Artspace Projects, Inc
Artspace Projects, Inc is a national nonprofit organization with headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and offices in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington DC in the United States specializing in creative placemaking. The organization's goal is to serve as a catalyst for community transformation by providing affordable live/work space to artists and arts organizations. Artspace has developed more than 33 projects around the country and represents a $500 million investment in America's arts infrastructure, whose facilities provide more than 2,000 affordable live/work units for artists and their families as well as a million square feet of non-residential space for artists, arts organizations and creative enterprises.
Artspace's mission is to create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations.
Artspace’s first three live/work projects were in St. Paul: the Northern Warehouse Artists' Cooperative (1990), Frogtown Family Lofts (1992), and Tilsner Artists’ Cooperative (1993). Since then, Artspace has expanded its range of activities to include live/work projects in Duluth, Minnesota (Washington Studios, 1995); Pittsburgh (Spinning Plate Artist Lofts, 1998); Portland, Oregon (Everett Station Lofts, 1998); Reno, Nevada (Riverside Artist Lofts, 2000); Galveston, Texas (National Hotel Artist Lofts, 2001); Chicago (Switching Station Artist Lofts, 2003); Seattle (Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts, 2004); Fergus Falls, Minnesota (Kaddatz Artist Lofts, 2004); Bridgeport, Connecticut (Read's Artspace, 2004); Mount Rainier, Maryland (Mount Rainier Artist Lofts, 2005); Houston (Elder Street Artist Lofts, 2005); Buffalo (Artspace Buffalo Lofts, 2007); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Artspace Sailboat Bend Lofts, 2007); Seattle (Artspace HiawathaLofts, 2008); Brainerd, Minnesota (Franklin Arts Center, 2008); Santa Cruz, California (Artspace Tannery Lofts, 2009); Everett, Washington (Artspace Everett Lofts, 2010); Patchogue, New York (Artspace Patchogue Lofts, 2011) and Washington, D.C. (Brookland Artspace Lofts, 2011).
Current projects include: Ola Ka 'Llima Artspace Lofts in Honolulu, HI; Bell School Arts Campus in New Orleans, LA; City Hall Artist Lofts in Dearborn, MI; Uptown Artist Lofts in Michigan City, IN; Artspace Loveland in Loveland, CO; Artspace Hamilton Lofts in Hamilton, OH; South Main Artspace Lofts in Memphis, TN; El Barrio's Artspace PS109 in New York, NY; Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts in Seattle, WA; Minot Artspace Lofts in Minot, ND; Artspace Jackson ("Jac") Flats in Northeast Minneapolis, MN; Karcher Artspace Lofts in Waukegan, IL; and Elgin Artspace Lofts in Elgin, IL.
In all, these projects represent more than 2,000 live/work units.
Established in 1979 to serve as an advocate for artists’ space needs, Artspace effectively fulfilled that mission for nearly a decade. By the late 1980s, however, it was clear that the problem required a more proactive approach, and Artspace made the leap from advocate to developer. Since then, the scope of Artspace's activities has grown dramatically. Artspace is now a national leader in the field of developing affordable space that meets the needs of artists through the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and new construction.
Artspace’s first three live/work projects were in Saint Paul: the Northern Warehouse Artists’ Cooperative (1990), Frogtown Family Lofts (1992), and Tilsner Artists’ Cooperative (1993). In the mid-1990s, Artspace broadened its mission to include non-residential projects. The first of these, the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art (1995), transformed an historic bakery in the Minneapolis Warehouse District into 24 studios for mid-career artists.
Since then, Artspace has expanded its range of activities to include projects in operation or development in 21 states across the nation. In all, these projects represent nearly 2,000 live/work units and millions of square feet of non-residential community and commercial space. Artspace has evolved from a Minnesota organization with a few national projects into a truly national organization based in the Twin Cities, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans and Washington DC.
Artspace programs fall in three broad categories: property development, asset management and national consulting.
