On October 13, in conjunction with Swizz Beatz, the Heliotrope Foundation will launch a Kickstarter campaign to bring the Braddock Tiles workshop into the world.
What is Braddock Tiles?
Braddock Tiles is a ceramics workshop inside a beautiful abandoned church in North Braddock, PA. When it's operational, it will create jobs while transforming the church into a beautiful public space where people can learn, play and work with dignity.With your support, Braddock Tiles will open for business, employing people to make 20,000 colorful roof tiles and complete the church roof.
What will the Kickstarter raise money for?
Your contributions help us renovate the church basement and buy equipment to open the Braddock Tiles ceramics workshop.
Help us meet our initial goal of $50,000 and we'll have the resources to renovate the church basement and make it a great place to work.
Help us meet our stretch goal of $100,000 and we'll renovate the basement and purchase kilns, mixers, shelves, clay and other supplies to get up and running in Spring 2016.
Why make ceramic tiles?
The church is in urgent need of a new roof, so we can stop the progress of decay, renovate the ground floor, and open it the public as a community center. All the affordable roofing materials we could find contain toxic heavy metals and are imported from China.
North Braddock is a proud manufacturing town, but people are suffering from the collapse of the US steel industry and other major employers. Those good jobs have gone overseas. Given this, it didn’t seem right to import something we could make ourselves.
What is our mission in North Braddock, PA?
We believe that by opening a small tile factory and turning an abandoned relic into a community center, we can create a place that changes people’s lives for the better, and bring pride to a town that’s been fighting to stay strong ever since the local steel industry collapsed.
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