250 Third Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Artspace's mission is to create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations. We pursue this mission through development projects, asset management activities, consulting services, and community-building activities that serve artists and arts organizations of all disciplines, cultures, and economic circumstances. By creating this space, Artspace supports the continued professional growth of artists and enhances the cultural and economic vitality of the surrounding community.
- Artspace programs fall in three broad categories: property development, asset management, and
- Property Development: Developing projects typically involve the adaptive reuse or older buildings, but can also involve new construction projects.
- Asset Management: Artspace owns or co-owns all the buildings it develops in order to ensure properties are well-maintained while remaining affordable for the low- and moderate-income artists that were developed for.
- National Consulting: Artspace consults for communities, organizations, and individuals that are seeking information and advice about developing affordable housing and work space for artists, performing arts centers, and cultural districts. Many times consulting projects fall within the context of historic preservation.
- Performance Property Management: To further the specific needs of its Twin Cities properties, in 1998 Artspace started its own subsidiary property management agency, Performance Property Management Company.
- Resource Development: As a nonprofit that relies on contributed as well as earned income, Artspace cultivates relationships with the foundation and corporate philanthropic communities, as well as local, state, and federal governmental agencies, in communities across the country.
Artspace serves artists that are seeking affordable space in which to work. Nearly all clients are low-income with 30% being under 50% of median income, and 68% being between 50% and 75% of median income. Approximately 2% are American Indian, 6% Pacific Islander, 2% Hispanic, 11% African American, and 79% white. Approximately 60% are women.
Artspace has created and preserved affordable space for artists and arts organizations across the country. Since 1979, the organization has developed 846 units, with another 498 units in development.
In 2006, seeking to revitalize downtown Council Bluffs, the Iowa West Foundation invited Artspace to explore the feasibility of transforming an old International Harvester warehouse into an affordable live/work project for artists. The foundation’s executive director, J. Todd Graham, was familiar with Artspace and our work from his days as head of Seattle’s South Downtown Foundation when the Tashiro Kaplan Artists Lofts were in development. Full Story