From its founding in 1902 to around 1952, the Three Arts Club in New York City served a noble purpose – to house young women who were pursuing careers in the arts. The three arts referred to music, art and drama, and the Club provided dormitory style housing, meals and an environment in which these young women would be among people experiencing the same struggles and frustrations (and sometimes success).
|The Three Arts Club |
at 340 W 85th St, NYC in 1910.
This building was replaced in 1927.
According to an article about the Three Arts published in the Los Angeles Herald newspaper in 1909, there were four rules of admission (quoted):
- All applicants must be studying with a view toward self support or working in one of the arts.
- They must be under 30 years of age.
- They must furnish at least two satisfactory references.
- Admittance only by application card.[i]