Background Check on Artists
Dutch Alley Artists' Co-op
in New Orleans is seeking new members but warns "Upon acceptance, new artists may be required to pay a $20.00 non-refundable fee for background check."
It seemed a curious requirement so the studioNOTES e-Journal asked for an explanation. In response, Anne Timmons-Harris, the corresponding secretary, replied: "We are still discussing whether to run background checks on new members. Fully vetted members of the co-op have access to the safe and keys. Also, some of our jewelers have rare and valuable items. It is a means of protecting the gallery and ourselves."