ASPCO offers four tiers of membership: Associate Members, Artist Members, Power Users and Project Members.
Power Users and Artist members make up the highest tiers, with the most rights and responsibilities, and typically are Members who use the Co-op facilities the most. Associate Members have fewer responsibilities and typically use the facilities less. Project Members access the facilities on a periodic basis.
ASPCO can be a stepping stone for members growing their businesses, in some cases on their way to their own screenprinting studio and shops. Our shop is full of a diverse range of screenprinters, business owners, and artists. When screenprinting becomes your full time time job and you find yourself printing in the studio every day or many days in the week, we know that’s when to spread your wings and fly into a shop of your own. We are so proud that we’ve had many members who started at ASPCO and went on to grow as a successful business elsewhere. The founders of Kong Screenprinting studio are founding members of ASPCO in fact!
We will recommend a level of membership upon your joining. If you join as an Artist Member for example, and your hours routinely exceed 20 hours a week, we will have a discussion about you making a decision to cut back on your hours or to move up to a Power User. The majority of our members print on average 20-25 hours a month.
It is important to understand that ASPCO is a co-op. We are owned and operated by our members – that means we are 100% volunteer run and have no employees. Being a member of our co-op is a special opportunity to screen print along with other screen printers, but it does require a level of commitment. Power Users and Artist Members are expected to serve on a committee. Associate Members and Project Members are encouraged to serve on a committee, with the only requirement being they attend quarterly clean-up days. Please fully read the Benefits & Requirements of Membership in our Membership Agreement.
ASPCO membership is capped at total of 33 members in order to insure ample use of facilities by its current members. In the event our membership is at capacity, applicants will be put on a waiting list and notified when a space becomes potentially available.