At Studio Two Three, we are in the business of helping people find that thing they love and make it. We are in the business of connecting artists to communities, artists to each other, and people to their power to express themselves as makers, individuals and advocates. We are in the nonprofit business of making sure that our funds, our activities and our programs make our community and our city a better place every single day. We provide artists with low-cost, 24/7 studio access, classes for all levels of learners, field trips for students, a shop featuring art made exclusively by local artists, and a mobile print truck that brings artmaking to communities throughout Central Virginia.
We host arts events for the wider community and participate in off-site events with our print truck, S23 To-Go. Off-site events include RVA Maker Fest, the Richmond Folk Festival, 1708’s InLight, Art 180s Johnny Z Fest, South of the James Farmers Market and Festival of the River. Free and low cost on-site monthly events, including Figure Drawing, Sip N’ Stitch and Ladies Drawing Night, build community and encourage creative collaboration In 2019 we are launching the Richmond Book Art Fair, funded by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Field Trips, Team Building & Custom Events
We offer field trips both on-site and with S23 To-Go, our mobile printmaking studio. We work with schools as well as other nonprofits to teach students that they can use the power of printmaking to advocate for their causes and showcase their skills.
Studio Two Three Store & Vendor Markets
Everything in our store is designed and printed in-house by staff, interns and freelance artists. We feature work by a rotating cast of talented local artists, providing an ongoing source of revenue for working artists. In 2018, Store sales totaled $57,000 and artists sold $81,000 of work in our store and vendor markets.
No other organization in Virginia gives artists the autonomy to work 24/7, with such an abundance of equipment, materials and resources and a robust creative community. Our facility is home to 31 private studios, a communal print shop, reference library, digital lab, event space, conference space and darkroom. We enable artists and creative entrepreneurs to build their careers: Members have 24/7 access to the studio. We have facilities for etching, relief, lithography, and screen printing, digital printing, and a black and white darkroom. Members have access to all printmaking equipment, conference and lounge spaces, a kitchenette, wireless internet, darkroom, and a community of fellow artists and craftspeople.
Classes, Business for Creatives & .Spark Studio
Our hands-on classes are affordable and welcoming to learners of all levels. Topics range from screen printing and bookmaking to photography and textiles. Instructors are established artists who bring their knowledge, expertise, and innovative approaches to the classroom. Business for Creatives workshops include quarterly seminars and monthly classes, offered in partnership with CultureWorks. Business for Creatives seeks to break down silos between creative production and business skills. Spark Studio seminars, offered in partnership with The Spark Mill, provide a high level overview of the key areas of nonprofit management for an audience of nonprofit employees, volunteers, and board members.
Interns learn critical hands-on experience and resume-building skills by working in all aspects of S23’s operations, including event planning, educational programming, fundraising and community outreach. Our internships develop artistic and administrative skills in the next generation of Richmond artists.
We offer arts education through affordable classes, seminars, and field trips. Our classes address two vital needs in Richmond: first, they provide affordable opportunities for professional artists to develop skills; and second, they fill growing demand from Richmond community learners for opportunities to engage in “participatory arts activities in social settings” Our faculty is comprised of established artists who bring their expertise to the classroom. Topics range from Super 8mm filmmaking and photolithography, to digital image preparation and darkroom photography, to intaglio and experimental screen printing. We regularly offer workshops with community partners, including The Martin Agency, The Spark Mill, United Methodist Family Services, Sabot at Stony Point, ACE Homeschool, and Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond public schools. We serve over 750 adult students a year and more than 2,000 children through field trips and S23 To-Go.
Internships: Our internships develop the young artists’ artistic and administrative skills. Offered in partnership with area universities, the program is thriving, having grown over 400% since its inception. Interns gain experience in all aspects of operations, including exhibitions, event planning, educational programs, fundraising, community outreach, and nonprofit administration. Interns are a vital component of our operations, as we only have one full-time staff person. Our interns express “feeling valued” and “truly contributing” to the continued success and rapid growth of S23; they are consistently challenged, consistently educated, and consistently busy. Many interns go on to teach, become S23 artist residents, and pursue careers in the arts. Our former interns are now enrolled in internships at MOMA PS1, Printed Matter, MASS MoCA, 1708 Gallery, the VMFA, and The Valentine.