Ridgway Space to Create Arts Market Study Recommendations and Technical Report

 

RIDGWAY SPACE TO CREATE FACT SHEET

(June 2017)

BACKGROUND:

Space to Create Colorado announced that Ridgway had been selected as the Space to Create community for Southwest Colorado last August (2016). This statewide initiative stimulates community and economic development in rural, small town and mountain communities by providing long-term affordable and financially sustainable workforce housing and working spaces for creative sector employment. Local organizational partners in Ridgway Space to Create are: Telluride Foundation, Region 10, Ouray County Housing Advisory Council, San Miguel Power Association, Weehawken Creative Arts and the Ridgway Chautauqua Society. A preliminary feasibility study was delivered by Artspace in January 2017, including the input of more than 100 community members who participated in focus groups. The report from that study can be found on the Town’s website at www.town.ridgway.co.us and under the Space to Create tab at www.ridgwaycreativedistrict.com.

ARTS MARKET SURVEY COMPLETED:

After months of work by volunteers from the Ridgway Space to Create Outreach Committee, Town and Artspace staff, the Ridgway Space to Create Arts Market Survey went live on January 31st, 2017. A celebratory event at the Sherbino, the Survey Soirée, kicked off the survey period with 75 people in attendance, music, food, drink, and a presentation by Artspace staff. A major promotional campaign in Ouray County and the region netted well over 400 survey responses, meeting the outreach target, between January 31st and March 28th. Statistical data from the survey creates a foundation for discussion about the needs of the community and region, as well as informing the scale, design and uses of the facility. Currently, Artspace is analyzing data which will be used to create a final feasibility report, to be published in July. That report will be made available at the same online locations as the preliminary report (see above paragraph).

PREDEVELOPMENT PHASE BEGINNING:

Projects of this nature require up-front effort to identify potential funding sources based on the scope of the project. Space to Create Colorado will assist with this predevelopment process; the funding available through these partners does not cover the costs of the full project. Survey results and high-level discussions with Town Council, local- and state-level partners will point to the scope and direction of the project, as yet undetermined. This will be a relatively quiet period for the public, after heavy involvement during the arts market survey phase.

RESPONSES TO COMMON QUESTIONS:

Is this only an affordable housing project?

Ridgway Space to Create is planned to include long-term affordable housing for creative individuals, broadly defining the term "creative," and workforce housing. The facility could also contain private and/or community studio space(s), commercial spaces, and other types of space. Survey data and funding options will inform the types of affordable housing built.

Will this facility be an art gallery?

Ridgway Space to Create could contain an art gallery, if that’s what the survey data and the planning process determines this community needs in the project. There are many possible uses for the space to be built, not simply an art gallery.

Will this building be primarily for out-of-town artists or for young people?

It is much more likely that local creative individuals, businesses and organizations will make regular use of this facility than non-locals, just because the facility is here. It isn’t known yet who exactly wants to use a facility such as this and for what purposes, until the survey data becomes available.

In its other similar facilities, Artspace encourages applications for living space "from all people in the creative arts, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender identity, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, occupation or status with regard to public assistance, or physical, mental, or emotional disability. They especially seek individuals who are committed to building community and will give some of their time and energy toward this goal." The process in Ridgway has not been determined yet.

I am concerned that this building will negatively impact parking downtown.

The Town recently created more downtown parking with its downtown improvement project, adding a new parking lot next to Hartwell Park and increasing the number of defined, on-street parking spaces. Increased activity in the downtown area may eventually result in a demand for more parking spaces. Parking demands are healthy and common in a vibrant downtown. Because this building will likely be multi-use and may provide working space within the building to some of its residents, it may actually decrease some vehicle usage and even some commuting, a net gain in Ridgway’s desire to maintain an element of pedestrian-friendliness. The online survey collected data about potential building users’ needs for parking spaces, including bicycle spaces — an unknown at this time.

Will the Space to Create Ridgway building be 3 stories high?

