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.
Artspace Consulting is currently working with the Duluth Art Institute (DAI), located in Duluth, Minnesota, to help them assess their current space usage and make decisions about the future of their facilities.
The city of Utica could be getting a little more artsy. Representatives of Artspace Projects Inc., a nonprofit developer of affordable spaces for artists and creative workers, spent Wednesday and Thursday touring the city and meeting with artists, city officials and the public.
Through the EFA grant, Artspace Minneapolis will be commissioned to conduct a study of the northwest's arts community beginning in March to identify artists who interested and eligible artists to live in a Shreveport Common single family dwellings or an affordable "Artists’ Live/Workspace" — lofts that are both studio and living spaces.
The grant will be used to hire Artspace Minneapolis to identify Northwest Louisiana artists who are interested in and have the capacity to move into the 9-block area. They would reside in single-family dwellings or lofts that incorporate artists' studios into the living space.
Artists who moved into the state's first affordable loft project in Loveland this summer already are finding it easier to create when they don't have to worry about leaking roofs or rodents under their beds.
In recent years, the arts alliance has contracted with the nationally recognized Artspace consulting group on a feasibility study, ArtsMarket on a market demand survey and architect Tim Stroh, whose work includes a proposed design for a shared outdoor retail plaza at the site.
The Memphis College of Art’s graduate school will relocate next year: they’re moving from downtown at 477 S. Main Street to be closer to their main campus at Overton Park. The meetings will be organized by Artspace Consulting Services, which is an arts-related property development organization that plans to open a live/work space for artists at 138 St. Paul Ave. in South Main.
Below-market-rate housing expressly for artists can’t come fast enough in San Francisco, where they, like many others, are being displaced amid the meteoric rise of real estate costs. “We have upcoming meetings with Artspace and some other national leaders in the area of affordable housing developments.”
The Memphis College of Art plans to move out of its South Main campus leaving the downtown location a blank canvas. The college, along with Artspace Consulting Services, hosted public meetings for members of the arts community, downtown residents and businesses to share their ideas for the future of the graduate school building.
Sharon Stewart and Don Albrecht, Artifacts, Chequamegon Bay Arts Newsletter
Over 60 local artists and arts organizations, bankers, elected officials, and business owners met with Artspace representatives Kathleen Kvern and Heidi Zimmer during five meetings held in early August at Wild Rice Restaurant and Pikes Bay Marina Clubhouse to address such questions.