THE COMMUNITY PRINT CENTER - 1777 California Drive, Studio
#10, Burlingame, CA 94010
To: All Community
Printers, supporters, ...and those who would like to be...
YOU'RE INVITED TO A THURSDAY GET TOGETHER TOMORROW
THURSDAY, APRIL 11TH from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
at the Community Print Center,
Studio #10, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame 94010, about 15 miles south of San Francisco
I know this is short notice, so if you can't make
it to this get together, there will be Thursday evening get togethers for the
next 3 weeks after that, and you are invited to attend those too !!!
Thanks so much for your interest in the new "Community Print
Center" at the Peninsula
Artists Institute studios at the new Peninsula Museum of Art !!!
You are receiving this email as an invitation, either
because you left your name with me at the Grand Opening several weeks ago, or
you were referred by a friend as someone who might be interested, or you are on a printing and book arts related list and might be interested or might
know someone who is...
For the next four Thursday evenings, beginning this Thursday
April 11th and then again on Thursday April 18, Thursday April 25 and
Thursday May 2, we will be holding weekly open-house get-togethers from 6:30
pm to 8:30 pm at the Community Print Center.
The studio will be open for any and all interested folks,
and during those times we will be developing and fine tuning how the
collaborative will work, and sharing our goals and visions of what we want to
Then on Saturday May 4, there will also be the Peninsula Art
Institute "Open Studios Day" where the "Community Print
Center" studio will
also be open to the general public.
So let me tell you a little more about what's going on with the Community Print Center
Community Print is a collective and collaborative effort of
those interested, so we'll be growing as a group and making group decisions
about how we want to develop, what classes will be offered, what the benefits
and responsibilities of membership will be, etc.
By the end of this month, if
there is enough commitment by a large enough group to keep things going, participation
will continue to be collaborative in developing the center and we'll move to
outfit the shop with all the necessary equipment and supplies that are needed
to start printing and instruction.
The rough concepts so far are:
- Our goal will be to provide a clean well lighted and fully
equipped place to learn and do letterpress printing and related book arts in a
supportive learning community.
- It will have a complete letterpress shop with a broad selection of type,
several platen and cylinder presses, a large paper cutter, and all the related
tools and supplies necessary for printing. I personally will be able to supply
all the equipment and start-up supplies needed to get things up and running,
and we can add or replace equipment as needed as we go along and as our budget
- It will be educationally centered, with beginning and advanced classes
offered in printing related arts.
- It will operate sort of like a "TechShop for the printing arts" or
a "24 hour Fitness
Center" for printing
and printing related education." In
other words, members will be able to access the center at any time 24/7 whenever
they want to work on their individual projects, and will have access to all the
equipment they will need.
- We will have a free introductory class for all new members covering the
basics of letterpress printing and the use and safety requirements of all of
the print center equipment.
- The Print Center
will be membership based, with members having input into how things will run.
- There be an annual membership
of $50 per year per person that will help cover our basic operating costs
as an organization.
- Members will then be eligible
to have studio time in the community print center at very low rates based on
various intervals of usage, such as weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually
- Our goal is to keep rates
low, while being able to cover our basic expenses such as rent, insurance,
equipment, equipment maintenance, supplies, and other operating costs.
- Rates are still to be
determined depending on how many members we have and how each member utilizes
the space... but possibly some sort of use fee schedule like the following will
be developed, offering deep discounts for longer term commitments:
$ 25 for 1 week
$ 50 for 1 month
$ 100 for 3 months
$ 150 for 6 months
$ 200 for 1
- Members will then be able to
use the center at any time day or night during their interval of usage, with
access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a keypad code entry system, subject to
times reserved for classes and for reservations for high demand presses and
equipment. However, the goal is to have most of the space available at
any time of the day or night for all design and composition work.
- Paid members who use the
print center will then form a governing group to develop operating guidelines
and decide as a group how the collaborative will continue to operate.
- By May 4th, if interest is
sufficient to sustain the print center, we will consider moving to establish
the organization as a 501 (3) c not-for -profit organization to continue its
educational mission and be eligible for further sustaining donations of money, equipment
and supplies as tax deductible donations.
Hope this helps explain the
concept, and I hope to see you on April 11th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm for our
first organizational get together....or if you can't make it this Thursday, be
sure and come to one of the following Thursday events.
If you have any questions
before then, feel free to email me at
founding member, Community