Re: participation in decision making
From: John Beutler (
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 06:04:19 -0800 (PST)
That sounds fine!


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> On Jan 8, 2015, at 12:25 PM, Emilie Parker <emilie.v.parker [at]> 
> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 8:10 AM, John Beutler <jabeutler [at]> 
> wrote:
> Non-profit? Not sure how that supports development of a property.
> ​Hi John,
> I'm following the topic closely about consensus and blocking.  Our group is
> not at that point.
> Thanks John, for asking the question.  I'd like to see what people think.
> The non-profit will not support the actual homes or common house areas.
> Since we are all artists in addition to cohousing, we are building a
> separate shared studio building to set up artist studios, music practice,
> art-making equipment and to work cooperatively in on art works -- including
> a gallery.
> Our sustainability model for the studios is that we will allow cohousing
> artists and local community artists to be members of the shared studios for
> a small fee.  Even though they may not be living in cohousing they will
> come in to use the studios and be trusted studio members and have a key and
> 24/7 access to that building.  Local artists membership fees will pay for
> the overhead and management of our shared studios, with a gallery and art
> education/performing arts center.  The art center is already a successful
> non-profit partner and a legal relationship with them has not been
> crafted.  For now we're legally 100% separate from the art center but their
> director is on our new board.
> Our plan is that the studios will be run as a non-profit and we haven't yet
> figured out exactly how the governance of that dovetails with our cohousing
> governance  Our flegling board for Synergy Arts just met for the first time
> this week, so even though the sun is shining, we are knee deep in slush.
> At the Boulder cohousing conference this year they highlighted a cohousing
> community that runs a tree farm but I don't have contact info for them.
> I'd like to collaborate.  If I remember correctly several members run it
> and hire cohousing members to keep funds in the community and cover some
> expenses.
> We currently have an LLC that we started a year ago and that's our legal
> entity for creating our cohousing community for now.  We started the
> non-profit in addition because we wanted to have an option of offering
> financial participation in the shared art studios to local donors and
> philanthropists to enable their participation in the development of the
> studios.   Shared art studios will be a community service for local artists
> and others will want to be part of supporting that.  Shared studios is part
> of our plan to incorporate a new-urbanism model with cohousing.
> And the property we are going to build on is zoned commercial and has to be
> rezoned for live/work and commercial so that's a big push right now --
> getting that all figured out, timed out, negotiated out and paid and
> planned for.  It's a bunch of puzzle pieces.
> We have 43 artists and they all want to know if they can afford it and what
> the homes will look like but we're not there yet.
> Thanks for asking,
> Emilie
> Louisville Artists Cohousing, LLC
> Synergy Arts Creative Community, Louisville, CO
> -----------------
> Emilie Parker
> emilie.v.parker [at]
> 303-317-4558 main
> 240-350-8533 cell
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