The New Orleans Community Printshop was founded in 2009 by a dedicated group of printmakers seeking to create an affordable and accessible printmaking space for artists and community members alike. The Printshop got its start in the unused print space at Louisiana Artworks, a large non-profit art building downtown. When that building closed, our members were determined to keep what had become ‘The New Orleans Community Printshop” open. This was both a dream and a necessity–we were motivated both by our collective desire to develop and support a thriving printmaking community and by our real need for equipment to continue to make new work.  Printmaking equipment is bulky and expensive, and many of the chemicals needed require special care and disposal. For that reason, the model of a shared printing space has a long history, but did not exist at that time elsewhere in New Orleans. We found a temporary space in the Marigny, before settling in our permanent location in the Upper Ninth Ward in New Orleans in the summer of 2013. The New Orleans Community Printshop & Darkroom continues to be the only art space of its kind in New Orleans. We are a Silkscreen Shop, Black & White Darkroom, and Community Gallery all in one.