BELLINGHAM — Beloved art & music hub Jinx Art Space has re-branded as Make.Shift Art Space, taking the name of the local nonprofit that took over the business nearly a year ago.
The name change comes along with new signage, a new website and soon — a remodeled entryway for the building at 306 Flora St. Make.Shift, which provides low-cost, sustainable support for independent artists and musicians, has been renovating the aging 1940′s-era building continuously since purchasing the business in 2011. Renovations include: the addition of six new band practice studios and two new art studios downstairs, a complete gallery remodel (including removal of fluorescent lighting and installation of track lighting in the gallery), infrastructure and safety improvements to the basement studios, sound-dampening improvements and more.
Since former owners Michelle Schutte and Django Bohren founded Jinx Art Space in 2008, Jinx has earned a hard-fought reputation as a gritty, underground venue for unconventional art and music. “Jinx showed us that passionate DIY kids with a vision could create an incredible space to incubate creativity,” said Cat Sieh, Director at Make.Shift. ”We’re proud to continue that legacy under the Make.Shift name.”