I was at a civic leadership gathering yesterday that focused on issues of community. A couple of things mentioned got me trying to connect ideas I’ve not thought of as being interconnected and trying to imagine how they might play out in support of smaller arts organizations. Since these are just percolating ideas – or really questions – bear with me.
Cooperatives, as a business model, have been around for over 150 years. Here in the Northwest we have a nurtured a number of interesting cooperatives including the hugely successful REI, Group Health (one of the first health care cooperatives), as well as a strong array of food co-ops, some apartments that use that structure, and a smattering of artists’ co-ops including the stalwart Soil Gallery. Read the rest of this entry »