I consult and advocate for the physical studio needs of professional artists. These needs became the focus of my MFA studies at Seattle University and the topic of my capstone paper. Here's a preview:
Generally speaking the public understands and supports the visual artists’ need for space to display and sell their work but the need for a working studio space seems to fall below the radar.
Many artists that pursue a professional art education spend some time studying in a fine arts center; a facility housing multiple working studios in numerous disciplines. Such facilities create a sense of community, offer artists a support system, and foster creativity and collaboration. However such communities of working artists are difficult to find outside the academic setting.
The development of a property with multiple artist studios under one roof removes artists from working in seclusion, inspires and validates a community of artists, connects them with one-another and creates engagement with the public. It can also increase property values, ancillary spending, and tax roll contributions.
“If we value art, we must value artists. Ensuring there are appropriate, secure facilities for the long term means artists can continue to make work and contribute to a creative and vibrant city for the benefit of all” (Acme, 2006a).
IF YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE I INVITE YOU TO READ MY CAPSTONE PAPER (link below).
Founding artist of The FAB Studios (2020), 2,500sqft of private artist studios. Work scope: research of existing artist studios and feasibility of creating more, negotiate with landlord, curate artist applicants, foster tenant relations, community outreach and event planning.
Work with KO-Projects (2017) to assist Fort Worden Public Development Authority and their partners to develop a business plan for Maker's Square, a section of Fort Worden to transform nearly 25,000sqft of space for artists, makers, and creative programming use.
A blended position of Property Manager, Executive Team Member, and Accountant. Work included: mentor / foster community of artists, schedule maintenance / repairs, plan monthly
A blended position of Property Manager, Executive Team Member, and Accountant. Work included: mentor / foster community of artists, schedule maintenance / repairs, plan monthly events, collect rent, calculate utilities, renew lease agreements, update tenant statements, file project invoices, organize new filing system, reorganize archive documents, enter deposits, calculate stock shares, and reconcile bank and business accounts.
Hands on internship with Common Area Maintenance (2015) to convert a 3,000sqft old shop into affordable private studios, shared work areas, and gallery. Work included: physical renovations, community outreach leading up to opening, and fundraising for the project.
Internship with ArtSpace (2014) to assist Sarah Parker with grand opening of Mt. Baker Lofts. Work with project developers, artist tenants, Seattle Sound Transit, entertainers, and catering staff to ensure a cohesive event.