The building is planned to be in the Historic Business District, where code allows construction up to 35 feet in height. This means that the building could be 3 stories high. The building height will likely be driven by the demand, the results of the survey, the building design and other factors. None of these are clear at this time, so the building height today is unknown.

Will rent be subsidized by the Town?

At this time, it is not planned that the Town will subsidize rent for residents of a building, and the Town doesn’t intend to provide a rent subsidy. All efforts will be made by Space to Create Colorado partners and Ridgway Space to Create partners to keep costs low enough to construct long-term affordable space through creative financing options and careful planning.

Who decides who will live in this building? Can I apply now?

The nonprofit developer working with the Town of Ridgway on this project, Artspace, manages similar facilities around the country. Though the process that will be used in Ridgway hasn’t been determined yet, typically a committee of creative people from a range of disciplines, building residents in good standing, and an owner representative review applications for residency. It is still too early to apply at this time. However, you may submit your name and email address to Diedra Silbert (contact information below), to stay informed about the project.

For more information, contact Diedra Silbert, Community Initiatives Facilitator, Town of Ridgway: dsilbert@town.ridgway.co.us or 970-626-5308 x. 215



Dec. 5th, 2017 – The Space to Create Ridgway Preliminary Feasibility Report has been released! Click here to download it.


SPACE TO CREATE FACT SHEET (January 2017)

[For a PDF of this fact sheet, click here.]

See prior Fact Sheet (below) for more information about Space to Create Colorado partners and Artspace.

BACKGROUND:

On August 23rd, 2016, Space to Create Colorado announced that Ridgway had been selected as the Space to Create community for Southwest Colorado. This statewide initiative will stimulate community and economic development in rural, small town and mountain communities by providing long-term affordable and financially sustainable workforce housing and working spaces for creative sector employment. Local organizational partners in Ridgway Space to Create are: Telluride Foundation, Region 10, Ouray County Housing Authority, San Miguel Power Association, Weehawken Creative Arts and the Ridgway Chautauqua Society.

THE PRELIMINARY FEASIBILITY STUDY:

Staff from Artspace (the technical consultant and nonprofit developer for Space to Create) met with more than 100 members of the community and region in five focus groups at the end of September. These focus groups had size limits and targets for specific sectors of the area’s population. Significant efforts were made to represent local and regional Creatives, creative enterprises, arts and culture groups, civic and nonprofit leaders, and the finance sector. A preliminary feasibility study report for Ridgway Space to Create that includes the data collected during these focus groups was released in early January and can be found on the bulletin board of the Town’s website, town.ridgway.co.us, or at the link found above. A final version of the feasibility study will be completed Summer 2017, including the results from the Arts Market Survey.

THE ARTS MARKET SURVEY:

The Ridgway Space to Create Arts Market Survey will go live on January 31st, 2017, launched during the Survey Soirée event at the Sherbino. All people, enterprises, and organizations who have an interest in creative space in Ridgway are encouraged to respond to this survey at www.ridgwayS2Csurvey.com. Town staff and Ridgway Space to Create Outreach Committee volunteers provided input to the survey formulated by Artspace. Responses to the survey will provide anonymous statistical information to inform the scale, design and uses of the facility. This information will be critical to the next phases of the project. Outreach will focus on Ouray County first, neighboring towns next, and across the Western Slope through digital means. Please help spread the word! The survey will close on March 28th, 2017.

QUESTIONS HEARD AROUND TOWN AND WHAT IS CURRENTLY KNOWN:

Is this only an affordable housing project?

Ridgway Space to Create is planned to include long-term affordable housing for creative individuals, broadly defining “creative”. It will also be a facility which could house private and/or community studio space(s), commercial spaces, and other types of space. We need to know what types of space are desired in our community and region. A big response to the survey at www.ridgwayS2Csurvey.com will help us to understand this.

Will this facility be an art gallery?

Ridgway Space to Create could contain an art gallery, if that’s what the survey data and the planning process determines this community needs in the project. There are many possible uses for the space to be built, not simply an art gallery.

Will this building be primarily for out-of-town artists or for young people?

