Transform more vacant houses into art spaces

This idea emerged during the FoodSpark series on Arts & Culture. Leave comments below to add thoughts and contribute ideas for how it might be actualized. 

Why does it matter? What impact might this idea make?

The following description was offered by participants as a way of understanding the prospective impact of this idea:

  • There are a lot of young people, and there are a lot of vacant spaces across the city. Young people deserve to have more safe and creative places in their own neighborhoods.

  • People would be more likely to visit the city and see it as a "safe place" if more vacant spaces could be activated across the city.

  • It will make artists critical to the flourishing of communities.

How might this idea work? 

The following description was offered by participants as a way of understanding how this idea might work:

  • Attract investment for vacant spaces with artists to rehab buildings.

How else might this idea work? What could be added and considered? Share thoughts below.

What actions can be taken to actualize this idea? 

The following actions were listed by participants in the FoodSpark Idea Studio on Arts & Culture:

  • Develop a list of stakeholders and development leaders who are working in the neighborhoods we seek to engage.

  • Collaborate with Incarnate Word Foundation and their home stock.

What additional actions might be considered to actualize this idea? Leave suggestions in the comments below.

Who might participate/engage with this idea? 

People groups listed by participants of the FoodSpark Idea Studio on Arts & Culture included the following:

  • Artist and architecture collectives

  • Art and Design schools and students

  • Artists who reside and/or already work in the targeted neighborhoods

Who else might participate in this idea? Leave ideas below. 

Who might be a partner for this idea?

Entities listed by participants in the FoodSpark Idea Studio on Arts & Culture included the following entities as partners to engage for this idea:

  • Development corporations

  • Aldermen

  • The City

  • Forward through Ferguson's Racial Equity catalysts

  • McCormack Baron

  • US Bank CDC

  • RISE CDC

  • Keller-Williams real estate

  • North Side Community Housing (4th Ward)

  • 4th Ward Alderman and Cote Brilliante developer, James Forbes

  • Young Friends of the Ville

  • "We Live Here" podcast

Do you know of other prospective partners for this idea? Leave a comment below with more suggestions.

When might this idea happen?

  • 2018-2022

Where might this idea happen?

  • The Ville-Greater Ville neighborhoods (4th Ward)

  • Cleaver House (The Ville)

  • St. Matthews in The Ville

  • Cote Brilliante

  • Lewis Place

  • Academy neighborhood

  • Fountain Park

  • Vacant Houses in the 4th Ward

Idea Champion(s):

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