The Holyoke Creative Arts Center has expanded its programming to a second location just down the street from its primary Dwight Street facility. Located on the first floor at 62 Main Street, HCAC has opened a cooperative Print Shop to hold classes and to run as a shared collaborative workspace for community use. Made possible by the Massachusetts Cultural Councils’ Adams Arts Grant, which encourages arts organizations to create economic engines, the Print Shop is the latest project of HCAC’s four-year running creative economy initiative, the ARTery, which is dedicated to providing development resources to Western Mass artists and entrepreneurs.
The Print Shop makes available wide-format and thermal printers, vinyl cutters, high-definition photo printers, 3D printers and scanners, copy machines, and a variety of finishing, mounting and office equipment. Members can produce signs, posters, flyers, banners, stickers, t-shirts, photographs, and much more.
An official grand opening is slated for the summer; currently the shop is in a beta test phase. We are signing up pilot members, and we have started to offer small certification classes and workshops for those who cannot wait and are willing to put up with a shop in flux. (A current creative business sharing the space is moving to a new location later this spring). Pilot members are assisting in drafting policies and procedures while HCAC tests the equipment, figures out suppliers, and waits for the entire space to become available.
The Print Shop cooperative is not only a cost-saving method and support mechanism for artists, crafters and entrepreneurs, but helps HCAC save on its own marketing expenses as it generates much needed revenue for the entire organization. Another exciting development has been local businesses and regional cultural organizations registering as HCAC Members in order to use the new facility.
If you are interested in learning more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up below.
- PRINT SHOP INTRO – THURSDAYS, MARCH 16 – APRIL 20 | 6pm-8:30pm
- INTRO TO PRINT SHOP WORKSHOP – SATURDAY, MARCH 25 | 1pm-3pm
- INTRO TO PRINT SHOP WORKSHOP – SATURDAY, APRIL 8 | 1pm-3pm