Community Arts Trust

Community Arts Trust

by Gordon Thorne

 

COMMUNITY LAND TRUST OF THE SOUTHERN BERKSHIRES ANNUAL MEETING
FEBRUARY 2009, GREAT BARRINGTON, MA

 


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Gordon Thorne addressed the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires annual meeting with a talk on the concept of a "Community Arts Trust". Gordon describes his evolution as an artist, developer, and executive director of a non-profit as it relates to shaping and maintaining healthy and diverse communities. He believes that arts spaces should be a part of the commons in perpetuity and performing arts spaces be made accessible and affordable to artists in the community.

 

 

 

Gordon Thorne is a visual artist. He is the Director of Available Potential Enterprises (A.P.E.) which he founded in 1977 and the Open Field Foundation (OFF), created in 1996 to purchase and renovate Bramble Hill Farm. A.P.E. and OFF have at their core the shared mission of providing accessible and affordable space in the center of community for the imagination to create the images and the dreams which will become our sustainable future.

 

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