Soapbox members enjoy access to the studio and equipment, discounts on workshops, and the option to join in special opportunities like Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, sales of artwork, and more. Our shared studio includes facilities for screenprinting, letterpress, basic binding, papermaking, and etching press for relief printing. We have a limited number of private studio spaces. Email us to be notified of openings.
How do I join?
- Attend a Membership Information Session. Offered monthly, this free session tells you everything you need to know about joining The Soapbox. Check our Events page to sign up for the next session.
- Experienced Makers: Submit your application. Links to applications appear below. Then attend a workshop in your studio area for an orientation.
- Beginners: Attend a series of workshops to complete your orientation and training. More information.
Keyholder Members: $100/month
Keyholder members enjoy independent access to the studio from 8 am to 10 pm daily, including papermaking. Keyholder members also enjoy discounts on Soapbox workshops. Keyholder membership requires an application demonstrating experience in the desired studio area, a one-month refundable deposit, and a 3 month minimum commitment, as well as an orientation to each studio area to be used. Includes one storage space (choice of screen storage, flat file drawer, or locker), with additional storage available at $5/month.
Open Hours Member: $35/month or $50/4 visits
Enjoy access to our studio during our regular twice-a-week Open Hours. Open Hours are monitored – please ask questions! – but monitors do not provide instruction. (That’s what our workshops are for!) Open Hours membership requires an application demonstrating experience in the desired studio area, as well as an orientation to each studio area to be used. Includes one storage space (choice of screen storage, flat file drawer, or locker), with additional storage available at $5/month. Limited experience? Just see our Information for Beginners!
Soapbox Fellows help run Soapbox Open Hours and assist with other events and needs of the organization. In exchange, Fellows enjoy keyholder access to the studio, while also building skills in non-profit arts management. Soapbox Fellows are required to volunteer a minimum of five hours/week and to make a six-month commitment. Applications are reviewed in March and September for any openings (April – September or October – March commitments). Solid skills in screenprinting or letterpress printing are a must.
Supporter Member: sliding scale
This membership allows you to support The Soapbox’s work through a supporting membership. You’ll enjoy the standard member discount on workshops. Supporting members make a monthly gift.
To learn more about membership or anything else, feel free to contact us.
*Please note that our Hollander beater papermaking equipment is ineligible for Open Hours use due to noise levels and time intensiveness.