Studio Two Three’s (S23) mission is to make art work through Studio Access, Education, and Exhibitions.
We are Central Virginia’s only arts incubator. We feature studio facilities, classes and workshops, artist residency, and open doors. We provide 24/7 access to presses, darkroom, digital lab, communal workspace, and individual studios to support production, creative practice, and discourse. We are professionals, amateurs, teachers and students. S23 is a place where Richmond is making its creative community and its future.
At Studio Two Three, ideas become projects, and individuals become catalysts for and participants in our creative economy. In our communal workspaces, private studios, darkroom, digital lab, classes, internships, gatherings, speaking programs, film nights, parties, and casual talk, we become the people who make Richmond a dynamic, inventive city. S23 is an energizing incubator for the current generation and the next, keeping our creative community robust and evolving, producing the goods and services that move through our city’s galleries, schools, festivals, homes, and life.
WHY ARE WE A NONPROFIT?
S23 is an arts-incubator, a career-builder, an economic driver, a place where community thrives. Within our walls, artists and community members work together to make art, connections, and collaborations that contribute to the vibrancy and life of Richmond, Virginia.
We offer studio membership, classes, field trips and educational programming at well below market rates. Our nonprofit status enables us to secure grants and donations that keep these programs affordable and accessible for all Richmond community members.
WHERE DOES OUR FUNDING COME FROM?
S23 is a product of creative passion and prudent business planning. We have a robust mix of earned income from our studio membership, classes, S23 To-Go, store, and signature events. Earned income comprises 50-60% of our annual revenue. Generous contributions from individuals, corporations, and grant funders comprise 40-50% of our annual revenue. We are committed to sustainability; our earned revenue sources provide for security and predictable income. Contributions provide for growth, capital expansion, and program delivery.