The Minneapolis-based arts organization picked to take over Montgomery County’s former 3rd District police station in Silver Spring plans 30 artist studios, 1,500 square feet of retail, 68 apartment units and 11 town homes on the site.
Minneapolis-based developer Artspace wants to turn the old 3rd District Police Station on Sligo Avenue in downtown Silver Spring into artist work space, in addition to adding 68 apartments in a new, four-story building and 11 townhomes.
At the Elgin Artspace Lofts, young Allison Apmann, the daughter of property manager Kathy Apmann, greeted guests, offered refreshments, stamped passports and explained the "Ugly Sweater" ornament craft.
When Artspace was founded in 1979, our role was to help artists find affordable places to live and work, which was largely achievable as long as artists were willing to move every six to 12 months. But we believed that artists sacrifice a tremendous amount in order to create their work, and that the work they create adds value and meaning to our lives. We believed that artists deserve better than living under constant threat of eviction, and that the only way we could provide greater stability was to create and own affordable housing specifically dedicated for artists.
Nicodemus, principal of Metris Arts Consulting, is a leading voice in arts and community development. Check out her recent thoughts on the state of creative placemaking. (Originally published in the Grantmakers in the Arts Reader, Vol 23. No 2., Summer 2012).
Sailboat Bend resident artist Nerissa Street demystifies "The Lucky Break" that has traditionally separated prosperous artists from starving ones, and explains that it is not just what happens "when preparation meets opportunity," as Seneca says, but an essential, yet subtly elusive shift in mindset that must take place before any commercial success follows.