"Artspace has embraced all of our needs, wants and concepts. I can’t speak highly enough about their commitment and willingness to take a process they’ve perfected—building by building—and enter into a partnership with the state and our foundation to move their approach in a new direction.” –Tim Schultz, President of the Boettcher Foundation
The Hollywood CRA in collaboration with Artspace Projects is conducting a major online survey of artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses in South Florida to determine the size and nature of the market for an Artspace affordable live/work/create project planned for Downtown Hollywood.
Spoiled by decades of affordable housing and studio options in a major city that was still pretty sleepy, local artists are already feeling the pinch of rising rents after former mayor Julian Castro’s “Decade of Downtown” battle cry and subsequent initiatives shot the city to the top of trend listicles.
The Hollywood CRA in collaboration with Artspace Projects, Inc. will conduct a major online survey of artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses to determine the size and nature of the market for an Artspace affordable live/work/create project planned for Downtown Hollywood.
Recognizing the impact artists have on the state's economy, the state of Colorado is planning to invest in nine affordable housing projects around the state in the coming years to make it easier for members of the creative industry to find a place to live.
"Our arts and historic district dialogue is an on–going conversation about what are ways that we can enhance, highlight, and celebrate this area that contains many of Mankato's cultural and historical assets," said Megan Flanagan, City Center Partnership Director.
City Center Partnership Director Megan Flanagan said a committee of the downtown business organization is exploring the question: “Would the businesses and organizations of City Center Mankato benefit from arts and historic district enhancements, what initiatives are achievable, and is the time right to pursue this?”
“What’s happening in downtown is part of a normal real estate cycle, where following a recession there is recovery and expansion. By encouraging adaptive reuse, increased density and mixed-use developments, we have cultivated vitality in our urban core that was much needed."
Last fall, city officials gave tentative approval for planners to hire ArtSpace, a Minneapolis-based, art-centric consulting firm, to evaluate the possibility of adding live and work studios to the area. And although promising, the consulting route can take time that many creatives simply don't have.
Roy M. Close, Vice President, Special Projects, Artspace
Over the last decade, Artspace Consulting has worked with many clients – arts organizations, arts councils, foundations, government agencies, and, occasionally, individuals – all of them seeking to tap into our unique experience and skills. But what are those skills? What do we know, and what are the things we’re good at?
Dreams can become a reality if the whole community stands behind them. One such dream is the possibility of a combined live/work space for artists in the bay area — something identified last summer as being essential to the sustainability of a strong arts community in the future.