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If you have an art project that you've been hoping to get to but just need the space, The Generator in Sparks may be just what you're looking for. It's a 35,000 square foot warehouse and because it's being funded by an anonymous donor it won't cost you a dime. The exchange at The Generator, is in commitment.

"We have the space and we are happy for anyone to come here and create," says Executive Director Matt Schultz. "We don't expect money. In fact we don't have any exchange of money here. No one buys anything and no one sells anything here. We are encouraging art and creation and we expect people to become like members. That means everyone here cleans bathrooms, paints walls, helps move stuff and is free to create. We are trying to create a community."

If you look around you'll see a working metal shop, a high-tech computer center and large scale art projects including a 15 foot prototype for a control tower someone is building for Burning Man. A full-scale Ichthyosaur skeleton puppet is under construction. And a handful of other projects from fire trucks to statuary are in the works.

"We only have one rule here," says manager Andy Luna. "Don't be mean. I mean we could call it lots of things but basically get along with people and don't be a jerk. We really are trying to be part of a movement around the world of letting people create."

The Generator has a lot of large scale Burning Man art right now, but that will all be heading to the playa in a month and they will be welcoming new projects.

"We want to have anyone with ideas here," Schultz says. "That could be a large project or a father who wants to repaint his child's bike for him. We welcome them all. I study happiness and creating seems to make people happy."

You'll find The Generator at 1240 Icehouse Avenue in Sparks. You can also reach them at

Written by Erin Breen


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