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Old 11-21-2019, 06:43 AM   #1
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Art Bus in NYC

Goodmorning!!! My name is Tiffany Pierce! I am a mom of an 8yr old, an art educator, business owner, instructions designer, and I love bringing communities of people together!

At this end of this month, wow, I guess next Saturday, Iím starting a fundraiser to help me raise funds for an art bus for NYC! This bus will serve as a mobile brick and mortar art studio for kids and adults! My studio is and weíve been in operation since 2013. The Art Table Studio is a mobile studio (by foot, train, bus, or Uber) lol, for children and adults. Last year we experienced more growth than before and THIS year have more than tripled! For this reason itís time for us to take mobile model to its next iteration, which is a mobile on wheels bus!

Iíve been researching for at least 4 years about converted school buses and the unique nature of NYC, as I havenít seen many successful art buses. We have a mobile game truck, BioBus, dog grooming trucks, mobile libraries, meditation bus, and medical service. But no art bus.

Iíd love to see if I have my information accurate as far as pricing, as I will be buying our bus by December 31 to begin the gutting and fabrication process for the fresh beginning of 2020!!! I want us up and operational by; May 2020.

Can you guys confirm:
- BEST bus conversion company? Iím in NYC I will have no time or space to do the conversion myself, I will really need a reliable company. My aesthetic is And cost of conversion (no bathroom, kitchen, bedroom)?

- BEST bus to get that has a sunroof and should I entertain, wheelchair accessible door? Iíve read a lot about Blue Birds and Thomas. It canít be longer than 40 feet. Think NYC narrow streets double side parking. Lol I also needs to be newer, as Iíd rather not work with the mechanics of a faulty bus to save money on the top. Iíd rather spend and save on the back end in repairs.

- HOW MUCH should a 5yr old bus cost? Just the bus.

- INSURANCE, can you give me a range?

- AC and GENERATORS. (Quiet ones). Lol Brands, specs, and cost

-FLOORING (walls, ceiling) I want to be covered in wood beautiful homey wood. Are there kinds that you donít recommend and do?

- INSULATION. Iím concerned about the cold season in NYC. Our bus will have to be super insulated as we will have kids and even babies attending classes within. Any recommendations to keep it super toasty?

- ITEMIZED monthly budget for an off-grid bus only sink (no bathroom) cost. I will not be living in this. It will only be used as a commercial vehicle.

- PARKING. When you visit big cities for those who might have commercial skoolies, where do you park?

IS $150k reasonable for a start up for converted school bus turned art studio for kids? We will be on the road daily visiting schools, orgs, etc.
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Old 11-22-2019, 03:36 AM   #2
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Nice, ambitious goal. I hope you make it a success!
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Old 11-22-2019, 06:29 AM   #3
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Thanks so much! Any feedback or advice?
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Old 11-22-2019, 09:15 AM   #4
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Old 11-22-2019, 09:23 AM   #5
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Thanks so much! Any feedback or advice?
A used bookmobile bus is usually already well insulated with spray foam and plumbed for heat/ac.

I realize that's a bit of a unicorn among a herd of horses but still worth checking...
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