Friday, February 26, 2010

What does Artspace do on their Crookston Visit?

Artspace Projects will:
  • Assign Artspace Projects' staff to conduct the preliminary assessment;
  • Work with Kay Hegge (or assignee) and the Foundation to set dates and determine and
refine the agenda for the two-days and to help identify key participants;
  • Review available documents for the potential site(s), including site map(s), concept
and/or floor plans;
  • Review existing artist survey results and city redevelopment or planning documents
and/or other appropriate existing studies;
  • Tour the identified site as well as the surrounding neighborhood, existing arts districts
and/or facilities. Walk the site and building with key members of the planning/core team
and an architect if active on the project and an historic preservation representative (if
  • Meet with the project leaders to discuss current programs, project concept and planning
completed to date and recommended to move the project forward;
  • Meet with key city (city council, mayor, city manager), county and/or state leadership.
This meeting would include a presentation with case studies and an open discussion
intended to answer questions, educate about arts development and civic involvement, and
understand the vision and/or concerns of elected officials;
  • Meet with potential local/state public and private funders and economic development
officials, to discuss affordable arts facility development, available funding sources and
tools, and gauge support for the project. This leadership group should include: local or
state level historic preservation representative (if applicable) city/county economic
redevelopment staff, leaders in the local/regional philanthropic community, private
banking, and arts/cultural funding communities;
  •  Meet with a diverse cross section of artists and representatives of arts organizations who
may participate in this project’s programs. Artist representatives should include emerging
and established artists of all ages, artists of various disciplines (performance, visual,
literary etc). Organizations may include artist collectives, theatre/music/dance companies,
educational organizations and institutions, local galleries etc.;
  •  Host a community forum to discuss arts development around the country and the
community and economic development impact as it may relate to the proposed project,
and to solicit input from the arts and general community;
  • Meet with the key stakeholder/core group to discuss the focus group meetings, answer
questions and share initial impressions from the visit;
  • Meet with other focus groups or individuals that are key to the project’s development and
agreed to by the Foundation and Artspace, and;
  • Summarize findings in a written executive summary report.

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