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artist's center

updated thu 21 jun 01


Jeremy McLeod on mon 18 jun 01

ejudd@MOOSE-MAIL.COM wrote:

> A friend and I are considering starting an artist's center--an area
> to rent spaces (for potters and photographers specifically).

I can't think of two more incompatible pursuits when the topic of discussion
is dust and cleanliness. If indeed this "center" is to house these two, I truly
hope they are on separate floors or wings of a building. Maybe one of the
grants can pay for an industrial strength dust-collection/vacuum system!

Jeremy (former photographer and current messy potter)

ejudd@MOOSE-MAIL.COM on mon 18 jun 01

Hi all,
I am fairly new to this list, and am enjoying it so far. My question
today is not directly a clay one, but I am hoping some of you will
have advice and/or ideas to offer--
A friend and I are considering starting an artist's center--an area
to rent spaces (for potters and photographers specifically). Anyone
have any thoughts on non-profit vs profit, grants, etc.? We live in
the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) area and see a need for a space for artists
like myself who do not have room at home for wheels, kilns,
darkrooms, etc. but who want to seriously pursue their art. We are in
the VERY preliminary stages of planning--
Any thoughts would be appreciated; you can e-mail me at ejudd@moose- if you don't want to take up Clayart space.

m markey on wed 20 jun 01

Hi Elizabeth!

The first thing that came to mind when I read your letter, was, are the two
areas of art (pottery and photography) compatible to share the same space
in? I know there's lots of dust in a clay studio--I doubt that someone
wanting to develop photos or doing dust-free work would want to be sharing
space with a clay artist.

On the other hand, if the spaces you have available are seperated by walls
and doors, with seperate ventilation for each work space,the dust may not be
a problem.

Your project sounds interesting. I've seen examples of shared work
space/living space occur successfully (Los Angeles has an artists' co-op
called "The Brewery",for instance).

I rented space in a clay artists' communal studio, in San Francisco, a few
years ago. The facility was nice, but the community's steering committee was
continuously "hamstrung" by members who didn't want to change anything,
including remodelling or buying new equipment, or spnding money for things
which would have benefitted the studio, and those renting space there.

I suggest visiting communal work spaces, talking to the board of directors
(or perhaps the person "in charge"), and also talking to artists using these
facilities, to get an idea of what works and what doesn't, when managing or
working in such an operation.

Best wishes!

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