Mission: To create, foster, and preserve affordable and sustainable spaces for artists and arts organizations.
About the Organization: Established in 1979 in Minneapolis to serve as an advocate for artists' space needs, Artspace began proactively developing affordable live/work spaces for artists in the late 1980s through the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and new construction. Today the organization constructs or restores spaces in which artists can affordably live and work, supports a national movement for equitable, artist-led community development, and works to ensure that its spaces remain accessible to artists and their families. To date the organization has developed more than fifty projects, for a total of nearly two thousand live/work units and millions of square feet of non-residential community and commercial space in more than twenty states. With satellite offices in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C., the organization offers programs in three areas: property development, asset management, and consulting services.
Current Programs: Artspace's projects in property development are focused on the design, construction, and operation of live/work apartments for artists and their families, working artist studios, arts centers, and commercial space for arts-friendly businesses. The majority of Artspace housing units are affordable for households earning at or below 60 percent of the local Area Median Income (AMI). The organization's asset management group works to ensure the long-term affordability and financial stability of its properties, while its consulting services provide feasibility studies, arts market studies, and technical assistance aimed at helping communities advance the arts through space-related strategies.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Artspace is offering pro bono consultations and technical assistance to any arts and culture organization or municipality through June 30 — including reviews of existing capital and operating budgets and potential scenarios going forward, evaluation of project priorities and timelines, thinking creatively around project resources, reviews of written fundraising materials and other communications, and coaching with respect to accessing emergency resources.
Website: Visitors to the Artspace site can check out periodically updated lists of state and national resources offering assistance for artists facing COVID-related hardships. They can also browse the artists' spaces the organization has developed, stay abreast of the latest developments, and/or support the organization's work.
Funding: Artspace's projects are funded by philanthropic gifts, program service revenue, government grants, and conventional bank financing.