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Artspace to Release Market Survey Results

Arkansas Arts Council - Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Artspace will reveal findings of an arts market survey Jan. 29.Find out the results of a massive Arts Market Study for Central Arkansas during the free “Artspace Soiree” and reveal party at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center at 501 W. Ninth St. in Little Rock!

“The Arkansas Arts Council is pleased to be part of a project that supports efforts to bring affordable living and work spaces to artists in Little Rock and North Little Rock,” said Patrick Ralston, director of the Arkansas Arts Council. “Artists are the backbone of our state’s creative economy, and we are excited about the possibility to further enhance and support the arts and artists of Arkansas.”

Artspace, which is a nonprofit real estate development and management organization, will release the results of the study during the free event. More than 800 people completed the survey over the course of several months last year. The number of respondents surpassed expectations, officials said.

“The fact that so many Arkansans showed enough interest and conviction in the arts to complete the market survey shows the extraordinary dedication they have in helping artists stay in Little Rock and North Little Rock,” Ralston said.

Artspace staff will make recommendations and talk about the community’s specific needs during the Jan. 29 event. Discussions will include amenities, affordability and location preferences for multi-use, affordable and sustainable facilities for artists and arts organizations, according to the news release from Artspace.

“Plan to come join us to hear what the survey participants think are the most important areas for consideration when developing and designing a possible multi-use facility,” said Patricia Forgy, executive director of Windgate Foundation. The Foundation provided support for the Arts Market Study. “An Artspace project in our area would be a great asset as a way to both support our creative community and further encourage social and economic growth.”

Artspace initiatives already are underway or under consideration in four cities in Northwest Arkansas. One Artspace facility also operates in Memphis. The most-recent survey looks at placing facilities in Little Rock and North Little Rock.

“We are extremely impressed with the breadth and depth of the creative community and the passion and drive from both cities, civic leaders and artists alike,” said Wendy Holmes, senior vice president of consulting and strategic partnerships at Artspace.“Needless to say, Artspace is excited to reveal the findings of our work and to talk about next steps.”

The public event is free and includes entertainment, food and beverages. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the presentation begins at 6 p.m. More information is available on Facebook.

 

 

More than 200 people crowded into the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center on a hot July evening last year to hear plans to bring affordable living and work spaces to Central Arkansas artists. The event introduced Artspace, and set the stage for the September kick-off event that started the market survey on the arts in Central Arkansas.