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10 Most Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is CTS Co-op?
CTS Co-op is a group of Toronto based textile artists, craftspersons and designers who work, teach, learn, interact and innovate with other designers and artists, and the community, through our fully equipped 1100 square foot Studio at 401 Richmond Street.

CTS is incorporated as a not for profit co-operative and currently operates as a voluntary association without core staff.

2. How do I become a Studio member?
Membership in the Co-op is open from time to time. Notice of membership openings are promoted through our mailing list, as well as through Craft Alert, Akimbo and other local promotional web sites and lists.

CTS members are emerging or mature artists and designers who have a passion for textile arts, design and/or craft. CTS' vision includes a commitment to the development and ongoing exploration of clean, safe, sustainable and fair trade textile practices. We are seeking members who are willing to contribute to this vision.

3. What does it mean to be a Co-op Member?
Co-op members share the ownership and direction of the co-op as well as having full 24/7 access to the space and equipment for production of their work and for occasional teaching. The Co-op is governed by a board of directors and maintains several committees including: Communications, Facilities and Environment, Programming, and Membership.

To be a member requires a contractual commitmentof at least one year, a one time membership fee of $50, monthly Studio charges of $300 (2008), and active involvement in at least one co-op committee and/or the board.

4. Are there different categories of membership?
Full members are responsible and liable for the operation of the Studio.

Textile artists and enthusiasts are also welcome to join our extended Studio community by becoming Associates. Individual and Institutional Associates support our vision, receive regular Studio communications, and have access to our Supplier Discount Program.

Associate fees (2008) are $50 for individuals and $150 for Institutions.

5. What is the CTS Supplier Discount Program?
Our Supplier Discount program provides discounts and other cost-saving opportunities through a number of key suppliers related to textile arts and craft in Toronto. The Discount program isavailable as of Fall 2008 to full members and Associates only.

6. Can I rent the Studio part time?
At present the Co-op does not offer part time Studio rentals. However, several of our members offer studio classes where artists and designers can access the Studio to develop their own work using the facilities under supervision.

7. How else can I be involved if not as a member?
Consider becoming an Associate, a donor, and/or participating in our workshops, textile talks, and other special events.

8. How can I support the work of the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative?
The Co-op welcomes donations to support our vision, help us develop our programming, and enable us to reach out more actively to the larger community. Although we are non-profit, we are not a registered charity and cannot issue tax receipts.

We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Co-operative Association, The Co-operators Group, and several individual (anonymous) donors.

9. What is a co-op?
A co-operative is an enterprise that is owned and democratically controlled by the members who use its services. Co-operatives tend to follow a set of values and principles that are applied world-wide. Co-op values include: self help, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity and are defined in the international Statement on the Co-operative Identity.

Co-ops can provide virtually any product or service, and can be either non-profit or for-profit enterprises. There are more than 1900 co-ops and credit unions in Ontario alone with over 2.3 million members! CTS Co-op is organized as a not for profit, service co-operative.

10. How can I stay up to date on CTS events and classes?
Visit our website regularly for information about new programming, classes, guest artists talks and workshops.