Art Houses in the USA

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The Art House model adopted by Young At Art Museum for the NW Gardens Housing  has expanded to many cities across the USA.  These Art Houses strive to be both a creative art making space and a neighborhood gathering place that connects neighbors and outsiders.  Some art houses spring from collaborations with housing authorities, art institutions or artists, but they all exist because of abandoned or extremely low cost single family homes.  In the past (and present), artists took over old abandoned commercial or industrial structures.  But these structures have become “hip” developments in the re-vitalized center cities.    So artists and arts service organizations moved to the first ring of 1910-1929 suburbs with good public buses and short bike rides to other places.  Unlike the abandoned industrial takeovers, the artists generally feel a commitment to connect with existing neighbors, and programs attempt to merge local needs with international artist experiments.  Here are a few examples from Detroit, Opa Locka(Miami), Flint and Pittsburgh.

ART HOUSE, HOMEWOOD, PITTSBURGH
Lots of Facebook Pictures
Artist Vanessa German’s  website
Recent Newspaper Article

Vanessa German plays with Rashaun Daffin, 5, as Art House activities move outdoors in Homewood, Pittsburgh

Vanessa German plays with Rashaun Daffin, 5, as Art House activities move outdoors in Homewood, Pittsburgh

Zoe Overby, 9, of Homewood shows off her T-shirt art at the Art House in Homewood, Pittsburgh.

Zoe Overby, 9, of Homewood shows off her T-shirt art at the Art House in Homewood, Pittsburgh.

SPENCER’S ART HOUSE, FLINT, MICHIGAN

Pictures on Facebook
Art House Website on Construction

Spencer Art House in Flint, MI.

Spencer Art House in Flint, MI.

Spencer's Art House in Flint, Michigan

Spencer’s Art House in Flint, Michigan

POWER HOUSE PRODUCTIONS, DETROIT, MI

Power House Website:  Multiple Art Houses
The lead artists, Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope, Design 99

Dutch artists spend the summer at Power House in Detroit, MI.

Dutch artists spend the summer at Power House in Detroit, MI.

 Power House in Detroit, MI.

Power House in Detroit, MI.

PUBLIC HOUSE, OPA LOCKA, FL

WRLN News Story on Transition with the Arts.
Opa Locka CDC on the Arts
Artists Jennifer Bonner and Christian Stayne  Website

Jennifer Bonner and Christian Stayne Opa Locka Public Houses

Jennifer Bonner and Christian Stayne Opa Locka Public Houses

Jennifer Bonner and Christian Stayne Art House in Opa Locka

Jennifer Bonner and Christian Stayne Art House in Opa Locka

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