Interesting questions. It was sad to hear about City Arts and the funding issues. Do keep in mind “CityArts costs the city $800,000 annually and recoups only about $300,000 from class fees”. With that in mind, I don’t see how MakeICT could be a possible refugee. Now, MakeICT could in theory benefit from their misfortune if MakeICT had space and wanted to have more Art programs.
Tangent: One thing to note is if you look at City Arts budget numbers it makes it clear just how cheap MakeICT is running. It also points out what a “good” place MakeICT is in when it comes to being self funded and not needed support that could dry up.
As far as the “best kept secret” I think we are about the right rate of people finding us right now. Right after Jan 1 a ton of people joined and it was crazy. Classes were full all over and the space was crazy at times. I also think the people did not get as good of an on boarding time because of this. If things slow done we can market ourselves a bit more and increase the rate. However, if we push to hard I think we would just be overwhelmed.
If we end up trying to raise money to buy a build, then we do need to work the “Why MakeICT” so we can market the cause, but I don’t think we currently need that for new members.