We could provide a 400-page booklet of every single piece of notable news or intriguing update regarding any one of our projects and properties around the country. Instead, we’ve whittled the list down to our top 10 bits of news bites that occurred in the last new months.
1. Artspace Immersion in Minneapolis and New Orleans
Courtesy of Arts New Orleans
As a program with a curriculum developed by Artspace Consulting, each cohort will spend a year together learning the real estate process in order to address their space-related projects. Meet the latest cohorts! Minneapolis, MN: Arena Dances, Black Table Arts, Minnesota Fringe, Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, Roho Collective, Soo Visual Arts Center, SPRAYFiNGER, The Somali Museum of Minnesota, Twin Cities Media Alliance, and Voice of Culture. New Orleans, LA: Arts New Orleans, BAR NONE by DeSign, Breaks in the Simulation, Eternal Seeds, Goat in the Road, KID smART, NOLA Artist Incubator, NO Society of Dance, Studio Lalala, and Upturn Art.
2. Feasibility Studies in New Mexico
The Hardwood Art Center in Albuquerque, NM
It’s not so quiet on the Western Front as Artspace Consulting kicks off 2023 with back-to-back Feasibility Studies in both the cities of Las Cruces and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Only after being invited into a community do we ever initiate the first step in an Artspace development, making sure to engage as many artists as possible, weaving together networks of creatives, and listening to stakeholder needs. The strength of any project is built on the foundation of strong relationships. Subscribe to Artspace Consulting’s Newsletter
3. Results of Arts Market Survey in Bellevue, WA
Photo by Alexandra Knight Photography / Courtesy of Visit Bellvue
As the second step in an Artspace development, an Arts Market Study was conducted to help the city frame new development opportunities, introduce affordable live/work housing and creative workspaces into the district, and encourage property owners to include the same in their projects. Artspace Consulting worked with the city and a diverse group of committed arts leaders to implement the AMS which resulted in 437 artist responses – 92% expressing interest in new, affordable space. The community now has the data and recommendations necessary to advocate and lay the groundwork for significant new space initiatives.
4. Mount Clemens Predevelopment Plans
Courtesy of the Anton Art Center
Artspace is looking at a downtown site adjacent to the Anton Art Center, our long-time community arts partner and fierce local advocate. We received a $750,000 Housing and Urban Development Grant in 2022 through Congressman Levin's office to support predevelopment. Artspace will be presenting preliminary concepts to the City Commission in the coming months and working with our local Steering Committee to inform the design.
5. Little Rock Project Advances to Construction Phase
Rendering of the outdoor courtyard at Artspace Windgate Campus
In September 2022, Artspace and the Windgate Foundation announced plans to advance Artspace Windgate Campus, a mixed-use project for artists in Little Rock’s East End neighborhood. Construction is beginning and is set to be completed in 2024. Learn more at artspace.org/windgate.
6. Utica Project Begins Construction
Rendering of the Southwest corner of Artspace Utica Lofts
After receiving significant state funding last summer in support of Artspace Utica Lofts, construction of the project is scheduled to start this May. The 43 live/work units will be affordable for those earning between 40–80% of Area Median Income and will serve artists, including those from the active and vibrant immigrant and refugee communities. Learn more at artspace.org/utica.
7. Artspace Loveland Feed & Grain Starting to Shape Up
Photo by Jules Gillen / Artspace Loveland Lofts
Beginning construction last fall, the building’s exterior is being sealed up with new insulation, repointed masonry, replaced metal paneling, and rebuilt historic windows. Meanwhile, next door, a preview tour for Artpace Loveland Lofts residents and stakeholders is set for April 6. We’re excited to show off the progress that has been made to turn this historic 120-year-old building into housing a much-needed affordable creative space for the Loveland community. Learn more at artspace.org/feed-and-grain.
8. The Cowles Center’s Lobby Renovation is 95% Completed
A work-in-progress of The Cowles Center's lobby remodel.
Once the final door is installed and furniture is delivered, the new lobby will provide a bright, welcoming space for visitors, and the new main entrance will be a more practical drop-off option for students attending classes. The new flex space, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows adjacent to the lobby will provide a dance studio, meeting room, and home for reception-style events like The Cowles Center's revamped Gotta Dance! Benefit series. thecowlescenter.org.
9. Northrup King Building Expansion Plan
Rendering of Northrup King building expansion plan
Artspace is moving forward with the Northrup King Building expansion project that will adaptively reuse three of the 13 historic industrial buildings of what will become the Northrup King Campus and create 84 live/work units of affordable housing for artists and their families. Redevelopment plans also include enhanced stormwater strategies that will reduce 80% of the annual total phosphorus and 92% of the annual sediment from runoff from the site that flows to the Mississippi River. Learn more at artspace.org/nkb-lofts.
10. Artspace DEIA Initiatives
Organizationally, we are so excited to be working with Cecilia Stanton Adams of the Stanton Adams Diversity Institute and Grayce Belvedere-Young of Lily Pad Consulting in our Strategic Plan, which embeds our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility planning within it, leading to an organizational-wide retreat in late April.