Artspace Immersion

Helping turn big ideas into achievable plans

Program Overview
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Artspace Immersion is a capacity-building program for arts and cultural organizations in the planning stages of a space-related project. With a cohort-based approach, Immersion empowers arts and culture leaders to make informed decisions about their current or future space.


Artspace has long played the role of translator between creative communities and the real estate industry in order to help create more equitable access to suitable and affordable space. The Immersion curriculum draws upon three decades of experience developing, operating, and consulting on affordable creative facilities across the country to deliver both a theoretical and practical approach to project planning. 

A lot of people have ideas, but not enough people are making plans--so organizations who need help planning would benefit greatly from the Artspace program.

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Within a year, cohort participants will receive professional development training and tailored capacity-building workshops based on Artspace’s Six Elements of Space Planning: Leadership, Project Concept, Cost Analysis, Location, Funding, and Communications.

Gain an understanding of the elements of space planning, receive tools and templates and the knowledge to use them, engage in guided activities and small group breakout sessions, and provide project updates to the cohort. 

Take the opportunity to build relationships with fellow arts and cultural leaders who are navigating similar space-related goals.

Meet professionals from the real estate development and related industries and discuss their space-related experiences.

Immerse yourself in a learning community to practice storytelling, build partnerships, and connect your work with broader discussions of community development and spatial equity.

Schedule private one-on-one sessions with Artspace Immersion Staff throughout the year to advance your project. Discuss topics such as creating capital and operating budgets, writing case statements, and reviewing leases and other agreements.

Artspace Immersion Team

Wendy Holmes

Wendy Holmes

Program Supervisor
Anna Growcott

Anna Growcott

Lead Immersion Consultant

Jackie Ralles

Program Manager

Emma Sipora Tyler

Chicago-based Program Consultant