Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

Good News for Arts Organizations: Co-working Saves Money and Leads to Creative, Thriving Communities.

As a Gen Yer searching for some funky even unorthodox ways of career life style, I am strongly interested in the notion of co-working space, which is becoming more and more popular in recent years. It is now more than a conception: “a hot desk at Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation (known locally as CSI) starts at CAD75 a month – and comes with a business address, mail delivery, 24/7 access and shared services such as free wifi, free coffee, cheap printing and meeting rooms. ”

It is exciting when co-working space is introduced to artistic realm, which is utterly a perfect encounter of ideas to boom thousands of inspirations. With artists, designers, architects and so forth getting together, co-working space creates an ideal platform especially to incubate start-ups. Therefore this kind of placing workplace together is more than what it looks like but to grow into a new community bringing about interaction and information sharing among tenants. In addition, the new community would benefit arts managers due to its information-intensive and interactive context.

It may be possible for arts managers to sponsor artistic co-working space. I have scanned some articles about “How to Build a Co-Working Space”, however, few of them specialized in arts. Should the membership of tenants be limited? Should the environment be divided into quiet and noisy sections? Should the “landlord” provide consultants to artistic members? I am eager to explore some more discussions on this topic.

Go and click this article to see if you would like to sit beside me in the future co-working place.


One comment on “Good News for Arts Organizations: Co-working Saves Money and Leads to Creative, Thriving Communities.

  1. emkais
    September 19, 2014

    I love this idea of community work spaces. I think it’s a brilliant, communal option for the eclectic work-life style of the present. I lived in Denver prior to beginning graduate school here in DC and these spaces were popping up all over town, and I was a regular patron. However, in the 9 months since I’ve been in DC upon a recent Denver visit I’ve found a handful of them closing. Now, I’m not certain if it was over saturation, poor management or poor location, but I’m upset by the phenomenon. I think these types of places play a role in creative placemaking. DC and Arts-wise, I’ve been hoping to make a trip to the torpedo factory to see a creative communal space like this in action.

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