Help Us Launch an Artist Co-Op!!

$543 of $20,000 goal

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Art is consumed insatiably by society: from music and literature, visual arts and graphic design, to multimedia and performing arts, our practices fuel innovation, spur cultural rebirth and give purpose to life. Yet, the artistic community struggles to thrive. “The Starving Artist,” a term familiar to us all, represents the challenges we face as artists while pursuing our passions and bringing our creativity to market. The time and effort needed to master our process often comes with disadvantages, as the business side of art is seen as secondary to bringing our visions to life. A lack of traditional business skills has led to lack of ownership for artists’ creative capital and has encouraged an environment built on exploitation. Viewed as a commodity, society has outsourced our services, undervalued our talents and disinvested our impact away from our communities.

Photo: Mural by Corban Cold Lundborg, furniture by CL Co-founder Michael Metcalf. 

The time has come for artists to unite and secure our future. Collectively, we can create an unstoppable force that sets new industry standards and develops an inclusive model to advance our fellow creatives.

To start this, the Creative Labs and Section1 will be restructuring its business model to that of a Freelance Artists Co-Op. The organization will take the form of a Benefit Corporation, and serve to advance our artist members via;

1) Development of freelance agency representation and backend business support.
2) Promotion of member services through an online marketplace
3) Access to creative coworking and production studios ( www.createbmore.com )
4) Democratic representation through self organized artists guilds.
5) Exclusive access to co-op owned investment opportunities.

(Artist memberships will be available to any self-identified artists, patronage memberships open to all. )
Photo: Furniture and set for RedBull Amaphiko Academy designed by resident artists of Creative Labs.

While we dream big, we must start small. Our next step in these goals is setting up the new legal structure, crafting our Bylaws, and appointing a interim board of directors.

Pledge your interest in joining our Co-Op by contributing $5 and sharing this campaign!

Among our many obstacles in moving forward are cultivating adequate funding to ensure our mission stays on focus, while also maintaining operations. We need your help to do this! The Creative Labs is currently offering multiple membership packages. In addition to the benefits listed here, it is our intention to retroactively credit all Artist/Patron Members with any additional benefits set forth in the new Bylaws, including but not limited to, Membership Shares.

Help us reach our goal of 100 members by Feburary 3rd, 2018! 

Your contribution is a vote YES!

Be Bold. Make Moves. Sign Up Today!

Video: Highlight of Creative Labs summer showcase.  

Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to us at creativelabsbmore[at]gmail[dot]com
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$543 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 10 months
Co-Op Pledge
Pledge your interest in joining our Co-Op, either as an Artist or Patron, by contributing $5 and sharing this campaign! Your contribution is a vote YES!
Event Patron
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Seeing is believing. Contribute $10+ and come see what we are all about with 1 free admission to our Resident Artists Winter Showcase on February 3rd. Boom!
Paper Patron
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Receive a personalized thank you letter by resident paper maker Marcella Volini. Plus an invite to our Resident Artists Winter Showcase on February 3rd!
Trial Member
You pick the artist and we will give them access to the Creative Labs for one month, plus 2 tickets to our Winter Showcase on February 3rd! (18+)
Wired UP
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Receive a personalized ‘Thank You’ wire sculpture, from legendary resident street artist, ReedBmore!
Drop Mad Beats
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Receive a 30sec rap video by resident artists collective Dope Music Village or Euolgy, personally thanking you for your patronage!
Art Monkey
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Sponsor an illustrator for a year and receive a custom hand sketched portrait by legendary artist Will Shanklin, Harrison Crawford, or Jeene Harrison!
Health Arts
Help keep our artist healthy! Members will receive access to a minimum of one class a week in our Health Arts Studio. (yoga, aerials, dance) [Starting March]
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Sponsor a model for a year and we will put you in locally designed clothing, do your hair and makeup, and have you walk in our fashion show on February 3rd. ;)
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Sponsor an UpCycled Artist for a year and receive a painting or sculpture made from found objects, from our Co-Founder Michael Metcalf! Epic Huh!
$1 a Day Patron
Support an artists membership for a year! You pick the artists, or we will recommend one to you! Patron’s will receive a quarterly art package. (18+)
Become an Affiliate Patron Organization and gain access to our creative roster. We only work within our network. Show your support and gain consideration.
Starving Artist
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Contribute $25K & we will build a soup kitchen, name it after you, and feed you and all of our artist members once a week! Problem Solved! Mic Drop.
BCorp Fellow
Help us source the most amazing Studio Manager in the City. We are thinking a Baltimore Corp Fellow! #visonarycauseleader
Exec. Producer
Think we have what it takes to spur a renaissance? We do! Become a Co-Op partner, help cover our bills for an entire year, and let's talk!
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