How would a researcher go about assessing the impacts of an artist space on
resident artists and arts organizations as well as the surrounding neighborhood? This was
the very real question Artspace Projects, Inc, commissioned me to address through this
paper. The paper’s findings are directly relevant to Artspace, but will also be of interest
to academics studying the impacts of arts and culture, other artist space developers and
advocates, and Artspace’s stakeholders, including funders and municipalities.
The term artist space covers residential, studio, administrative and programming
space for individual artists and arts organizations and includes everything from a theatre
to a live-work artist loft. Artspace has developed a range of artist spaces but specializes
in redeveloping large vacant buildings whose prior uses include industrial sites, schools,
hotels and auto dealerships into mixed-use, artist live-work spaces. Artspace seeks to
measure and document the social, economic and physical impacts of its developments on
resident artists and arts organizations and the surrounding neighborhoods. These impacts
can include everything from artists gaining opportunities to share equipment, to new
businesses opening up in the neighborhood, to reductions in crime rates.
Gadwa, Anne. (2009). Evaluating the Impacts of Artspace Project's Developments: A Roadmap For Moving Forward. Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Professional Paper.
professional paper for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning Degree
Evaluating the Impacts of Artspace Project's Developments: A Roadmap For Moving Forward.
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
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