Artspace, America’s leading nonprofit real estate developer for the arts, will give a free presentation on their artist live/work housing projects around the country on Wednesday, April 13, at 6:30pm at City Theater in downtown Biddeford. The presentation will offer development examples that could be emulated throughout Maine. There will be a question and answer period after the presentation. On Thursday, April 14, starting at 10:30am, there will be a potential site tour, beginning with the Riverdam Millyard at 24 Pearl Street.
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In addition to the public presentation and discussion, ArtSpace will meet with a group of downtown Biddeford property owners in order to explore potential sites for the development of artist live/work housing.
ArtSpace was established in 1979 with a mission to “to create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations.”
“Finding and retaining affordable live/work space,” says Artspace, “is an age-old problem for artists, painters, sculptors, dancers, and others who require an abundance of well-lit space in which to work.”
Engine, a community arts nonprofit in Biddeford, is working with private developers and municipal officials to advance the creative economy in downtown Biddeford. Many downtowns have enjoyed a renaissance, thanks to artists and creative people creating a new economy surrounding arts and entertainment.
“We believe that commerce follows culture,” says Tammy Ackerman, executive director of Engine, “and we’re excited to learn how Artspace’s decades of good work might inform a new artistic renaissance here in Biddeford.”
The presentation is sponsored by Engine, in partnership with the City Theater, the University of New England and the Heart of Biddeford in the Creative Communities=Economic Development Consortium, an intiative funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information on the event, or to schedule an interview, please contact Tammy Ackerman at Engine: 207-229-3560.