Monday July 27, 2015 0 comments
LOVELAND -- Gov. John Hickenlooper today joined Colorado artists and economic developers to announce the first state-driven initiative in the nation for affordable housing for artists called Space to Create, Colorado.
The new program will develop affordable housing and work space for artists and arts organizations as well as position Colorado as the nation’s leader in artist-led community transformation in rural creative place-making.
“Housing and economic development are vital needs in rural Colorado, and the Space to Create initiative advances both of these issues by harnessing the power of the public, private and philanthropic sectors as well as the creative community to activate historic spaces and elevate rural economies,” Hickenlooper said.
The effort is being led by the Colorado Office of Economic Development's Colorado Creative Industries, DOLA, History Colorado, Boettcher Foundation and Artspace.
A total of nine projects will be launched in eight regions in Colorado’s rural, small town and mountain communities over the next eight years.
Each project will be customized to meet community needs for workforce housing and commercial space for artists and creative entrepreneurs.
The first project will launch later this year in Trinidad, with other regions prioritized based on readiness, public support, commitment of local resources and housing demands.
ArtSpace, a leader in artist-led community transformation, will act as lead consultant with Colorado Creative Industries.
The announcement was made at Artspace Loveland, which has 30 occupied housing units for artists and their families and a waiting list of more than 100.