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Advice on community studio fees


#1

A small, non-profit arts center here in upstate New York offers
introductory and intermediary jewelry classes, and several of us
students are asking them to offer a 3-hour Sunday afternoon informal
studio time year round, for a fee, of course. Extra studio time is
already offered to enrolled students, but many of us have finished
the courses and need a place to work and share ideas year round-like
a community studio concept. We are generally hobbyists who don’t
have the space or funds to set up our own benches at home, and prefer
the camaraderie of working together. We would be making individual
pieces, not doing production work. The studio is decently equipped
and can accommodate about 10 individuals. An advanced student would
be deputized to monitor safety (their fee would be waived in
exchange).

The arts center is interested and we are discussing proposed fees
and other details. We’re trying to keep it simple as far as
paperwork, so a single fee for the afternoon session seems more
practical. Any suggestions on fee structure from others who may be
doing something similar? Any additional advice on how to run this,
or useful websites to visit?

Thanks, and I really appreciate all the wonderful ideas and spirit
of sharing on Orchid.

Debra Hamilton, a middle-aged but enthusiastic newcomer to
jewelry-making


#2

Check out http://www.metalwerx.com. They have “Studio Saturdays,”
“Studio Weekends,” and rent studio time by the hour. They also have
rent benches. The artisan rents the bench (I think it’s a one year
lease) and about a 5’x5’ space on which the bench sits and gets the
"keys to the palace."

Christine in Littleton, Massachusetts


#3

The community arts center here (Irvine, CA) has Jewelry Open Studio
time and charges these fees: Per Hour: $8 (city resident)/$10
(non-resident)

5 use punch card:  $45/$35
10 use punch card  $79/65

When you register as a student in one of the jewelry classes, you
receive a 5 use punch card.

The studio is open various hours - you can call for a schedule and
it “staffed” by volunteers. It seems to work very well. Hope this
helps.

Allison Vezeau


#4
     The community arts center here (Irvine, CA) has Jewelry Open
Studio time and charges these fees: Per Hour:  $8 (city
resident)/$10 (non-resident) 5 use punch card:  $45/$35 10 use
punch card  $79/65 

This seems much lower than prices I’ve seen in the Chicago area at
art centers and the no-longer-in-business private business that
rented bench space.

Elaine Luther
Chicago area, Illinois, USA
Certified PMC Instructor
@E_Luther


#5

Hi All -

The community studio in Oakland charges $2/hr, in blocks of <i
forget how many non-refundable hours. Keep in mind that this is a
City of Oakland facility, though, and is somewhat run down -
although the metalwork studio has a good set up. The building is a
converted orphanage from earlier times. The city has just floated a
bond or something to allow the facility to be retrofitted for
earthquake safety (its unreinforced brick) and I wouldn’t be
surprised if they raised the rates.

Ivy -