On the first floor of CO+, the Atkinson Co-Learn Center is in many ways at the heart of what we do. The creative economy is sustained through learning and collaborating. This space houses our workshops, lessons, and session rentals, opportunites are open to members and guest instructors. 


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What are we looking for? The CO+ seeks seasoned creatives, artists and artisans that would like to teach a class or workshop in our space. We are looking for classes in (but not limited to) photography, green screen recording, artisan crafts, robotics, creative writing, non-profit development and business skills that creatives are looking for. While classes are geared toward adults, we welcome educational partnerships and family nights too! If you think it’s a good fit, we want to hear from you.

How It Works: The Co-Creative Center would host your workshop and help market your class through our website and growing network. The CO+ keeps a 30% hosting fee and the instructor agrees to clean the space after each session. Based on our mission, the CO+ aims for accessible classes that would cost a CO+ student $30~ per two-hour session, but this can vary. Classes require a minimum of five student registrations.

About The Atkinson Co-Learn Center:  The space is 435 square feet and seats up to 25 students. The classroom is enclosed and equipped with moveable tables, chairs, retractable green screen and an accessible sink.  All activities on the CO+ first floor are ADA compliant.

About the Co-Makespace:  The 1,000+sf makerspace will have fabrication equipment, computer spaces and work benches. We will have on-site educators, but seasoned instructors with relevant technical experience can host sessions. *Note: A CO+ equipment and supplies fee may apply.


In memoriam: about the atkinsons

 Hope and Ruth on their patio

Hope and Ruth on their patio

Hope and Ruth, known by many as the Atkinson sisters, spent their lives making Dartmouth and New Bedford better places to live. They were two self-made, independent, creative women, who worked hard and had positive "can-do" attitudes. Each sister excelled in her own chosen vocation. Hope and Ruth Atkinson lived their lives well, because they loved their lives and dedicated their efforts to helping others. They worked hard conserving the natural and historic beauty of the area, providing for the future of the community. They sought to do what was right and just. As hard as they worked and dedicated themselves to service, they found great pleasure in having fun, enjoying their home, their arts, and the simpler things in life.