I’m so glad you asked! In a nutshell:
Teams consisting of around five artists work [remotely, for now] on their own creative projects for a period lasting one month. This timeframe is to give artists a taste of Art Office, without having to sign up for anything long-term.
At the end of that period, they present their work in Public Space One’s virtual gallery. The public can track members’ progress on social media by following #ps1artoffice.
All participants attend regular Zoom meetings to present goals, milestones, and accomplishments, as well as to celebrate holidays and birthdays. Every Thursday from 12-2PM, member artists are invited to open their studios to the public via Facebook Live, to socialize, work silently, answer questions, or a combination of the three.
“Staff” is required to log their daily activities and fill out weekly time cards. “Payment” is issued in the form of bi-weekly “paychecks,” which may be exchanged for discounted cubicle rental in the future manifestation of a brick and mortar version of Art Office.
Members also take two mandatory calisthenics breaks every workday.
My role as Art Office’s GM is to keep up the facade! This includes, but is not limited to:
• Training new hires,
• Reviewing members’ progress,
• Keeping staff on task,
• Leading office meetings,
• Distributing paychecks, and
• Awarding merit badges.
This is a very new thing for me, especially the virtual aspect. I’m much more comfortable managing people in person. But that’s the world we live in now! Because the concept of Art Office is in its infancy, things will certainly change as it goes. My hope is that one day, it will be able to turn into a full-fledged, brick-and-mortar non-profit. We’ll see how it goes. If you have any suggestions, comments, recommendations, contacts, I would greatly appreciate you sending them to me! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org