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YOU ARE INVITED!!! ..to the Community Print Center for a Thursday Evening Get Together

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  • Steve Robison
    THE COMMUNITY PRINT CENTER - 1777 California Drive, Studio #10, Burlingame, CA 94010   To:  All Community Printers, supporters, ...and those who would like
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 10, 2013

      THE COMMUNITY PRINT CENTER - 1777 California Drive, Studio #10, Burlingame, CA 94010
      To:  All Community Printers, supporters, ...and those who would like to be...
                  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 see happen. 
      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 right now......
      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 allows.

      - 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 or 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 year         
      - 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
      Best wishes,
      Steve Robison,
      founding member, Community Print Center

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