By James Chute Sept. 6, 2015
The way artist Lynn Susholtz sees it, she’s been “nonprofiting” for years. ■ Her North Park enterprise, Art Produce, has partnered with numerous community groups. She’s hosted art exhibits, performances, workshops, community forums, even fundraisers for other organizations in her quest to be a cultural force and an educational resource for the community.
She’s finally decided she might as well officially make Art Produce a nonprofit.
“You know when this really dawned on me? Last May (2014),” she said. “It was a busy month, and we were having our fourth fundraiser for other nonprofit organizations in the garden. And it kind of hit me like a ton of bricks: We should be doing a fundraiser for Art Produce.
“We’ll always support the community, other cultural institutions and individual artists, but at some point, we need to figure out a way to subsidize it that’s not out of our own pockets.”
While Susholtz’s art/design endeavor Stone Paper Scissors will continue as a for-profit business, she’s filed papers with the state for Art Produce to take over the nonprofit status of the inactive Green Scene Gallery, started by North Park architects Zagrodnik + Thomas. She’s assembling a board of directors, writing new bylaws, developing an organizational structure and creating what she hopes will be a model for private/public — or for-profit/nonprofit — cooperation.
“I’ve kind of taken this idea about as far as I can by myself,” she said. “I realize I don’t have the capacity to increase the programming here, and develop and sustain the partnerships by myself anymore. And the funding has to diversify. So I’m very excited about the possibilities.”