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GSAC was created as a model program by the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Corporation with major funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts and other funders. The project was conceived as a way to stabilize and support the Philadelphia artist community by providing affordable and desirable live/work space owned by artists.

The project took five years to realize and is successful because many individuals and institutions labored very hard to make it happen. The members of GSAC are dedicated to making the cooperative concept a successful model for future artists and institutions to follow. 

Cooperation through sensitivity, tolerance, sound judgment, and volunteer labor has been and will continue to be the key to our success. 

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