Affordable Housing for Artists Mission
Affordable Housing for Artists advocates for artists’ affordable housing, live-work space and shared studio space in new housing projects within a designated area of downtown Los Angeles. AHA engages with developers, non-profit community organizations and city officials to craft guidelines that are consistent with existing laws and that are fair, inclusive and encourage recognition of the special value artists bring to the cultural, social and economic well-being of Los Angeles’ urban communities. AHA seeks to build an arts community that is inclusive regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. AHA recognizes that fostering diversity enhances the cultural environment and enriches all forms of artistic expression.
Affordable Artist Housing – Live Work Lofts
Plans for 122 new live-work lofts on the southern edge of the Arts District have breezed through the Los Angeles Planning Commission, buoyed by the support of local artists.
122 live-work lofts planned for 1800 East Seventh Street. Read more at LA Curbed.
Save the Citizens’ Warehouse!
Metro is asking the city if it can tear down another 20,000 square feet of the Citizens Warehouse, the structure at 100 Center St. just off Santa Fe that was once a thriving cultural center and home to dozens of artists. The city purchased it a decade ago to rip off the south end to accommodate the expansion of the First Street Bridge. The city promised to restore the wall — but that never happened.
Now Metro wants to take another chunk. Reducing what is left will diminish any hope of restoring the Citizen’s Warehouse to its former glory — unless Metro agrees to fully restore the remaining 20,000 square feet (and maybe add a third story) and the city agrees to make it an affordable artists’ housing project, perhaps with gallery and rehearsal space, operated by and for the artist residents.
LADADSpace and AHA urge Council District 14 to engage the national non-profit, ArtSpace (see artspace.org) to guide them to this goal.
Metro has already tentatively agreed to funding the restoration. Now we have to make sure they follow through and make it a viable, sustainable space. If past experience is any guide, we need persistence and commitment to a highly-visible effort.
Affordable Housing for Artists (AHA) is an independent working group supported and facilitated by LADADSpace.