Gordon Thorne addressed the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires annual meeting with a talk on the concept of a “Community Arts Trust”. He describes his evolution as an artist, developer, and executive director of a non-profit as it relates to shaping and maintaining healthy and diverse communities. Thorne believes that arts spaces should be a part of the commons in perpetuity and that performing arts spaces be made accessible and affordable to artists in the community.
Gordon Thorne (April 1941 – June 2018) was a visual artist based in Northampton, MA. Thorne began pursuing a career in the arts after graduating from Yale University, initially finding a spot where he painted on Main Street in New Haven. He was the Director of Available Potential Enterprises (A.P.E.), which he founded in 1977 … Continued