Tag Archives: Affordable Work Space

Baltimore Hopes to Create Model for Safe DIY Artist Spaces

Outside Baltimore's Bell Foundry artist live/work space (Baltimore Sun)
Baltimore’s Bell Foundry, a two-story theater, art venue and live-work space, was shuttered the week after the fire in Oakland claimed the lives of 36 people. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh soon after created a task force to create a network of safe and affordable spaces for Baltimore’s artists. The task force has moved forward quickly, creating three working groups to identify artists’ space needs, study code and regulatory issues, and come up with creative financing options for new development. Read... Read more

Artists Search for Affordable Workspace in Chicago Parks

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​While artists clamor for affordable places where they can create and share their work, acres of municipal space across America sit underutilized in libraries, courthouses, schools and so on. In Chicago, plenty of that unused space is in public parks. About 230 of Chicago’s parks contain field houses, public buildings often already equipped with arts amenities like wood shops, ceramic studios and auditoriums. Now, an inventory of those spaces is available online. The Chicago Parks Art Spaces directory allows artists... Read more

Matching Affordable Housing with Affordable Working

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A new movement seeks to extend the “co-working” model into small-scale manufacturing to benefit low-income workers. While solving America’s affordable housing conundrum is a priority concern, there’s another dimension worth heavy consideration for low- and moderate-income workers, especially in trying to close wealth gaps: Affordable work space. Enter the “maker space,” shared spaces for industrial work, where people can also access shared tools, supplies, and materials. Some even offer classes and trainings to help workers sharpen their craft skills and... Read more