Since October, 2006, my home base has been the Greene Street Artists’ Cooperative (GSAC), in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, PA. GSAC is the only artist-owned and operated live/work cooperative in Philadelphia. It was founded in 1989, with major support from the Pew Charitable Trusts, and other funders.
Housed in a 22,000 square foot former RCA factory building built in 1919, GSAC was renovated by the original resident artists in 1992 into 17 comfortable live/work studio lofts. GSAC as a community is self-managed and maintained, and operates under a sound fiscal policy. Each artist-member owns a share of the corporation, and lives and works in his or her individual unit within the building. Every member is an active participant in the management of the building.
Since becoming a member of GSAC in 2006, I have served on three of its four standing committees (Finance, Community Relations, and Membership & Policy Committees). I have served on the Board of Directors for three terms, as chair of the Community Relations Committee, and most recently as chair of the Membership & Policy Committee.
Twice each year, GSAC artists host an Open House event, inviting friends, family, and members of the public into our spaces. These events occur in October, as part of Philadelphia Open Studios Tour, and in April in conjunction with Earth Day.