DEARBORN — Artspace, a national organization dedicated to creating affordable arts spaces, will begin a survey of local artists Nov. 9 to determine the parameters of an artist live/work project in the city.
Artspace, along with the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, will host a public event to kick off the survey from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 13615 Michigan Ave. Representatives from Artspace will give a short presentation and answer questions. There is no charge and all are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
“Artists are catalysts for positive change in neighborhoods,” authority Executive Director Michael Bewick said. “This survey is the next step we need to continue to effectively support our creative class. Dearborn is fortunate to have so many community partners coming together for the common good of building the number of live/work spaces for local artists.”
Community partners include the EDDDA, the city of Dearborn, the Dearborn Community Fund, Dearborn Chamber of Commerce, the Artists Society of Dearborn and the Dearborn Symphony.
The survey runs through Jan. 4 and can be found at www.artspacedearborn.org. Once the survey is complete, Artspace will work within the community to determine a final location, size and layout for the project and to raise funds to begin construction.
In June, Artspace conducted a two-day visit to Dearborn to tour potential sites and met with arts, civic and business leaders to discuss the feasibility of an Artspace project. In July, Artspace and the EDDDA released a report that recommended conducting the artist market survey.
For more information go to www.artspacedearborn.org, www.eastdowntowndearborn, or call (313) 943-3194.