Situated in the middle of Downtown East Dearborn, City Hall Artspace Lofts resembles a quaint college campus. Three former municipal buildings combine residences, gallery and studio space, and future retail and office space.
In 2011, Memphis’ South Main Artspace Lofts project received a $100,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The affordable housing development has since leveraged 18 million dollars in private and public money for artist live-work space on South Main.
New Orleans relies on its artists as a core part of its economy. What can be done when those artists can no longer afford to call the city home? Katy Reckdahl explores the issue for Shelterforce Magazine.
Though observers said the difference between the Ghost Ship and Santa Cruz’s Tannery Arts Center are night and day in terms of safety, living suitability and modernity, artists living in the local development empathized with their Oakland peers’ circumstances.
This series of articles in The Line tell artists' stories, share the impact of artists on their diverse communities, and delve into the importance of artist live/work housing in fostering stability, vitality and creativity in urban and rural areas across the United States.