It is much more likely that local creative individuals, businesses and organizations will make regular use of this facility than non-locals, just because the facility is here. That said, it isnt known yet who exactly wants to use a facility such as this and for what purposes. Thats why theres a survey at www.ridgwayS2Csurvey.com! Responses to the online survey from Ouray County residents are especially being sought.

In its other similar facilities, Artspace encourages applications for living space from all people in the creative arts, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender identity, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, occupation or status with regard to public assistance, or physical, mental, or emotional disability. They especially seek individuals who are committed to building community and will give some of their time and energy toward this goal.The process in Ridgway has not been determined yet.

I am concerned that this building will negatively impact parking downtown.

The Town recently created more downtown parking with the downtown improvement project, adding a new parking lot next to Hartwell Park and increasing the number of defined, on-street parking spaces. Increased activity in the downtown area may eventually result in a demand for more parking spaces. Parking demands are healthy in a vibrant downtown. Because this building will likely be multi-use and may provide working space within the building to some of its residents, it may actually decrease some vehicle usage and even some commuting, a net gain in Ridgway’s desire to maintain an element of pedestrian-friendliness. The online survey will collect data about potential building users’ needs for parking spaces, including bicycle spaces an unknown at this time.

Will the Space to Create Ridgway building be 3 stories high?

The building is planned to be in the Historic Business District, where code allows construction up to 35 feet in height. This means that the building could be 3 stories high. The building height will likely be driven by the demand, the results of the survey, the building design and other factors. None of these are completed at this time, so the building height today is unknown.

Will rent be subsidized by the Town?

At this time, it is not planned that the Town will subsidize rent for residents of a building, and the Town doesn’t intend to provide a rent subsidy. All efforts will be made by Space to Create Colorado partners and Ridgway Space to Create partners to keep costs low enough to construct long-term affordable space through creative financing options and careful planning.

Who decides who will live in this building? Can I apply now?

The nonprofit developer working with the Town of Ridgway on this project, Artspace, manages similar facilities around the country. Though the process that will be used in Ridgway hasn’t been determined yet, typically a committee of creative people from a range of disciplines, building residents in good standing, and an owner representative review applications for residency. It is still too early to apply at this time, but please take the survey, if you might be interested, at www.ridgwayS2Csurvey.com.

For more info, contact Diedra Silbert, Community Initiatives Facilitator, Town of Ridgway: 970-626-5308 x. 215


SPACE TO CREATE FACT SHEET (October 2016)

WHAT IS SPACE TO CREATE COLORADO?

Space to Create Colorado is a collaborative effort of multiple organizations to provide affordable workforce housing and working spaces for creative sector entrepreneurs and artists in rural, small town and mountain communities in Colorado. On July 28, 2015, Governor John Hickenlooper announced the first state-driven initiative in the U.S. for affordable housing for artists. 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.

Nine new projects will be initiated in eight regions of the state by 2019. The first Demonstration Project will take place in Trinidad. Ridgway was selected as the next community in the Southwestern Colorado region. Future sites will be determined through a competitive process.

Space to Create Colorado is directed by a steering committee comprised of invested partners. Artspace provides market, feasibility and predevelopment consulting services on behalf of Space to Create Colorado. Each of the projects will be customized to meet community needs for workforce housing and commercial space for creative sector entrepreneurs, artists and arts-friendly organizations.

WHO ARE THE PARTNERS AND COLLABORATORS?

Led by Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade in partnership with Artspace, the Boettcher Foundation, Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), and History Colorado, this collaborative effort will assist Colorado communities in accessing state, federal, and local government resources, and include private sector and philanthropic support. (www.coloradocreativeindustries.org/communities/space-create)

WHO IS ARTSPACE?

 Artspace is the nation’s leader in artist-led community transformation, with more than 35 projects in
 operation across the country and another dozen in development, representing a unique $600 million
 investment in America’s arts infrastructure. With headquarters in Minneapolis and offices in Los
 Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington D.C., Artspace is America’s leading developer
 of arts facilities and has served as a consultant to hundreds of communities and arts organizations
 nationwide. To date Artspace has completed nearly 2,000 affordable live/work units for artists and their
 families as well as more than a million square feet of non-residential space for artists and arts
 organizations. (www.artspace.org)

WHAT ARE THE GOALS?

