Caroline Collective Debuts Coworking Facility in Houston

Creative community collaboration space plans Grand Opening in Museum District

Houston, TX (May 26, 2008) This week, the city’s first creative coworking space,  opens in Houston, TX’s Museum District.  Fueled from an influx of interest from Houston’s creative and technical communities, Caroline Collective provides a cafe-like community collaboration space for developers, writers, independents looking for a space to conduct their work in an environment alternative to the traditional working office.

As the global marketplace continues to free the worker from a physical location, more and more independent professionals work as either “digital nomads” or based out of home office.  Coworking provides the collaborative and networking environment of a traditional office space, with the flexibility of a home office.  Successful coworking operations already exist in worldwide cities such as San Francisco, Philadelphia, Paris, Vancouver, Milan, and Buenos Aires.

Co-founders of Caroline Collective, and Rice University graduate students, Ned Dodington and Matthew Wettergreen conceived the coworking space in Houston after experiencing coworking environments in San Francisco’s  and Philadelphia’s IndependentsHall.

“The coworking movement strives to combine the relaxed working environment of the home office with a dynamic social atmosphere,” explains Dodington. “The model encourages the free flow of projects and ideas and is founded on the belief that working together is working smarter.”

With the help and support of business partners and Wulfe Urban developers Jeff Kaplan and Adam Brackman, Wettergreen and Dodington secured a 6000-square-foot space in Houston’s dynamic Museum District, one of the largest coworking spaces worldwide to date.

The facility will supply to tenants private and shared workspaces, a conference facility, and free wifi, among other amenities. The space’s south building will be occupied by ArtStorm Houston, an organization founded in October of 2007 to fill the need in Houston for an accessible, approachable and affordable gallery space for emerging and unrepresented artists.

In order to celebrate the inauguration of the space, an opening party will be held June 7, 2008, at Caroline Collective.  An invitation-only media hour will begin at 6pm and conclude at 7pm, followed by a the party open to the public from 7pm -10pm. Special guests include Tara Hunt, co-founder of San Francisco’s Citizen Space, and Alex Hillman, founder of Philadelphia’s Independents Hall. In conjunction with the opening party, Artstorm will showcase the opening exhibit of artist Patrick Turk (see accompanying release.)  Libations will be provided by Houston’s own Saint Arnold Brewery, with tasty bites from Chef David Grossman.

About Caroline Collective | Caroline Collective was created to positively impact the cultural landscape of Houston by fostering community, collaboration and creativity across all artistic and technological disciplines.  A unique combination of private workspace, public art space, and open collaborative desk space, citizens can work in collaboration or privately, with a conference room and individual desks.  Caroline Collective is located at 4820 Caroline St. in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, four blocks north of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and two blocks from the Metro Light Rail Wheeler stop.  For more information on Caroline Collective, please visit For more information on Coworking and other worldwide facilities .

About ArtStorm Houston | ArtStorm is dedicated to showing a variety of work, highlighting exceptional local talent as well as giving up-and-coming artists, musicians and performers a place to show and play. Devoted, hard-working artists actually run the place, and we are open to fresh and innovative ideas about art, music, performances, and presentation. Our creative approach means ArtStorm is accessible to artists everywhere, and we always have their best interests in mind. Explore the Artstorm website at , for more information.

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