Creative Space Needs Survey - Beaumont, TX

Welcome Artists, Makers and Creatives!

Do you need affordable space designed for living, creating, rehearsing, recording, teaching, making and/or sharing your art, creative work, culture or practice?  If so, you can help advance efforts for new affordable creative space by taking our survey. Your input is a critical next step for a proposed, artist live/work housing and creative workspace facility in the Downtown Beaumont Cultural Arts District.

See our sidebar for how we broadly define who is an artist, maker, or creative.

TAKE THE SURVEY!

Help us by also sharing the survey link with friends, colleagues and on social media!

In early 2020, leaders from the Southeast Texas Arts Council (SETAC), the Downtown Beaumont Cultural Arts District (DBCAD) and the City of Beaumont, invited Artspace, a national nonprofit in the field of creative space development, to assess the potential for an affordable mixed-use, artist live/work facility in downtown Beaumont.

Between June and August of 2020, a series of (virtual) focus groups were held with civic leaders, public and private funders/financiers, individual artists/creatives/makers and arts and cultural organizations, including a meeting specifically for understanding the needs of artists identifying as Black, Indigenous and/or a Person of Color.

These meetings along with a virtual tour of potential sites and other research revealed strong interest in and opportunity for the proposed project concept in the Downtown Beaumont Cultural Arts District and set the stage for this next big step, a Creative Space Needs Survey.  Input will help us test the concept and determine if there is enough interest to warrant further investment and if so, what types and how many living and working spaces should be planned, what amenities to include, and what “affordable” really means to the region’s artists, makers, culture bearers and creatives.

If you are engaged in creative efforts and consider your work, product or practice to be a form of art, craft, cultural tradition, creative expression, or heritage preservation then we probably will too. Many makers and creatives don’t even think of themselves as artists, but all are members of the creative sector and a focus of this study. A member of the creative sector:

  • Has a sincere commitment to their creative-based work;
  • May make things that are artistic, creative or functional, or all of the above! (woodturners, milliners, potters, writers, leather workers, artisanal foods/craft beverages makers, painters, performers, photographers, jewelers, floral arrangers, stylists);
  • May be engaged in any creative/artistic/cultural pursuit including visual/performing, culinary, literary, musical, administrative, museum, educational work or practice;
  • May or may not make any income from their creative-based work (or may or may not aspire to);
  • May or may not create or practice full time (or may or may not aspire to);
  • Has or is developing a body of work or is actively training, practicing, and/or making;
  • Comes from any and all walks of life.

This project is funded by the B.A. & E.W. Steinhagen Benevolent Trust through the Southeast Texas Arts Council.

The Downtown Beaumont Cultural Arts District (DBCAD) is driving the effort to advance affordable, creative space in Beaumont, and is the local lead on this project. Learn more about DBCAD.

The survey is developed and owned by Artspace Consulting.

The greater the response to this survey by a diverse and representative group of artists, makers and creatives, the more useful the information will be. We need your help in getting the word out regionally and encouraging others to participate, in order to make this project a success.

Please forward the survey link www.BMTartspace.org to your friends and colleagues and share it in your social networks.

This survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete, and:

  • Is for all artists, makers and creatives who currently or would like to live or work creatively in Beaumont. We are looking to reach those living within at least a 50-mile radius from Beaumont.
  • Is best viewed on a large screen (computer or tablet) but is optimized for a smart phone.
  • Is confidential. Your private information will NOT be shared with other organizations and responses are maintained anonymously. Data is analyzed in the aggregate only.

Take The Survey

If you would like to receive occasional updates about this project, please sign up at the end of the survey.

Artspace is a national nonprofit developer and consultant with a mission to “create, foster and preserve affordable and sustainable space for artists, and arts organizations”. Artspace Consulting is a division of Artspace. This study is designed to inform any new creative space project(s) whether initiated by a local developer, property owner, arts group or by Artspace in partnership with local stakeholders.

We respect your privacy. Responses collected are maintained as anonymous. At the end of the survey, you will have an option to sign-up to receive more information. Contact information you choose to provide will not be linked to your responses, sold or shared with organizations you did not request to connect with.

If you experience any technical difficulty while taking the survey or you have any concerns or questions about survey items, please contact Teri at Artspace.

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