- Development projects, which typically involve the adaptive reuse of older buildings but can also involve new construction, are the most visible of Artspace’s activities. To date, we have completed 33 major projects. A dozen more are under construction or in the development pipeline. Artspace live/work projects are operating from coast to coast.
- Artspace owns or co-owns all the buildings it develops; our portfolio now comprises more than $500 million worth of real property. We strive to manage our properties so that they will be well-maintained yet remain affordable to the low- and moderate-income artists for whom they were developed in the first place. Revenues in excess of expenses are set aside for preventive maintenance, commons area improvements, and building upgrades.
- In addition to its roles as developer, owner, and manager, Artspace acts as a consultant to communities, organizations, and individuals seeking information and advice about developing affordable housing and work space for artists, performing arts centers, and cultural districts, often within the context of historic preservation.
1979 – The Minneapolis City Council and the Minneapolis Arts Commission form Artspace to assist artists in finding space in the Warehouse District of Minneapolis
1986 – Artspace transforms from an advocacy organization to a non-profit real estate organization whose mission is to “create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations.” Kelley Lindquist is hired as its first President and CEO
1989 – Artspace is the first organization in the country to use the Low Income Housing Tax Credit as the basis for financing of its first affordable live/work project, the Northern Warehouse Artists’ Cooperative in Lowertown St. Paul, Minnesota
1995 – Artspace expands its scope and develops affordable studio-only space with the completion of the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art in Minneapolis
1996 – Artspace spread its wings to become a statewide developer of affordable live/work space by completing the Washington Studios in Duluth, Minnesota
1998 – Artspace branches out to become a national real estate developer with its project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Spinning Plate Artist Lofts
1999 – Artspace embarks on its most ambitious project to date, with the move of the Shubert Theater (the largest building in the world ever moved on rubber tires) and its conversion into a center for Minnesota dance and music excellence to be called The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
2000-2004 – Artspace continues its expansion as a national organization, developing live/work projects in Reno, Nevada (Riverside Artist Lofts); Galveston, Texas (National Hotel Artist Lofts); Chicago (Switching Station Artist Lofts); Seattle (Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts) and Bridgeport, Connecticut (Read's Artspace)
2004-2008 – Artspace once again stretches into greater Minnesota by completing the Kaddatz Artist Lofts in Fergus Falls and Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd
2005 – Artspace takes over the historic Grain Belt Studios in Minneapolis and restructures them into viable centers of creativity for artists and creative entrepreneurs
2005-2009 – Artspace develops the Mount Rainier Artist Lofts in Mt. Rainier, Maryland; Elder Street Artist Lofts in Houston, Texas; Artspace Buffalo Lofts in Buffalo, New York and Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2009 – Artspace completes its largest housing development to date, the Artspace Tannery Lofts in Santa Cruz, California, which provides 100 units of affordable live/work space for artists
2010 – Artspace completes the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, a place for art that requires high heat, spark or flame, in South Minneapolis
2010 – 2012 – Artspace develops projects in Everett, Washington; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Patchogue, New York; Washington, DC; Elgin, Illinois and Waukegan, Illinois
2011 – Artspace completes construction on The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, the project that began with the move of the historic Shubert Theater in 1999. The Cowles is a three building complex that supports Minnesota dance, music, and various other arts organizations with administrative, rehearsal, education and performance space
2012 - The Digital Media and Creative Arts Center, Phase 2 of the Tannery project, opens in Santa Cruz, representing Artspace's first full "arts campus"
2012 – Within one week in October, Artspace celebrates groundbreakings for the Artspace Minot Lofts in Minot, North Dakota and El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 in New York City
2012 - Artspace breaks ground on their first ever live/work project in Minneapolis - Artspace Jackson Flats
2013 – Artspace, headquartered in Minneapolis, with offices in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Washington DC, is recognized as the national leader in Creative Placemaking, with 32 completed projects across the country and projects in development in New York; Honolulu; New Orleans; Dearborn, Michigan; Memphis, Tennessee; El Paso, Texas; Loveland, Colorado; Monterey, California; Michigan City, Indiana; Minot, North Dakota; Hamilton, Ohio; Seattle and Minneapolis