questions about fisting, ranging from “Does it hurt?” and “How long does it take to get good at it?” to “What is the best clean out technique?” and “How do I get past the second sphincter?” Jim will teach and illuminate you about the wonders of anal fisting by answering these questions (including any from the audience, because those are always the most interesting ones!). A hands-in demo will be included. Suitable for all genders and orientations.
Presenter: Jim Drew
Jim has been involved in the leather scene for over 25 years, including holding several leather titles (most recently, Washington State Mr. Leather 2015), and he has been in the men’s fisting scene for over 15 years. He has hosted quarterly men’s fisting parties since 2010, and has taught fisting workshops in five states. He is versatile for fisting, and makes an entire barnyard/jungle of animal noises during sex.
The Fist Bump workshop will happen in the Main Space from 7 PM until 9 PM on July 28th. The Fist Bump party will follow immediately at 9 PM and run until 1 AM.
If you have questions about this amazing night, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
As you may or may not know, the 1600 block on the east side of 15th Avenue West is up for redevelopment. This block houses both the Center and Foundation. As sister organizations, with a shared mission, we are more effective when we are sharing a space. We are pleased to work together in finding a new home.
Two weeks ago, the CSPC and FSPC came to an agreement with the new owners of our buildings to move out early. Our agreement includes a new move-out date of September 15, 2016 and a settlement to each organization for accepting the early termination of our lease.
While this does mean we will be moving sooner than we had planned, the settlement will help us act quickly when we find a building in the fast-paced Seattle commercial real estate market. This gives us a head start and allows us to move forward confidently while we continue to raise funds for building out a new space. We have looked at several buildings so far, including one that was promising but not quite right. New spaces are constantly becoming available, and we hope to be able to announce a good fit very soon.
Thank you to everyone who took either of the two building surveys. Sharing your thoughts informed our Joint Building Search Committee in prioritizing the criteria important to our communities. We are looking for a building, or collection of adjoining buildings, that are zoned industrial general or industrial commercial. We are focusing on industrial zoning to avoid residences, schools, and churches. Our ideal size range is 10K-16K sq ft. Accessibility and safety are primary concerns. Per the results of our member surveys, we will be looking for a building with good parking, on public transit lines, and that can support multiple events simultaneously.
You are invited to hear more about our building search at a joint Town Hall Meeting on July 23, 2016, 10am-11am, in the CSPC Annex located at 1608 15th Ave. W. Seattle, 98119. A second Town Hall meeting will be held Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 7-9pm, in the CSPC Annex. This is a special edition of the Big Idea Meeting.
This is an exciting time and we will be looking to you for help. Volunteering time and donating money are the best ways you can help us right now. Please look at your calendars and your bank books to determine how you are able to contribute during this transition.
Monetary donations can can be made online, in person, over the phone, or mailed. For more information about making a donation, Jeanette can be reached at (206) 270-9746 and Sophia can be reached at (206) 229-2185.
Donating to either the CSPC’s or FSCP’s general moving fund makes sure that both organizations can transition smoothly into a new home. This fund will cover all associated costs of this transition, including but not limited to: tenant improvements; moving & storage expenses; special event rentals.
To donate to the CSPC, please go here.
To donate to the FSPC and request a tax-deductible receipt, please go here.
The first two pre-move work parties are scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2016 starting at 11am (right after the Town Hall) and Monday, August 1, 2016 starting 6pm-8pm. Food will be provided for volunteers at each work party.
We are excited at the opportunity this transition affords us. We look forward to working with you to create our future!
Jeanette Aprato and Sophia Iannicelli
The Foundation’s Sexploration is also in July, on the 30th. This is a day of workshops followed by a night of play! There are both beginning and intermediate tracks in this wonderful and popular event. Get your tickets early!
That same night, the CSPC will host Take Off, also available to Sexploration attendees.
And last but not least, get your tickets for The Gathering, a 3 day event on a 50 acre play space in August. Don’t miss out on this inaugural event for play, workshops, and community building. See the links below for logistical details!
I know that some of you are asking questions about our upcoming relocation and if we had definitive answers we’d be happy to give them to you.
Here’s what we can tell you.
The Center and the Foundation directors are working hard at locating a new space for all of us. They are looking at buildings, working with a master planner and a property manager. They’ve looked at some spaces that don’t work and we’ve looked at some that have great potential. They haven’t begun negotiations on anything yet.
There really isn’t much more to say than that. Our move date will depend on when we find a building. We are looking to put together fundraising events and they do cost money, space and time, which is always in short supply. In the meantime if you’d like to donate to our move please check out this link: http://thecspc.org/ways-to-donate/ or come to our parties and donate at the door.
And remember, if you need a tax deductible donation, donate to the Foundation and specify that the funds be used for the move: https://thefspc.org/support/.
We are looking to start fundraising soon and if you’d like to be part of the fundraising please let me know.
Write email@example.com for more info or to help.
–Allena Gabosch, Director of Development