28 Jul Gov. Hickenlooper announces new affordable housing program for Colorado artists
Governor John Hickenlooper today joined Colorado artists and economic developers to announce the first state-driven initiative in the U.S. for affordable housing for artists: Space to Create, Colorado. The new program will develop affordable housing and work space for artists and arts organizations, as well as position Colorado as the nation’s leader in artist-led community transformation in rural creative placemaking. The effort is led by the Colorado Office of Economic Development’s Colorado Creative Industries, DOLA, History Colorado, Boettcher Foundation and Artspace.
“Housing and economic development are vital needs in rural Colorado, and the Space to Create initiative advances both of these issues by harnessing the power of the public, private and philanthropic sectors, as well as the creative community, to activate historic spaces and elevate rural economies,” said Gov. Hickenlooper.
Space to Create, Colorado will advance mixed-use projects that blend affordable live/work space for artists and their families with non-residential space for creative enterprises and organizations that serve a critical community need. A total of nine projects will be launched in eight regions in Colorado’s rural, small town and mountain communities over the next eight years. Each project will be customized to meet community needs for workforce housing and commercial space for artists and creative entrepreneurs. The first demonstration project will launch this year in Trinidad. After that, regions of the state will be prioritized based on readiness, public will, commitment of local resources and housing demands.
“The Space to Create initiative will unite affordable housing with creative workspaces and community-use facilities to create an important catalyst for economic development in Colorado’s rural communities,” said Boettcher Foundation President Tim Schultz.