The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 2, 2013

Arts venue offers shared area for independent professionals

Tom Lavis
tlavis@tribdem.com

JOHNSTOWN — The people at the Venue of Merging Arts in Cambria City are offering a cutting-edge opportunity at a bargain basement price.

The new initiative has been dubbed VOMA Launch, which is intended to attract professionals to a coworking space where they can interact while working independently.

Normally a performance venue, the building at 305 Chestnut St. usually is dormant during the day.

“We will provide entrepreneurs, work-from-home professionals, freelancers, designers, writers and other independent contractors a shared, interactive and engaging work environment,” said Karen Mesaros, VOMA director of development and marketing.

 Unlike a typical office environment, those coworking usually are not employed by the same organization. The arrangement often is attractive to people who otherwise would work in relative isolation.

Mesaros said that VOMA Launch gives people a social value often missing from a home office environment.

“We want of offer people a chance to initiate interaction with other co-workers to aid in solving their business needs,” Mesaros said.

VOMA Launch participants will receive a number of benefits by signing up for the program, including an inexpensive, collaborative, alternative workspace solution to an isolated home office environment and access to the VOMA‚Äącoworking space from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The fee is $50 per month and requires a two-month deposit. A drop-in option is planned for a minimal day rate for those wishing to visit the facility or collaborate with others on site.

For more information, call 410-2245, email thevomaspace@gmail.com or visit www.thevoma.com.

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