Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Cooperative Artist - The ARTrepreneur

If you are an artist and want to sell your products, what options do you have? While a storefront might be ideal, many artists cannot afford the expenses associated with it and/or lack some of the business skills necessary. An alternative that I encourage you to consider is an cooperative gallery. As explained by

The idea of an artists' cooperative is really very simple - a group of artists get together to divide expenses and chores so that they can exhibit and sell their work. They rent communal space; they volunteer their time and contribute to shared expenses. Their hope is that they will find a reliable place to exhibit work and that they will mutually benefit from being in the business of selling work in addition to creating it.

How do you get started? The first step is organizing a group of artists in your community, and then, like any other business venture, get started on figuring our the details of your business plan.

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