Affordable Space for Creatives
Our shared space projects, like Acme Art Works lasted 8 years. The dynamics of gentrification is now overtaking our projects in just 4 years. NNWAC produced four years of programs in the St Paul space from August 2008 until April 2012. It was a great run, presenting film, visual arts, music and theater, but the space was limited, needed too much renovation and lacked ADA access.
What comes next? Is Wicker Park over for artists? We are forming a cooperative approach, with a vision to own a storefront space of 8,000 square feet, convenient to public transportation and provide studio, gallery and workshop space.
NNWAC research studies Include:
2014 Bronzeville Artist Lofts Incubator Business Plan
2011 Creative Community Artist Work/Live Condominium Project
2008 Neighborhood Cultural Center feasibility study
2006 Creative Community, Wicker Park Bucktown
2003 Critical Issues Chicago Artists
1996 Arts as Business, Artists Survey
1995 Working Together, West Town Arts Economic Impact Study