Artist Cooperatives

Artist CooperativesWhat exactly is an artist cooperative? It's an autonomous arts organization, enterprise, or association jointly-owned and democratically-controlled by its members.

Artist cooperatives are legal entities that typically provide professional facilities and services for its artist members, which may include studio space, workshops, equipment, exhibition galleries, and educational resources. Depending upon the legal structure, all economic and non-economic benefits and liabilities of the cooperative are shared equally among its stakeholders. Cooperative members elect their governing board from within the membership, though patrons are often asked to serve.

The primary purpose of these organizations is to promote and sell the artworks of the stakeholders.

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