The First Banana is a member driven gallery, venue and performance space created to meet the needs of performance artists and artists in other mediums finding it hard to establish themselves in the art word. The Banana is a launching point for Art and Artists in Philadelphia.
The First Banana is a beautiful, well maintained, column free space with a 3ft high, 8'x6' stage and Aerial/Suspension rigging. The studio space is 25ft x 16ft, 11ft ceilings with reinforced beam for aerials/suspension.
Membership implies a desire to foster artistic community in the city and to mentor and assist others in your media. It is modeled on the cooperative model and at any time may have between 5-7 members. Members should have skills outside of their art that they can contribute to fellow members and artists (writing, computer, etc.) to maximize the potential of the Banana as a whole.
FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT MEMBERSHIP PLEASE CONTACT: Reggie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-215-909-9531
Live performances and shows are limited to Thursday to Saturdays nights and must clear out by 1am.
**THERE IS NO AVAILABILITY FOR EVENTS ON FIRST FRIDAYS**
Unless you want your event incorporated into our gallery showing. There is no cover/pay unless otherwise agree upon, but you may busk or collect tips.
Practice fee is $10 per hour
Workshops are $25 per hour
Events are $20 per hour or $60 for the event. This includes space rental, staff assistance, sound system usage.
Practice fee is included in your membership.
Two workshops a month are included, but must be booked at least 1 month in advance. Third and future workshops within the month will be $15 per hour.
Events are open for you at no charge, but we ask you to rely on yourself more than outsiders since you have access to the space all the time. We ask you to limit events to 2 a month to allow us to open the schedule to outsiders and to not saturate the market with similar events by resident artists.