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.
SPENCER’S ART HOUSE, FLINT, MICHIGAN
POWER HOUSE PRODUCTIONS, DETROIT, MI
PUBLIC HOUSE, OPA LOCKA, FL