Attention all artists, arts and culture organizations, creative community members, businesses, arts enthusiasts, and supporters of the arts!

Tampa’s renaissance is energizing a range of opportunities for diverse local creative artists and arts organizations to enhance the cultural elements of Tampa’s national brand. A critical boost for our arts scene would be more affordable space for diverse artists in various disciplines to live and work in Tampa. With that in mind, Artspace Tampa Initiative, a group of local leaders and artists, have partnered with Tempus Projects to engage the consulting team of Artspace Projects, Inc., the nation’s leading nonprofit developer of affordable living/work space for artists and arts organizations, to help us build an Artspace facility in Tampa.

The consulting team at Artspace Projects concluded a Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) for Tampa in January 2021. An executive summary of their findings is here; the complete PFS is available to download here; and a recording of the virtual presentation of these findings is here. Energized by the positive results of the PFS, Artspace Tampa Initiative and Artspace Projects conducted an Arts Market Study (AMS), informed by data gathered in an online public survey. The AMS survey collected anonymous data from the local creative community to help inform the scale and scope of the project.

The AMS survey closed on May 6, 2021 – a big thank you to all of those who took the survey and helped spread the word! We received an excellent response of 1,159 surveys taken. Artspace Consulting processed and assessed the survey data to produce a final report: the Arts Market Study (here) and accompanying Technical Report (here). An Executive Summary is below, and a presentation of these findings took place on October 7, 2021 via Zoom – a recording of the event is available here.

We are now moving forward to the next project phase, Pre-Development I, which will determine the project location and size. Learn more about this project phase by viewing our fundraising concept paper here. Donate to support Pre-Development I here.

Artspace Projects’ Tampa Arts Market Study (AMS) Executive Summary

Energized by the positive results of the Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) in January 2021, Artspace Tampa Initiative quickly engaged Artspace Projects in the next phase toward building an Artspace facility in Tampa – the Arts Market Study (AMS). The AMS was informed by an online public survey that collected anonymous data from the local creative community to help determine the scale and scope of the project. 

The AMS data demonstrates strong demand for a mixed-use, artist live/work project in the model of an Artspace Project in Tampa. Because the space need is strong and varied, multiple project models and space solutions can be explored by local stakeholders.

SURVEY RESPONDENT PROFILE:

  • 1,159 total survey respondents!

  • Of those interested in live/work artist housing:

    • 61% report qualifying at 80% or below Area Median Income (AMI).

    • 48% report qualifying at 60% or below AMI.

    • 20% report qualifying at 30% or below AMI.

  • Wide representation of arts, cultural, and creative industries, as well as a mix of races and ethnicities as self-reported by respondents. 

  • 76% of respondents who are Tampa residents interested in affordable live/work housing have considered leaving Tampa, but 95% of them would be encouraged to stay for this opportunity.

SPACE NEEDS OVERVIEW:

  • 90% indicated an interest in at least one type of creative space in Tampa. Of these:

    • 42% are interested in relocating to affordable artists’ live/work housing.

    • 42% are interested in private studio space.

    • 58% are interested in renting shared creative space.

  • For the location of live/work housing, respondents are most interested in:

    • Seminole Heights (54%)

    • Downtown (52%)

    • Ybor City (49%)

    • Note location is influenced by these preferences but will ultimately be determined by cost, feasibility, and securing Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC).

ARTSPACE PROJECTS’ RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • 89-128 units of affordable artist live/work housing for households qualifying at or below 60% of AMI, or 110-149 units qualifying at or below 80% of AMI in Tampa.

  • Up to 100 private studio spaces in addition to live/work housing, with at least 2/3 of the spaces leased at $1.00psf or less. (There is demand for $1.00psf or greater as well.)

Following these results and with the encouragement of Artspace Projects, Artspace Tampa Initiative is moving forward to the next project phase, Pre-Development I.

To keep informed of progress and upcoming events, please follow Artspace Tampa Initiative on Facebook and Instagram, or send an email to ArtspaceTampa@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list. 

With Gratitude,

The Artspace Tampa Steering Committee and Core Group

Artspace Tampa Initiative Steering Committee

Neil Gobioff, Gobioff Foundation | Steering Committee Chair

Erin Aebel, Trenam Law

Tonja Brickhouse, retired United States Air Force Colonel & former Department Director, City of Tampa

Peter Lefferts, former executive of Citicorp & American Express

Tracy Midulla, Founder/Director, Tempus Projects

Ned Pope, Agile Thought

Lisa Reeves, SeaSalt Properties

Michael Tomor, Penny and Jeff Vinik Executive Director, Tampa Museum of Art

Jessica Todd | Project Manager

Tempus Projects | Fiscal Sponsor AMS & PFS

Artspace Tampa Initiative Core Group

Janette Berrios, Symphonic Distribution

Brad Cooke, Strategic Property Partners

Emily Ghosh, Soul Media

Eileen Goldenberg, Artist 

Andrea Graham, Stageworks Theatre

Sheree Greer, Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center

Alex Harris, Arts Conservatory for Teens

Wendy Leigh, Unity of Tampa, Producer, Arts Administrator

Robert Miles

Margaret Miller, USF College of The Arts

Robin Nigh, City of Tampa

Paula Nuñez, Tampa City Ballet

Cynthia Rogers, Consultant 

Selina Roman, Artist

Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, Artist

Emiliano Settecasi, Artist

Alex Sink, Former Florida CFO

Ann-Eliza Musoke Taylor, Yates & Taylor Law

Susana Weymouth, Florida Orchestra Chief Development Officer

Thank you to our sponsors,

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our partners, 

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and our in-kind donors.

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