Artspace began working with the Mesa community in 2012 to explore the feasibility of an Artspace live/work project, due to strong local momentum for the arts as a strategy for downtown development. Over a six month period, Artspace and local partners conducted five community meetings and launched a city-wide arts market survey (which received feedback from more than 660 artists). What emerged through the six month community-inspired process, and collaboration with the city were many of the ideas that informed plans for the Mesa Artspace Lofts.
In operation since the Summer of 2018, the Mesa Artspace Lofts includes 50 units of live/work space for artists and their families. Unit rents serve households below 60% of area median income levels.