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Artist Space Guide

A Guide for Creating and Preserving Affordable Artist Spaces

These pages are designed to help you think through the process of creating and preserving affordable artist spaces.  This information can also be used to develop other creative spaces like maker space, incubator space, rehearsal space, communal kitchens, etc.  For simplicity’s sake, let’s call it artist space.

The process of real estate acquisition and development can be challenging for anyone, even those with experience in it.  The following resources will help both novices and experts navigate the stages of real estate development.

Getting Started

(making the case in your community, is this building right for artists? acquisition checklist)

Leasing/Owning

(residential and commercial leases, co-ops and condo structures)

Financing

(pre-development costs, proformas, tax credits, short/long-term financing)

Design and Construction

(phases of the design-build process, working with architects, builders and the code)

Managing

(marketing, selling/leasing space, subletting, governance, taxes)

 

Mass Cultural Council also co-sponsors SpaceFinder Mass, a database of available, affordable and alternative arts spaces in Massachusetts.  Designed by Fractured Atlas and co-sponsored by the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, this service lists hundreds of creative spaces for rent across the state.


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