The City of Utica is located in the Mohawk Valley region of Upstate New York and is renowned for its historic architecture, abundant arts assets, and welcoming nature as a designated United Nations resettlement community. The downtown corridor includes time-honored establishments such as the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and the Stanley Theatre; while just a few blocks away, thriving community arts activities occur at 4 Elements Studio, Sculpture Space, The Center, and many more places. A group of local leaders invited Artspace to conduct a series of studies in 2015 to quantify demand for artist spaces in Utica, with findings from nearly 600 surveyed indicating a substantial need for space to both live and conduct creative work downtown.
Now in predevelopment, Artspace Utica will be a catalytic project to address critical affordable housing shortages and provide economic development opportunities for the creative workforce, constructed on a lot at the intersection of the Commercial and Arts & Cultural Districts downtown. The four-story building will feature 40 live/work units for artists and their families on the upper floors, and community and commercial spaces on the ground floor. The project represents a significant investment in downtown Utica and will contribute to a strong, multicultural arts community and growing creative sector.