Re: Cohousing for Artists [was Cohousing for Senior Artists - Request from CNN
From: Dick Margulis (
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:29:49 -0700 (PDT)
On 3/15/2017 7:47 PM, Emilie Parker wrote:

I'll keep this in mind though Sharon, because maybe I have a lesson to
learn about cohousing.

This has been an interesting discussion to watch as it unfolds. Couple of thoughts:

This week's New York Times Magazine features an article about an artist, ""; (unrelated to this discussion, but a fascinating article nonetheless) that contains this quote: “You don’t become a magician because ‘my grandfather bought me a magic kit.’ It’s because your parents fought and told you you were worthless. It’s because you were in circumstances so bad you needed to escape.”

I suspect that quote resonates with lots of artists.

Is a cohousing community a good place for an artist to live? Probably. I suspect many cohousing communities can be supportive environments for a few members who are artists, if those artists are also comfortable living among people whose devotion to art is less than theirs, and if they're willing to participate in the community to a reasonable degree.

What about the opposite polarity--a community of mostly artists that is a supportive environment for a few engineers and lawyers? Would that work? Or would the engineers and lawyers feel exploited and get burned out doing the bulk of the practical work?

But is a cohousing community made up of entirely of artists a viable, sustainable community? Maybe or maybe not. The pragmatic requirements may be too much of a distraction and time suck, depending on the individuals involved.

Dick Margulis
Rocky Corner cohousing, a 33-acre farm in Bethany, Connecticut.
Construction begins imminently, and we still have homes available.

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