This initiative will stimulate community and economic development in rural, small town and mountain communities by providing long-term affordable and financially sustainable workforce housing and working spaces for creative sector employment. Nine projects initiated across Colorado by 2019 will culminate in roughly $45 million of investment statewide by multiple partners and agencies in direct capital investment.

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF “RURAL, SMALL TOWN & MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES?”

Communities with less than 50,000 population and geographically distant from urban areas.

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF “ARTIST AND CREATIVE SECTOR WORKERS”?

Per CCI, the creative sector in Colorado includes things that are created in the human mind, made by hand or custom designed, and where art takes place, including such occupations as:

Actors, architects, audio and video technicians, art directors, book binding, painters, musicians, singers, song writers, music directors and composers, musical instrument designers and manufacturers, authors and writers, illustrators, publishers photographers, dancers, choreographers, sculptors, advertising and promotions, editors, commercial and industrial designers, sound engineers, interior designers, apparel and fashion designers and manufacturing, set and exhibit designers, reporters and correspondents, museum curators, technicians and conservators, film, television and video script writers and producers, camera operators, broadcast technicians, culinary arts, craftsmen, craft distillers and brewers, sign makers, public relations specialists, multi-media artists and animators, theaters, performance venues, museums, libraries, studios and galleries.

According to Artspace, an artist...is a person who has a commitment to and/or participation in the arts, not simply as a hobby. This does not mean that the art the artist creates generates any or all of the artist’s source of income.

An artist shall be defined as:
 A person who works in or is skilled in any of the fine arts, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, book art, mixed-media and print-making.
 A person who creates imaginative works of aesthetic value, including but not limited to film, video, digital media works, literature, costume design, photography, architecture and music composition.
 A person who creates functional art, including but not limited to jewelry, rugs, decorative screens and grates, furniture, pottery, toys and quilts.
 A performer, including but not limited to singers, musicians, dancers, actors and performance artists.
 In all culturally significant practices, including a designer, technician, tattoo artist, hairdresser, chef/culinary artist, craftsperson, teacher or administrator who is dedicated to using their expertise within the community to support, promote, present, and/or teach and propagate their art form through events, activities, performances and classes.
 Artistic processes that are extremely noisy, require incompatible zoning or involve hazardous materials are typically not permitted. All uses must comply with applicable code. (www.artspace.org/sites/default/files/public/downloads/artist_selection_process_2014.08.20.pdf)

HOW WAS RIDGWAY SELECTED?

After discussion with and approval by the Town Council and Town Planning Commission and two public meetings, the Town submitted an initial application to CCI in February 2016. Ridgway was then selected to complete and submit the full Space to Create application in April 2016. A public meeting with 30 attendees set the goals included in this second application. On August 23, 2016, Space to Create Colorado announced that Ridgway had been selected as the Space to Create community for Southwest Colorado. Partners in Space to Create Ridgway are: Telluride Foundation, Region 10, Ouray County Housing Authority, San Miguel Power Association, Weehawken Creative Arts and the Ridgway Chautauqua Society.

WHAT HAS TAKEN PLACE SINCE RIDGWAY’S SELECTION?

At the end of September, Artspace staff met with more than 100 members of the community and the region in focus groups, representing Creatives, creative enterprises, arts and culture organizations, civic and nonprofit leaders, and the finance sector. A preliminary feasibility study report will be published by early November. In early 2017, an Arts Market Survey will go live. All Creatives and creative enterprises in our region will be invited to respond to this survey. (Send your email addresses to participate!) The information gathered will be critical to the next phases of the project.

For more information, contact Diedra Silbert, Community Initiatives Facilitator, Town of Ridgway: dsilbert@town.ridgway.co.us or 970-626-5308 x. 215