Several city agencies, responding to outrage in the arts community over the recent closing — and the drastic, overall shortage — of affordable spaces for Denver creatives to do their work, have scheduled a public info session for Jan. 18.
That’s pretty far out, considering that tempers are flaring now, but at least it’s a chance for officials from the fire department, the urban planning agency and Arts & Venues to let folks know what they are up to on the artist-run space front. There are some interesting things happening, especially with the ArtSpace affordable housing development, and that will be part of the program.
The event is billed as an update from the city, but it seems like a good chance for a two-way, public conversation on the topic. Hopefully, the arts community will press its case as the city presses its own.
Here is info from the press release:
Community Forum on Safe Creative Spaces & Artspace Collaboration
Wednesday, January 18
McNichols Civic Center Building
Denver Fire and Community Planning & Development are providing a forum for proactively getting information to potential tenants and/or building owners regarding building and fire safety, and how to make creative space safe for occupants.
Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs will share their efforts on artist live/work spaces through the Artspace study, and its implementation. Additionally, representatives from Arts & Venues and Artspace will be on hand to provide residents updates, and to discuss the national landscape regarding spaces and how Denver can benefit from other city successes.
Topics to cover include:
• Tenant safety
• Zoning code
• Fire code
• Community awareness
• Artspace study and implementation
• National perspective on live/work spaces
• And more