Last week we posted about Dance Place’s ticket promotion for Ward 5 residents, and Dance Place is also co-sponsoring another project that will directly benefit the local area. Together, Dance Place and Artspace, a non-profit dedicated to building better arts communities, have funded a $12.5 million live/work housing complex and arts campus in Brookland, just around the corner from EYA's new townhome community in NE as you head toward the metro. The recently constructed Brooklyn Artspace Lofts provides affordable housing units doubled as workspaces for 41 artists, where artists have already begun to move in this past month. Twenty-three other live/work Artspace buildings exist across the United States, with five others currently under construction. Artists who live in these art communities typically fill their apartments with their art medium and hold walkthroughs of the entire building to the general public.
DC Art blogger Eric Hope, who will be moving to Chancellor’s Row in September, alerted us about the recent excitement regarding this arts campus. Last week, he posted a detailed article on the DC blog East City Art about the status of the project, including pictures of the nearly completed building. His blog also outlines the most up-to-date info on the status of the artists’ move-in. As the fall approaches, be sure to check out his blog for information about a community-wide open house and other local engagement initiatives!
Thank you, Eric, for all of your help with this post.
Brookland Artspace Lofts, 3305 8th Street N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017