The work of Minneapolis-based
is featured in a recent Nola.com story
about the rise of artist live/work spaces in New Orleans and elsewhere.
Artspace is a nonprofit organization that develops affordable space for
artists and arts organizations all over the country.
The group plans to convert the Andrew J. Bell Junior High School
Property in New Orleans into a $40 million home for artists--one of a
number of similar developments taking place across the city, the story states.
These kinds of developments are appealing to many artists because
they're often affordable and offer gallery space, built-in community, and
other professional opportunities, it explains.
Wendy Holmes, senior vice president of consulting for Artspace, is
quoted in the article, saying that it makes sense because "Artists bring
a lot to the table."
A strong artist community can improve a city's tax base and turn around
struggling neighborhoods. "Artist communities re-energize neighborhoods.
And even though we're all businesspeople it's not always about the
bottom line. It's about community engagement," she says.