Keep reading for Weil's list of ten ways RiNo is advocating for artists.
RiNo Business Improvement District (BID) has spent $40,000 over the past two years to further the development of the ArtSpace project in RiNo. This project will create 100 to 130 affordable live/work spaces for artists and musicians, slated for completion in the next few years in the RiNo Art District.
2. The RiNo BID has contributed $50,000+ each year to assist in the CRUSH street mural event in the district. The RiNo Art District has also contributed staff time, marketing support and artists' stipends to this project over the past few years. All funds are specifically focused toward local artists.
Arts & Venues P.S. You Are Here Grant, which will create an artistic lighting and mural intervention; the budget for this alone is over $100,000.
4. The RiNo Art District led the charge in working with the City of Denver on moving the Safe Occupancy Program forward. The program includes a conditional building occupancy for un-permitted spaces that will ensure life safety, limit displacement and allow extended deadlines and collaborative solutions to achieve code compliance. RiNo is working with city leadership on developing a fund for artists to be able to bring their DIY spaces up to code.
6. The RiNo Art District continues to advocate for its artists and galleries, as it has since its inception. This includes constantly communicating with stakeholders and developers on the importance of keeping artists in the district long-term. GRACe, Bindery on Blake, Formativ, Zeppelin Development, Ken Wolf Properties and Backyard on Blake are some of our success stories.
8. RiNo Park Art Center: The RiNo Art District is working on collaborating with Denver Parks & Recreation and the Denver Public Library on creating a new art center concept in the RiNo Park slated for completion in 2019. This space will have temporary maker and studio spaces as well public outdoor space for performances and festivals. The art center project will focus on engagement with the four historic neighborhoods that RiNo Art District is part of: Globeville, Elyria/Swansea, Cole and Five Points. The RiNo Art District will also collaborate with area non-profits as part of its mission.
10. Affordability Overlay: The RiNo Art District is working with the City of Denver and Denver City Council to create an affordability overlay at the 38th and Blake Street commuter-rail station. Typically, these types of overlays are for residential only; this new overlay is unique and will include a commercial component as well as residential. The overlay will focus on uses that will serve our community, with efforts to provide more affordable artist and creative space.
We encourage artists to get involved and be present to help shift the paradigm. As artists, our voices can help drive change.
Artist Tracy Weil is the creative director and co-founder of the Rino Art District. Find out more about the district at Rinoartdistrict.org; learn more about Weil's own art at tracyweil.com. CRUSH 2017 continues through Sunday, September 17; get all the details at crushwalls.org.
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