What We Do

Our mission is to create, foster, and preserve affordable and sustainable space for artists and arts organizations.

Create

Artspace uses the tools of real estate development to construct or restore places where artists can affordably live and work.

Properties in Development

Foster

Artspace supports and contributes to an accelerating national movement of equitable, artist-led community development.

Consulting Services

Preserve

Artspace ensures that its spaces remain accessible to artists and their families in perpetuity. 

Properties Now Leasing

 

We also help artists through artist programs & publications of what we know.

FAQs About Our Projects

 

At present, we own and operate some 50 projects across the country, with more on the way. Most are live/work or mixed-use buildings comprised of more than 1,000 residential units. Our portfolio is rounded out with non-residential projects that provide space for artists and cultural organizations.

A live/work project is a residential building in which each dwelling has extra space (100 to 150 square feet) that the artist can use as a studio. Live/work units by Artspace have consistent design elements, such as high ceilings, large windows, durable surfaces, and wide doorways. These spaces are designed to accommodate and foster a variety of creative processes. Artspace live/work projects also include common spaces such as galleries, meeting rooms, and green space that encourage tenant engagement, cooperation, and community involvement. Most Artspace live/work projects are mixed-use buildings with housing on the upper floors and non-residential space on the lower floors.

Communities interested in pursuing an Artspace project invite our consulting staff to assess the feasibility of developing a project. In an average year we make 15 to 20 feasibility visits to cities around the country; of these, two to four typically lead to projects. Our decisions are primarily based on the feasibility and viability of the project, as well as community support and engagement.

Artspace projects normally span four to seven years.

First, we are committed to community engagement as an essential part of the development process. Each Artspace project is built to address the unique needs of a specific community. We believe that the key to a successful project is taking the time to observe and listen to artists, civic leaders, and other stakeholders in the community. Second, we research and build relationships with a variety of public and private funding sources. Though this can be a time-consuming process, it has an important upside: Artspace projects are fully supported and funded at the time of groundbreaking.

We access public funding sources including those available for the creation of affordable housing, economic development, historic preservation, and cultural facility development. Private sector funding includes conventional bank financing as well as individual and community philanthropic support.

If you are currently a residential or commercial tenant in an Artspace building with a concern about your property, please contact the property's asset manager or the local property manager. Contact information for your property's asset manager and/or property manager can be found on the individual property page.