Artless and heartless: Thieves rip off Panama Art Factory

GoFundMe campaign launched to replace thousands of dollars worth of equipment at Sacramento arts center

Bad news: Thieves broke into the Panama Art Factory in the early hours of August 31 and made off with approximately $15,000 worth of equipment.

The art hub, located at 4421 24th Street just east of Hollywood Park, has become a bustling arts center in the last year. In addition to hosting artists’ studios, it’s also home to classes, exhibits and shows.

The stolen inventory list is long: Cameras and lenses, tools, musical equipment and much more.

The center’s current studio artist list includes Shaun Burner, Kitty Gerwig, Mathew Glaisyer, Stephen Hayhurst, Melissa Uroff Millner, Miguel Paz, Alonzo Sanchez, Janelle Sonoda, Glenn Takai, Leslie Thompson, Daniel Trejo and Delisse Vargas.

The space is not insured against theft so its artists have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money to replace the stolen goods. The goal is $10,000 and all donations will directly benefit the artists.

The fund had raised more than $3,505 from 91 people as of Tuesday afternoon.

There will also be an Open Studios tour from noon to 7 p.m., September 10 and 11. Admission is free but donations are welcome.