Santa Cruz’s ever-evolving Tannery Arts Center reached another major milestone with the 2012 opening of the Digital Media and Creative Arts Center, a nearly 24,000-square-foot facility consisting of two historic tannery buildings that have been renovated into 28 studio spaces for artists and creative businesses. Studios range from 200 to 3,200 square feet.
The new facility represents Phase 2 of the Tannery project, which began with the construction of the 100-unit Artspace Tannery Lofts, developed by Artspace and completed in 2009. The Tannery allowed Artspace to create its first “arts campus,” with a mix of historic buildings and new construction, housing and working studios. Artspace will be involved as a supportive neighbor for Phase 3, which includes the adaptive reuse of another old tannery building into a Performing Arts Center. The completed complex also provides a new home for the Arts Council of Santa Cruz.
The tenants of the Tannery Digital Media and Creative Arts Center represent a broad range of disciplines, including jewelry, ceramics, printmaking, glass making, painting, book arts, dance, a literary magazine and a café.
Mark Cavagnero Associates
City of Santa Cruz Redevelopment AgencyCalifornia Cultural & Historical EndowmentU.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Sachs Family Foundation
“The construction of the project has generated hundreds of local jobs and will benefit our community for decades to come.”
— Bonnie Lipscomb, Economic Development Director, City of Santa Cruz
The artists who occupy the Digital Media and Creative Arts Center range from ceramicists to painters to sculptors to dancer and more. When they open their studios for First Fridays and Saturdays, you'll see space devoted to the creation of art in its many forms.
The historic buildings at the Tannery Arts Center offer a range of opportunities for Santa Cruz’s creative community. The needs of this community will define how the working studios are developed. Tenancy in the working studios is work-only and is not income restricted.
Artists could create a space to meet the needs of a particular discipline and join with other individual artists for open studio events.
An individual or a group of artists could enter into a master lease agreement for a large space to share and/or sublease to other artists.
Lease by Discipline:
The working studios offer the opportunity for artists to create shared work space with specific equipment for their discipline, such as; kiln for ceramic artists; forge for iron workers; hot shop for glass artists; foundry for metal sculptors; darkroom for photographers; press for printmakers; etc.Institutional Use:
Studio space would be available for students/professors in BA or MFA programs in nearby educational institutions, linking them with the community.
With 100 creative residential units, and potential for work-only studio spaces that will accommodate another 100 artists, the Tannery Arts Center h the critical mass necessary for development of successful cooperative and/or commercial galleries. Extensive indoor and outdoor open spaces accommodate a wide variety of exhibitions/events including, but not limited to visual, literary and the performing arts. The Tannery Arts Center is a must-see destination for visitors interested in the arts and the creative process.
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