The Ghost Town Arts Collective is a non-profit, arts cooperative based in the Texoma region that has been supporting and nurturing the arts since 2007. We are dedicated to creating an open space for the arts community to experiment, share, and connect, and for the community at large to experience the creative process through participation, appreciation, and education. For this purpose, we have established a makerspace for hosting artistic workshops and classes as well as hosting gallery exhibitions showcasing visual and performance art, music, dance, spoken word, poetry, creative writing, bookmaking, and film created by members of our community.
What Drives Us
Creating culture in our community by supporting and nurturing the arts is a core part of our mission. There are so many talented artists and artisans in the Texoma region and the Ghost Town Arts Collective want to celebrate those talented individuals, and as a result, the Texoma region will become known for its arts community.
Artist membership are local artists who show their work at Ghost Town Arts Collective events. Artist level membership includes a 30% discount on all classes and workshops, automatic acceptance for exhibitions held at Gallery off the Square, and no fee for curated local and traveling exhibitions. Artist members pay a membership fee of $15 per month. Additionally; the Ghost Town will take a 20% commission on any works sold during Ghost Town’s exhibitions or events.
Photographic Artist membership is available for individuals interested in using the black and white darkroom facilities. Members at the Photographic Artist level pay a $50 per month fee darkroom access and is available by appointment and during the studio’s open hours. Photographic Artist members receive the same benefits as the Artist level membership.
Apprentice level membership is designed for students, emerging artists, established artists, or anyone interested in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Apprentice members volunteer their time to the Ghost Town for gallery open hours, installation and removal of shows, fundraising, and other needs that support daily operations. Apprentice members receive the same benefits as Artist members. There is no fee for this level of membership but a required minimum commitment of 10 volunteer hours per month.
Contributing Artist Members are the driving force behind the Ghost Town Arts Collective. Members at this level are local artists who agree to offer a creative workshop or class on their topic of expertise open to the public. These workshops or classes are made available to the people within the Texoma and greater North Texas region. Topics can range from any artistic media, painting, sculpture, pottery, music, poetry, dance, performance art, etc., that supports the mission of the Ghost Town Arts Collective. The organization’s officers will work with the Contributing Artist Member to develop a program offering and setup up the schedule for the workshop or class event. In addition, the organization will provide marketing support for the event with print and web advertisements as well as video production for short, promotional commercials. There are two levels for the Contributing Artist membership:
- Onsite Contributing Artist Level: Workshops programs are offered at the Ghost Town Arts Collective’s address at 101 East Jones St, Sherman, TX 75090. Onsite Contributing Artist level membership are 1099 contractors who contribute 15% of their workshop proceeds to the organization. This 15% contribution goes to cover the overhead and rental space for the Ghost Town Arts Collective. Benefits for this level membership include advertising and social media support as well the production of a short promotional video, and all the discount benefits of the Artist-Level membership.
- Offsite Contributing Artist Level: Workshop programs are offered in a location different from the 101 East Jones Street address. Offsite Contributing Artist level members pay a $15 per month fee which equals $180 per year. Members at this level teach classes offsite, and therefore will not be charged an additional percentage fee. Benefits for this level membership include advertising and social media support as well the production of a short promotional video, and all the discount benefits of the Artist-Level membership.
Sponsors are wonderful people who choose to support the Ghost Town Arts Collective by donating any combination of time, money, goods, or services but are not interested in showing any art of their own. Sponsors will receive a 10% discount on any artwork purchased at Ghost Town Exhibitions or events. They receive our sincere gratitude, as well as mention on all promotional materials created by the collective, such as T-shirts and catalogues, flyers, as well as recognition on the sponsorship page of the Ghost town Website.
- Individual Sponsor = $20 per month
- Business Sponsor = $25 per month
Patron of the Arts
Patron-level members are for those who wish to support specific programs, or the Organization as a whole, by providing a monetary gift of $360 or more per year or agree to purchase for the organization equipment/materials in the amount of $360 or more per year. Like a Sponsor-level membership, Patrons will receive a 20% discount on any artwork purchased at Ghost Town Exhibitions or events. They receive our sincere gratitude, as well as mention on all promotional materials created by the collective, such as T-shirts and catalogues, flyers, as well as recognition on the sponsorship page of the Ghost town Website.