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Artspace Tampa

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. 

CURRENT POSITION:
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.

Download the Arts Market Study report of findings from 2021

Artspace Tampa Arts Market Study survey results event, October 7, 2021

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Artspace Projects’ Tampa Arts Market Study (AMS) Executive Summary

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.

Survey Respondent Profile

1,159 total survey respondents!

Of those interested in live/work artist housing:

0 %
report qualifying at 80% or below Area Median Income (AMI).
0 %
report qualifying at 60% or below Area Median Income (AMI).
0 %
report qualifying at 30% or below Area Median Income (AMI).
  • 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.

Space Needs Overview

90% indicated an interest in at least one type of creative space in Tampa. Of these:

0 %
are interested in relocating to affordable artists’ live/work housing.
0 %
are interested in private studio space.
0 %
58% are interested in renting shared creative space.

For the location of live/work housing, respondents are most interested in:

Seminole Heights 54%
Downtown 52%
Ybor City 49%

Note: Location is influenced by these preferences but will ultimately be determined by cost, feasibility, and securing Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC).

ARTSPACE PROJECTS' RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • 89-128 units of affordable artist live/work housing for households qualifying at or below 60% of AMI, or 110-149 units qualifying at or below 80% of AMI in Tampa.
  • Up to 100 private studio spaces in addition to live/work housing, with at least 2/3 of the spaces leased at $1.00psf or less. (There is demand for $1.00psf or greater as well.)

Following these results and with the encouragement of Artspace Projects, Artspace Tampa Initiative is moving forward to the next project phase, Pre-Development I.

PRESS

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.

HISTORY

Grassroots initative takes shape

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. 

PEOPLE

Artspace Tampa Initiative
Steering Committee

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

Artspace Tampa Initiative
Core Group

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

Robert Miles

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

THANK YOU TO OUR:

DONORS

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