Resource: Cheap Housing

As a supplement to my entry today, I offer the following handful of links on affordable housing for artists.

Artspace- Developer of Artist Housing across the country. Many of their spaces are in Minnesota where they are based, but are also found in places like Minot, Reno, Buffalo and Mt. Rainier, MD.
(Hat tip to NY Foundation for the Arts)

Chicago Artist Resource has a page on how to find space in an area zoned favorably for artists. Also has a pretty complete looking How To.. resource to help people with the legalities and logistics.

New York City and Boston have space specs if an artist needs to live in the same place he/she works.

Paducah, KY has a very attractive incentive program with low rate loans, opportunity for free lots and even partial payment of architectural fees.
(hat tip to The Law Portal for the Chicago, NY, Boston and Paducah links)

Waterloo, IA has a work and living space in a downtown area designated as an Arts and Culture District.

Riverdam Millyard in Biddeford, ME isn’t necessarily a special zoned area but the effort of some developers to bring SoHo to Maine. I note their site because their list of tenants gives you a sense of what type of mix might emerge in such a space. Not too clear if you can live there though. Suspect you can’t.

About Joe Patti

I have been writing Butts in the Seats (BitS) on topics of arts and cultural administration since 2004 (yikes!). Given the ever evolving concerns facing the sector, I have yet to exhaust the available subject matter. In addition to BitS, I am a founding contributor to the ArtsHacker ( website where I focus on topics related to boards, law, governance, policy and practice.

I am also an evangelist for the effort to Build Public Will For Arts and Culture being helmed by Arts Midwest and the Metropolitan Group. (

My most recent role was as Executive Director of the Grand Opera House in Macon, GA.

Among the things I am most proud are having produced an opera in the Hawaiian language and a dance drama about Hawaii's snow goddess Poli'ahu while working as a Theater Manager in Hawaii. Though there are many more highlights than there is space here to list.


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  1. Oops, sorry. I was so concerned that I put the d and the h in the correct places that I never noticed I inserted an e in there.


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