As an artist, I’m always interested in cooperative studios and live/work spaces for artists, and there are some good ones in the Monterey Bay Area. Here are three:
About Open Ground Studios:
“The Mission of Open Ground Studios is to provide a dedicated, inspiring and sustainable visual arts workspace for a community of creative adults. A place where early to mid-career artists can work, gather, learn and teach in a well-equipped, safe, cooperative and supportive environment.
Denese Sanders, the founder of Open Ground Studios, is a visual artist whose fine art revolves around drawing, printmaking and book arts. In 2003 she relocated to the Monterey Peninsula from Minnesota where she owned and operated Below the Surface Printmakers Atelier; a professional printmaking studio specializing in intaglio, relief and planar techniques. She teaches studio art classes at MPC in drawing, printmaking, book arts, and design. Since living in Monterey, Sanders has worked in program management, design, studio creation and community building as an independent consultant and with Arts Habitat. Sanders holds a Masters of Fine Art Degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.”
“YAC is a nonprofit, after school art studio and mentorship program for high school and college artists – brilliant and struggling, confident and fringe, multi-ethnic, multi-tempered, and over 40% financially challenged. They learn art, job, and life skills, and gain a healthy dose of self-esteem and gratitude along the way. YACsters learn to believe in themselves, take creative risk, and give back. 100% graduate from high school. 95% of YACsters go on to university, college, and art college – many on scholarships.
YAC is an incubator for some of our community’s future creatives, whether they end up in the arts, education, business, or science. YAC provides supplies, studio space, art training, exhibition and commission opportunities, individual mentoring, and a community unlike any other. We’re open 4 hours a day, 6 days a week, year round.”
About the Tannery Arts Center:
The Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz provides, not only low-cost live-work loft space for artists, performers, and writers, but also multiple gallery and classroom spaces, a print shop, a dance studio, performing arts center, coffee house, and local literary arts magazine.
“The Tannery Arts Center is dedicated to providing an affordable, accessible and sustainable home for Santa Cruz County artists and arts, cultural, education and heritage organizations so that all offerings on this historically significant campus may be enjoyed by residents, visitors and the general public.”
If you know of any other cooperative artists’ work spaces in the Monterey Bay area, please let me know, and I’ll post the information on LocalNomad.