NIMBY Celebrates 10 Years of Supporting Small Scale and Holy-Cow-That's-Huge Art

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NIMBY, a creative industrial art space in Oakland, California and the construction site of projects seen all over the world through events like Maker Faire and Burning Man, kicks off its 10th Anniversary with an IndieGoGo campaign and two exciting events, raising funds for much needed upgrades that will continue to support the creative and mechanically inclined professional and hobbyist alike.

"We don’t make the art, but we make the art possible," NIMBY Founder and Owner Michael Snook said. "Favorites include the Life Sized Mousetrap regularly seen at Maker Faires, and large-scale pieces for Burning Man including the 2011 Trojan Horse."

Today NIMBY, a creative industrial co-working space where hobbyists and entrepreneurs construct their own projects or collaborate with others to build the ridiculous, exciting and most importantly, the never seen before, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with exciting fundraising events and an IndieGoGo campaign. As one of the first large-scale industrial art spaces in the Bay Area with over 100 different art groups and craftsmen using the shop, it’s time to make some upgrades.

“We have been a little top heavy since the move to East Oakland and subsequent compliance requirements,” Snook said. “We need to get whole again and make some upgrades, like electrical wiring, and equipment which is sorely needed to support even more creative projects."

To raise money for these important improvements, NIMBY has launched an IndieGoGo campaign with some fantastic perks including a fully functioning fire truck with NIMBY's tagline, "It was on fire when I got here." Find the campaign at

For those local to the San Francisco Bay Area, NIMBY is also partnering with two of its tenants to put on fundraisers that will be packed with entertainment. The proceeds will be equally split between the partner and NIMBY. The first event is this Saturday, April 12 with a Steampunk Masquerade Extravaganza sponsored by Airpusher, a Burning Man mutant vehicle (steampunk airship) and DJ collective. This event is for ages 21+ and will feature 6 stages of music, fire performances, aerialists, live glass blowing, live painting, food, drinks, and more.

The next event will be May 3, 2014, sponsored by Liquid Wrench and the Life Sized Mouse Trap, seen at Maker Faires, now newly improved right on site at NIMBY. This party will include a daytime event for all ages and an evening show.

NIMBY is very passionate about supporting small and large-scale projects and want to continue to offer the best space and tools for them to bring their dreams to life. With hundreds of years of combined experience, the NIMBY team assists all tenants with everything from forklift work, advice on solving a specific challenge, and sourcing unique or used materials. NIMBY was founded with a devotion to creativity on a shoestring budget and has continued to focus on reusing and restoring as many pieces of equipment and other items as possible. Tenants have access to welding equipment, a wood workshop with a variety of saws and tools, and a machine shop including a plasma cutter, drill presses, lathes, and milling machines, all at no extra cost.

--Fundraising Event Details--

April 12, 2014, 9pm - 3am, ages 21+: Steampunk Masquerade Promenade - NIMBY’s 10th Anniversary Extravaganza. Join Airpusher as we host an unforgettable evening of live music, performance art, interactive installations, fire, live painting, outrageous costumes and booty shaking beats all in celebration of NIMBY! Over the last 10 years founders Snook and Super Dave have been giving their heart and soul to the builder / DIY / independent artist / Burning Man community by running this amazing warehouse space, and now its time for all of us to give back by blowing out NIMBY with the biggest bash they've had in their 10 year history! Event details:

May 3, 2014, a daytime show and evening show: Life Sized Mousetrap! Liquid Wrench and NIMBY bring you an all new and improved Lifesize Mousetrap. After 18 years of service Liquid Wrench and the Mouse Crew scraped, painted and welded everything back to new. Join us for the unveiling. There will be a daytime show so that we can share the experience with all the children out there. Event details:


NIMBY is an industrial co-workspace in Oakland, California where artists and hobbyists can work on their own projects or collaborate with others. It is a place to create the impossible, the new, the ridiculous, the exciting and most importantly, the never seen before. It is the largest do-it-yourself industrial co-working art space in the Bay Area with hundreds of different art groups and craftsmen in the shops. NIMBY stands for “Not In My Backyard” as a tongue-in-cheek reference to projects that can’t find welcome space in their home. The founders have combined professional construction experience of over 50 years and are passionate about supporting the Artists and Entrepreneurs. For more information, please visit

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