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Mission or Purpose:

     The Penna Assembly intends to be a membership based, artist-run co-operative that focuses on incubating cartoonists/comic-makers with additional emphasis on illustration and drawing. The facility will offer studio space to prospective and practicing cartoonists, comics artists, and illustrators which can be employed at their convenience. With their membership a member can also use the space for events to promote their new creation through release parties at the shop, selling their publication in our co-operative books section, holding an event to sell original work or other creative means to sell their work.  The overall purpose is to provide affordable studio and production space to passionate artists as well as a means to sell work easily and affordably.

The most important item to remember about this project is that it’s a unique model that all members can benefit from, it fosters the creation of art while sharing it’s fruition with the community. From this interaction, a healthy exchange of ideas and goods can be encouraged between communities and the artists that live in them.

The Location and Facility Specifics:

 Location yet to be decided, various options are currently available. Once sufficient funds are made available a location can be sought and leased.

Ideal facility properties:

  • 5 drawing tables (2’x3’ table space)
  • A large storage locker unit, around 30 lockers total
  • 5 drafting chairs
  • 5 bendable & clamping table lamps
  • 3 bookshelves to hold creator content such as comics, books, zines, music, etc..
  • Work/production table space (L-shaped 3.5’x2.5’x1.5’)
  • counter for sales and administration (2’x3’)
  • cash register
  • computers (for use in laying out pages and designing)
  • scanner (preferably 11”x17” or larger)
  • 2 long arm staplers
  • 24” Paper cutter
  • Square binding apparatus
  • Various measuring tools (T-square, triangle, tape measure, shape templates, etc..)
  • Black and white laser printer
  • Small screens for printing (10”x14” or 14”x17”)
  • Wash out area for screens.
  • Small drying rack
  • Flat storage cabinet
  • Materials and supplies for purchase (pencils, pens, ink, brushes, erasers, paper, paper cement, white-out, guache,etc..)

Memebership:

Rates:

Membership for the co-operative can be purchased in 4 different ways each having their own unique and price-effective benefits. They are as follows:

  1. A One-Year Membership:

·      $200/year

·      Access to studio space, available to reserve 5 days per week or 20 times per month, each in 8 hours or less time frames

·      1,920 total hours of studio time

·      Savings of $100

·      Ability to hold 2 events per month

·      Only 15% commission on items sold through the shop

  1. Student Membership, September – April Membership

·      $140/8 months

·      Access to studio space, available to reserve 4 days per week or 16 times per month, each in 6 hours or less time frames

·      768 total hours of studio time

·      Savings of $60

·      Ability to hold 1 event per month

·      20% commission on items sold through the shop

  1. Summer Membership, May-August Membership

·      $70/4 months

·      Access to studio space, available to reserve 4 days per week or 16 times per month, each in 6 hours or less time frames

·      384 total hours of studio time

·      Savings of $30

·      Ability to hold 1 event per month

·      20% commission on items sold through the shop

  1. A One-Month Membership:

·      $25/month

·      Access to studio space, available to reserve 3 days per week or 12 times per month, each in 6 hours or less time frames

·      72 total hours of studio time

·      No savings, standard rate

·      Ability to hold 1 event per month

·      25% commission on items sold through the shop

Scheduling for Studio Time:

Below are some main bullet points concerning the reservation of studio time

·      Scheduling time can be processed in one of 2 ways: 1.) by doing so on a physical sign-up sheet at the shop or by 2.) registering your time on an online calendar that would display available times and dates.

·      Members can only schedule time for which is allowed by their membership status

·      Members can only schedule for time that occurs within that month to ensure that everyone is afforded a fair opportunity at a convenient personal schedule

·      Since staffing of the space is dependent on the volunteer efforts of a few selected individuals, scheduling will be determinant on the availability of those individuals. However, accommodations and exceptions will always be considered and efforts to find staffing will be of high priority

·      The time periods in which the co-operative will be open will vary, but typically hours of operation will be between 9am and Midnight. In some cases, we can consider late night or early morning drawing sessions if a Member(s) requests it.

