Across America, cities are discovering ways to tap into their local arts community to spur economic development, foster job creation, and create a greater, more unique sense of place. One of the pioneers in this work is Artspace, a non-profit organization that has developed arts facilities from coast-to-coast.
In partnership with the El Paso Community Foundation, the City of El Paso, Artspace is working to transform what today is vacant lot at the corner of Oregon and Missouri in downtown El Paso into an arts destination animated by artists and creative businesses. This project will provide much-needed space for vibrant local artists to complement the community's strong collection of municipally managed institutions, including El Paso's children's museum, art museum, history museum, science museum and theater. Although El Paso is a hotbed of creative activity, most of it occurs at the margins of our community. This project will bring a lively arts scene into the heart of downtown, and in the process help to rejuvenate a challenged neighborhood.
The artists are there. More than 400 local artists responded to a survey indicating their interest in an Artspace-style project providing access to permanently affordable, high quality space to live and work.
The Artspace El Paso Lofts will blend 51 affordable live/ work units for artists and their families with 5,000 square feet of multi-purpose nonprofit commercial space. A large community room on the ground floor will provide space for artists and community groups for meetings, events, exhibitions and performances.
The transformation of this site will begin with a beautiful new building, but the real and lasting change will be the energy and vitality that artists bring to downtown El Paso.
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Energy efficient appliances
Open floor plans
Resident-run gallery, kitchen, and workshop space
On-site management offices
2nd floor Resident Lounge
Off Street Parking (31 spaces)
On-site laundry, credit card operated machines
We will begin accepting applications September 1, 2016. Applications will be available mid- to late August 2016, both online and out in the community.
Applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Each loft has a preference for practicing artists, and applicants will meet with an artist selection committee to talk about their body of work and commitment to the arts. Learn More
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