Artspace has announced that it will conduct a major online survey of artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses in the Northwest Arkansas area to determine the size and nature of the market for an Artspace mixed-use project in each of the four core cities of Northwest Arkansas; Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale. The eight-week survey will be launched with four free public events in each of the cities included in the survey. The events are scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, July 24th from 4:30- 6:30 pm, Artspace NWA Arts Market Survey Launch: Fayetteville will be held at The Pryor Center located at 1 E Center St, Fayetteville, AR 72701
Tuesday, July 24th from 7:00- 9:00 pm, Artspace NWA Arts Market Survey Launch: Springdale will be held at the Arts Center of the Ozarks located at 214 S Main St, Springdale, AR 72764.
Wednesday, July 25th from 5:30- 7:00 pm, Artspace NWA Arts Market Survey Launch: Rogers will be held at Ozark Beer Company located at 109 N. Arkansas St, Rogers, AR 72756.
Wednesday, July 25th from 7:30- 9:30 pm, Artspace NWA Arts Market Survey Launch: Bentonville will be held at 21c Museum Hotel located at 200 NE A St, Bentonville, AR 72712
These events will celebrate the launch of the Arts Market Survey, which will be used to collect data on the space needs and preferences of local artists and creatives in order to bring new
Interested artists and creatives throughout the region can take the survey online at www.ArtspaceNWAsurvey.org anytime between July 24and September 10.
The events are open to all; artists and directors of arts organizations and creative businesses are especially encouraged to attend. Those unable to attend an event are still encouraged to share their thoughts on the online survey.
Artspace, the nation’s leading developer for the arts, will use the survey to identify the types and number of spaces needed by Northwest Arkansas artists, the amenities and special features that are of interest to them. The results of the survey will help Artspace determine the size of the market in Northwest Arkansas for affordable live/work housing, studio and workspace of various kinds.
The survey is the second phase of a scope of work that began in January, 2018 when an Artspace team conducted a Preliminary Feasibility Study in each of the four cities. If the survey identifies a market for an Artspace project and the community decides to proceed, survey results will inform both the project concept and site selection. They will also impact specific design and programmatic decisions, such as square footage, parking spaces, types of shared creative spaces to include, rents, etc. Artists who take the survey will have the option of being among the first to be informed of project developments, including leasing opportunities.
The feasibility study and online survey are made possible through a one-year partnership with the Walton Family Foundation to explore the feasibility and market for artist space in Northwest Arkansas. The grant-funded research will provide a roadmap for creating and sustaining permanently affordable space to live, work, exhibit and perform for artists, creative businesses and others in the creative fields. The four focus cities are Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale. Research outcomes will help identify opportunities for arts-driven economic development activities.
Additional information about the survey is available at www.ArtspaceNWAsurvey.org