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What to Consider when Advocating for Artist Space Development
The Urban Institute recently released two reports about the development of artist spaces. Artist Space Development: Making the Case and Artist Space Development: Financing were commissioned by Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), as a part of its National Artists Space Initiative. The research addresses the development process, support systems, key players, finance strategies and challenges for the development of artist spaces.
Artist Space Development: Making the Case was based on 23 case studies of prominent artist space projects in Detroit, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seattle and Tucson, where cases for support needed to be made to a range of gatekeepers. Based on these case studies, the report addresses how to advocate for artist space developments within the context of other policy priorities, such as art, community development and urban revitalization. The report details an approach to the subject by illustrating the following: what to consider when advocating for artist space, challenges and potential barriers for development, how to position artist space projects, the effects of artist space development and current shortcomings in the documentation and accountability of artists' spaces.
The research concludes that artist space development has momentum because the number of developments is increasing and interest in pursuing projects is on the rise. Artist space development currently benefits from a base of allies that identify the positive role and value of artists in society. The report warns that to ensure the issue of artist space is not just a passing fad in the context of community development, urban policy and civic-minded business, that efforts must be made to ensure that artist space development is a routine part of how people think of healthy communities and economies. To this end, work must continue to fully articulate the role and positive contributions of artists, and creativity in general, in communities and society.
Source: Maria Rosario Jackson and Florence Kabwasa-Green. Artist Space Development: Making the Case. Urban Institute. 2007. http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=1001176
For More Information: Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC): http://lincnet.net/
Christopher Walker. Artist Space Development: Financing. Urban Institute. 2007. http://www.urban.org/publications/1001175.html