Earlier this year, we opened the doors to the XOXO Outpost—a shared workspace for independent artists working on the internet.
The Outpost is home to a rich and diverse community of writers, game designers, filmmakers, cartoonists, musicians, creative coders, and more. Everyone pays only what they can afford—an experiment made possible by the support of our patrons.
Unfortunately, we aren’t immune to Portland’s rising costs. We learned earlier this year that our landlord planned to double the rent in 2017, and despite our best efforts, we were unable to negotiate a long-term lease we could afford.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that the Outpost will close its doors at the end of the year.
In line with taking a break from the festival, we’ve decided not to continue the Outpost elsewhere. However, many of our members are looking into relocating to another space. If you’re interested in finding out more, sign up below and they'll be in touch.
We want to thank everyone who supported us and championed this experiment, particularly our patrons who made it possible to keep it affordable for everyone. Thank you, MailChimp, Intel, and Instrument.
We especially want to thank everyone who made the Outpost their home this past year. It was a unique pleasure to work for and with you every day, and while we may no longer share a building together, our community doesn’t require walls and a roof to carry on.
— Andy & Andy