Creative Santa Fe Collaborates with Artspace–First look into Santa Fe's potential for affordable spaces for artists

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Creative Santa Fe announces its collaboration with Artspace–American's leading nonprofit developer of affordable space for artists–and the National Endowment for the Arts to explore Santa Fe's potential for affordable spaces for artists. A public event to discuss this project will be held on May 10, 2012 at 5pm at the Lannan Meeting House in Santa Fe.

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"This is a step to keeping creative talent in our city."–Clark Hulse, Executive Director, Creative Santa Fe.

Creative Santa Fe announces that it has invited Artspace Projects, Inc., America’s leading nonprofit developer of affordable spaces for artists and creative workers, and the National Endowment for the Arts, to conduct a Community Needs and Use Assessment with artists and community members in Santa Fe. The outcome of the visit will help determine the community’s specific needs in terms of space and amenities, affordability, and location preferences for multi-use, affordable and sustainable facilities for artists.

The public is invited to attend a free informational meeting regarding a potential new arts community development in Santa Fe on Thursday, May 10, 2012, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Lannan Meeting House at 313 Read Street.

Meeting attendees will have the chance to share their thoughts and provide feedback about the proposed project and its effects on Santa Fe’s art and business communities. Ideas gathered at the meeting will be used by Artspace to gauge community support for the project. Artspace will then deliver a feasibility assessment which will be used by Creative Santa Fe and its partners to recommend next steps.

“The creative community of Santa Fe has expressed a need for this for several years. Now is the time to imagine what role affordable workspaces can play,” said Clark Hulse, Executive Director, Creative Santa Fe. “This is a step to keeping creative talent in our city.”

“Artspace is thrilled to be working in Santa Fe,” said Wendy Holmes, the nonprofit’s Senior Vice President of Consulting and Strategic Partnerships. “As a cultural destination, Santa Fe is one of America’s great success stories. But for many Santa Fe artists, finding affordable space has become increasingly difficult.”

The Artspace visit coincides with Creative Santa Fe’s program, “Evolve or Die?” which inaugurates its Imagined Futures: Santa Fe Series. “Evolve or Die?”is scheduled for 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Saturday, May 12 at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, and features leading experts on the role of arts and culture in driving the development of cities worldwide. Tickets for “Evolve or Die?” cost $10 and are available at http://www.ticketssantafe.org.

Sponsors for this event include Avalon Trust, City of Santa Fe, Hotel Santa Fe, National Endowment for the Arts, Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

For press inquiries and to receive a media pass to the Saturday morning Artspace event, please contact Jennifer Hobson 505 603 8643; when arriving at the Lannan Meeting House, look for the Creative Santa Fe: Imagined Futures sign.

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About Artspace Projects, Inc.-- The mission of Artspace Projects, Inc. is to create, foster and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations. The organization pursues 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 Projects, Inc. supports the continued professional growth of artists and enhances the cultural and economic vitality of the surrounding community.

About IF: Imagined Futures—Launched in 2012, IF: Imagined Futures is an initiative of the nonprofit, Creative Santa Fe. IF: Imagined Futures is a series of events and workshops culminating in an annual international conference that will explore the important role of culture in urban economies worldwide. The mission of IF: Imagined Futures is to generate ideas about how arts and culture can provide cultural, social and economic benefits for Santa Fe and cities everywhere.

About Creative Santa Fe—Creative Santa Fe (CrSF) is an independent nonprofit dedicated to the growth and vitality of the region’s creative economy that works to promote the city’s unique position as an international leader in enhancing urban life through the arts, sciences and other cultural endeavors. It was founded in 2005, after an economic development plan commissioned by the City of Santa Fe recommended a strong strategic focus on Santa Fe’s “creative industries.” A follow-up study by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research confirmed the importance of these industries to Santa Fe’s economy—a $1.1 billion a year industry.

For more information, please visit http://www.creativesantafe.org or contact:
Creative Santa Fe
314 Read Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505
505.989.9934
info(at)creativesantafe(dot)org

For press inquiries:
Jennifer Hobson, JLH Media
505.603.8643
Jennifer(at)jlhmedia(dot)com
http://www.jlhmedia.com

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