CultureWorks is a management commons for the arts, heritage, and creative community. We are a platform for sharing the human capital, space, technology, systems, policies, and practices that cultural practices need to flourish, whether as an individual or as an organization.
We support individual artists, curators, and producers in all fields including music, dance, theatre, visual arts, design, architecture, film and other media (as well as disciplines and hybrids yet-to-be-named). The history and heritage community also is welcome under our tent: museums, historic sites, collections, libraries, journalism, and the humanities, making us one of the most multi-disciplinary organizations in the region.
CultureWorks’ business model is cooperative, meaning that we do not have to compete (in perception or reality) with our members for ongoing charitable support. We raise philanthropic funds only for capital investment in the development of our programs or services, not ongoing operations. Each our members spend a portion of their revenues on the “share” of supporting resources they need.
We believe there is safety in numbers. The more individuals and organizations in our commons, the stronger it becomes and the more we can invest in new services. Our four programs—Cowork, Copilot, Trust, and Venture (the latter in development)—all financially sustain themselves individually and backstop each other against unexpected bumps in the road. Sharing resources internally across our programs and within our membership also allows us to provide holistic support at affordable and sustainable rates.
We were established in 2010 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our affiliate, CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia, through which we offer our general administration services, was declared as a 501(c)(3) Pennsylvania trust in 2013.
CultureWorks reaches communities throughout the Philadelphia and tri-state region, including southern New Jersey, Delaware, and southeastern Pennsylvania. If you can get to us (or we to you) for a meeting within an hour or so, we can have a relationship. Unlike many technology-based companies today, the value we offer is not delivered online or at arm’s length. We believe that problems are best solved locally, face-to-face, by people with a thirst for solutions, boundless imagination, and deep knowledge of the landscape.
CultureWorks is a management commons for the arts, heritage, and creative community. We are a platform for sharing the human capital, space, technology, systems, policies, and practices that cultural practices need to flourish, whether as an…