The Artist Co-op Announces Indiegogo Campaign and New Home in Midtown Manhattan

The Artist Co-op, coworking space for performing artists, uniting New York City's actors directors, dancers, playwrights, and more, with programs and services to support the performing arts community, is announcing its Indiegogo campaign and new home in Midtown Manhattan.


"While coworking spaces for startups and tech rise exponentially, the arts community has lagged behind this trend without access to these resources," says Rachel Berger, Founder of The Artist Co-op. "New York City is the cultural capital of the world. If we can create The Artist Co-op here, I believe it will spread into other major cities like Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Miami and Austin, where artists need community. Now more than ever, artists need to come together, build community, and create for the greater good."


Launching today, the Indiegogo campaign aims to raise $25,000 for the needs of this 2,000-square-foot space at 500 West 52nd Street, New York, NY. Perks for contributing include coworking passes, sponsorships, performance tickets, specialized dinners, VIP launch-party passes, and more.


The Artist Co-op will Offer Amenities for the Modern Performer:

  • Shared coworking space
  • Rehearsal space
  • Business amenities (mailbox, lockers, printer & fax)
  • Member services (industry networking, education programming & community events)
  • Incubator performances (new plays & musicals)
  • Library (scripts & props)


"In the performing arts world, we often feel like we are in solitude, making our work and trying to be heard," says Berger. "There is a strong need for a physical, tangible space where we can connect. I am very excited that Clinton Housing Development Company is letting us test the market for performing arts coworking space."


Visit The Artist Co-op Indiegogo page: https://igg.me/at/theartistco-op to learn more about, or support, the dynamic vision for this community.


In June 2016, The Artist Co-op hosted a Pop-up at the Center for Social Innovation NYC, piloting the initiative. The Pop-up was made possible by the Center for Social Innovation, Distinct, Color Reflections Dynamic Digital Imaging, Word Bookstores, Think Coffee, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Insomnia Cookies, dopper, Kelvin Natural Slush Co., and Runa. Artists and companies included: Farm Theatre Company, Raul Castillo, Marin Ireland, Florencia Lozano, Courtney Romano, NY Deaf Theatre, Girl Be Heard, Fire This Time, Lauren Whitehead, Diana Oh, Anna/Kate Band, FGP, Musical Theater Factory, The Bats, Theatre in Asylum, Poetic Theater Productions, THE HANG / Laura Sisskin, DISTINCT, Audition Hero, The Artist Financial Support Group, Bookster, Forge, Script Match, Audition Answer, Abbott, Broadway Babysitters, Theatre Galleria.


Advisers include Marissa Feinberg, David Gise, Ron Black, Good Counsel (Elizabeth David-Dembrowsky), IndieSpace (Erez Ziv, Paul Leibowitz and Randi Berry.) Since the pop-up, recent production collaborators include Giant Spark, Caitie McCabe Photography and Scott Fetterman. The fiscal sponsor of The Artist Co-op is Fractured Atlas.


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The Artist Co-op, coworking space for performing artists, uniting New York City's actors directors, dancers, playwrights, and more, with programs and services to support the performing arts community. The Artist Co-op's new home is at 500 West 52nd Street, New York, NY, a property managed by Clinton Housing Development Company. Visit The Artist Co-op Indiegogo page to learn more about the dynamic vision for this community. All are welcome to tour The Artist Co-op - email rachel@theartistco-op.com for an appointment.

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