Attention all artists, arts and culture organizations, creative community members, businesses, arts enthusiasts, and supporters of the arts!
Tampa’s renaissance is energizing a range of opportunities for diverse local creative artists and arts organizations to enhance the cultural elements of Tampa’s national brand. A critical boost for our arts scene would be more affordable space for diverse artists in various disciplines to live and work in Tampa. The Tampa Arts Alliance champions the building of affordable live/work spaces for artists by regularly engaging with developers, real estate leaders., and elected officials.
Our Artspace Tampa Initiative aims to build an independent facility that always stays affordable as the city grows.
Pre-Development I has been funded and kicks-off in August 2022. This phase will determine the project location and size. The process typically takes 3-6 months. Learn more about this project phase by viewing our fundraising concept paper here.
To date, more than 35 individuals and organizations have donated to this initiative- thank you!
Donate to support Pre-Development II here.
Energized by the positive results of the Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) in January 2021, Artspace Tampa Initiative quickly engaged Artspace Projects in the next phase toward building an Artspace facility in Tampa – the Arts Market Study (AMS). The AMS was informed by an online public survey that collected anonymous data from the local creative community to help determine the scale and scope of the project.
The AMS data demonstrates strong demand for a mixed-use, artist live/work project in the model of an Artspace Project in Tampa. Because the space need is strong and varied, multiple project models and space solutions can be explored by local stakeholders.
1,159 total survey respondents!
Of those interested in live/work artist housing:
Wide representation of arts, cultural, and creative industries, as well as a mix of races and ethnicities as self-reported by respondents.
76% of respondents who are Tampa residents interested in affordable live/work housing have considered leaving Tampa, but 95% of them would be encouraged to stay for this opportunity.
90% indicated an interest in at least one type of creative space in Tampa. Of these:
For the location of live/work housing, respondents are most interested in:
Note: Location is influenced by these preferences but will ultimately be determined by cost, feasibility, and securing Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC).
Following these results and with the encouragement of Artspace Projects, Artspace Tampa Initiative is moving forward to the next project phase, Pre-Development I.
Nonprofit Artspace looking to develop live-work concept for Tampa artists, March 31, 2021, Creative Loafing
New Artspace in Tampa? You can help decide by taking the Arts Market Study survey now, March 30, 2021, 83 Degrees
Art in Your Ear 2021-03-26, March 26, 2021, 88.5 WMNF
Investing in Creativity and Celebrating Community, March 17, 2021, On the Record with Sarina Fazan
Artspace eyes Tampa for next project supporting artists, September 25, 2020, 83 Degrees
Big Picture: Mathew Richter, Executive Director of Seattle’s Cultural Space Agency, discusses the importance and impact of affordable live-work spaces for artists. Café con Tampa, 2020.
In 2020 Artspace Tampa Initiative was formed by local arts advocates, artists and local leaders. They formed a Steering Committee, chose Tempus Projects as their fiscal agent and engaged the consulting team of Artspace Projects, Inc., the nation’s leading nonprofit developer of affordable living/work space for artists and arts organizations, to help build an Artspace facility in Tampa.
The consulting team at Artspace Projects concluded a Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) for Tampa in January 2021. An executive summary of their findings is here; the complete PFS is available to download here; and a recording of the virtual presentation of these findings is here. Energized by the positive results of the PFS, Artspace Tampa Initiative and Artspace Projects conducted an Arts Market Study (AMS), informed by data gathered in an online public survey. The AMS survey collected anonymous data from the local creative community to help inform the scale and scope of the project.
The AMS survey closed on May 6, 2021 garnering an excellent response of 1,159 surveys taken.
Artspace Consulting processed and assessed the survey data to produce a final report: the Arts Market Study (here) and accompanying Technical Report (here). An Executive Summary is below, and a presentation of these findings took place on October 7, 2021 via Zoom – a recording of the event is available here.
In November 2021, the Steering Committee voted to seek support of the Tampa Arts Alliance to house the project, allowing for continued growth and project advancement.
In January 2022, the Vinik Family Foundation announced proceeds from their innovative immersive art installation “Tampa Fresh Foods” would be given to the Tampa Arts Alliance to benefit Artspace Tampa. These funds were matched by the Gobioff Foundation. By June 2022, the leadership of these foundations and donations from passionate individuals completed fundraising efforts necessary to start Pre-Development I.
Currently the initiative is identifying a building site (the process typically takes 3-6 months) while raising funds for due diligence of the selected site.
Neil Gobioff, Gobioff Foundation | Steering Committee Chair
Erin Aebel, Trenam Law
Tonja Brickhouse, retired United States Air Force Colonel & former Department Director, City of Tampa
Peter Lefferts, former executive of Citicorp & American Express
Tracy Midulla, Founder/Director, Tempus Projects
Ned Pope, Agile Thought
Lisa Reeves, SeaSalt Properties
Michael Tomor, Penny and Jeff Vinik Executive Director, Tampa Museum of Art
Aislinn Stone | Tampa Museum of Art
Janette Berrios, Symphonic Distribution
Brad Cooke, Strategic Property Partners
Emily Ghosh, Soul Media
Eileen Goldenberg, Artist
Andrea Graham, Stageworks Theatre
Sheree Greer, Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center
Alex Harris, Arts Conservatory for Teens
Wendy Leigh, Unity of Tampa, Producer, Arts Administrator
Margaret Miller, USF College of The Arts
Robin Nigh, City of Tampa
Paula Nuñez, Tampa City Ballet
Cynthia Rogers, Consultant
Selina Roman, Artist
Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, Artist
Emiliano Settecasi, Artist
Alex Sink, Former Florida CFO
Ann-Eliza Musoke Taylor, Yates & Taylor Law
Susana Weymouth, Florida Orchestra Chief Development Officer
Jessica Todd, Artist