Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Space for rent to artists, entrepreneurs from CultureWorks

by Natalie Kostelni
"CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia has leased 5,000 square feet of office space at the Philadelphia Building in Center City.

The space is similar though not exactly the same as what 3rd Ward is establishing in the Old Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia. The gist is providing a space where creative entrepreneurs and artists can do their work without the hassle of worrying about organizational details or rudimentary things such as copy paper and coffee for the kitchenette.

3rd Ward is a popular arts collective based in Brooklyn, N.Y., that has ventured down into Philadelphia and leased 27,000 square feet in a complex of three old buildings at 1227 N. 4th St. It bills its space as a “creative workshop for freelancers.” You can become a member of the collective and gain the ability to use the space. Old Kensington has become somewhat of an enclave for artists as developers have been buying old factory buildings and converting them into studio space for creative workers.

CultureWorks is similar.
Its space at the Philadelphia Building is designed to build “a vibrant, collaborative workspace that will boost creative efficiency and sustainability.” It will have traditional office space and its users, for a monthly membership fee, will have access to a range of support resources such as organizational financial planning and legal counseling as well as access to amenities such as WiFi, conference rooms, a kitchen and even a business address. The target audience include artists, small organizations, freelancers and entrepreneurs.

The co-working space opens in October and CultureWorks is seeking so-called founding members as “co-investors” in the space on three levels of membership that range from $45 a month to $350 a month. It was designed with the “generous assistance” of Metcalfe Architecture & Design and pro bono legal support from Cozen O’Connor."

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