Start-Up Costs:

1st Month’s Rent & Security Deposit                      $1000

5 Drafting Tables                                                 $600

5 Drafting Chairs                                                 $300

Cash register                                                       $70

Storage Lockers (5, 6 tier units)                             $365

Scanner 11” x 17”                                                $160

Laptop Computer                                                            $1000

Flat File Storage Cabinet                                      $600

Lumber & Materials                                             $200

Front Desk & Chair                                             $100

Office Supplies                                                   $100

Clamp Desk Lamps                                             $75

2 Long-arm Staplers                                             $40

Paper Cutter                                                       $160

Liability Insurance (initial estimate cost)                  $100

Sales Tax Licensure and other documentation           $100    

1st Month’s Utilities                                             $200

Total:     $5,330

Projected Monthly Expense Budget:

Rent                                                                              $500

Phone/Internet                                                     $100

Electricity                                                                      $ 50

Gas                                                                   $ 75 (budget plan)

Misc. Supplies                                                    $ 25

TOTAL                                                            $750

x 12 = $9000 yearly

Projection of Income to Cover Expenses:

25 annual memberships                                        $5000

10 student memberships                                       $1400

10 summer memberships                                      $700

60 monthly memberships                                                  $1500

20%(avg.) of $2000 sales                                      $400

TOTAL                                                            $9000

Public Interaction:

 The front portion of the store will be sectioned off for the purpose of selling independently created goods that are either made by members of The Penna Assembly or from other local and national or international sources.

  The public is invited to view our facilities whenever the studio & store are open in addition to events that are held at the studio such as comic/zine release parties, art shows, musical performances, classes, workshops, readings and discussion groups.

  All sales made from purchases by the general public (except for the percentage of commission on the sale intended for the artist, between 85% - 75%) will go towards the fund of maintaining the studio & store, paying rent, utilities, insurance and costs incurred in general operations.

   Individuals wishing to sell their own publication or any other independently created merchandise, but do not hold membership to the studio can do so. However, the commission taken by the shop will be significantly higher at 40% and any merchandise, if not sold in 120 days will be returned to vendor.

Classes and Workshops:

   Classes & workshops can be organized by any member of The Penna Assembly during their stay at the artist co-operative. Inactive members (meaning that either their membership has expired or member fees are unpaid) cannot create or facilitate a class or workshop.

   Any requests to organize a workshop or teach a class must be written and submitted to the management of The Penna Assembly, which is then reviewed and considered. Confirming a class or workshop is dependent on factors like available time frames, availability of staff, feasibility, appropriateness, educational worth, etc..

   In most cases The Penna Assembly will not be able to fund any classes or workshops, except for small expenses like pens, paper, glue, etc. Any member teaching a class or workshop should understand the full ramifications of facilitating a teaching environment and therefore must be prepared for all responsibilities and expenses associated.

   The Penna Assembly strictly provides the space to use for teaching and cannot accept responsibility for any dissatisfaction from the public resulting from their experience in a class attended in the studio.

Release Parties:

   There will be a release party for Andromeda, Pittsburgh’s monthly comic anthology, at the end of every month. The studio space will consequently become the new production space for Andromeda as the anthology can obtain more contributors through the community of artists working inside and outside the studio. This event is open to the public.

   Release parties for a Member’s new publication can be held at any time during the month, as long as the date falls within their period of Membership. Members can choose to hold the event publicly or privately. The event cannot last longer than 4 hours and it will preferably be held it in the evening. The event is also dependent on available times and staff.

Responsibilities & Benefits of Management Staff:

            Benefits:

·      Free, Full-time Membership

·      Unfettered access to the studio anytime (you get keys!)

·      Authority to organize any events, classes, workshops, art shows, readings, musical performances,etc..

·      Only 10% of any sales in the shop will be deducted and contributed to funding the studio

·      Important decisions made in the studio will be discussed and voted on, just like in democracy. As a member of the management and co-ordinating staff, offering opinions and suggestions is integral to ensuring a comfortable environment for everyone.

·      Being apart of a project that not only benefits yourself and fellow artists, but also the community in which we live and the innovative spirit of independent creation.

Responsibilities:

·      Being available to staff the studio or shop whenever necessary and being punctual as access to the building depends on the presence management and coordination staff.

·      Committing at least 10 hours per week to staff the studio

·      Opening or closing the studio and performing tasks associated for ensuring the safety and security of the building

·      Providing advice and help for members whether while working on projects or in matters related to publishing, printing, marketing, general studio information, etc..

·      If working the front end/store of the building, staff are expected to be provide customer service, keep documentation of sales, check and re-stock inventory, order new items (if necessary), calculate sales for commissioned items and pay artists their portion, organize merchandise, make some signage for the store, tidy up, etc..

·      Attend meetings essential to the operations of the studio/store as needed

·      Promote The Penna Assembly through word of mouth, blogging, updating the website, creating print materials for events, interaction with other local businesses/organizations, etc..

·      Keeping the store/studio clean and organized

·      Reviewing the sign-up sheet and arranging staff schedules

·      Recruiting new members through interacting with colleges with art departments, arts & cultural institutions in the area, art supply stores and various other outlets in the community

·      Generally and realistically maintaining satisfaction and agreement amongst co-operative members

·      Resolving pressing issues as they arise, to the best of one’s abilities

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