The Wish List
Multi-use buildings on commercial corridors are ideal for a co-op format. With the ingenuity of creative people, we can make any habitable space viable, and find commercial spaces to finance the project elsewhere. White elephants are treasures. Buildings with vacant cafe spaces are especially useful, as they offer the public easy access to a creative milieu.
We would love buildings and spaces in the Financial District that could be repurposed for musicians' housing and venues. There are no neighbors to object to noise, with a wealth of street parking at night for performances in ArtHouse venues. It is also easily accessed by pubic transit.
We want to honor the literary history of San Francisco's North Beach to house buildings with writers. Poets made North Beach world famous, but writers can no longer rent an apartment in the neighborhood.
But not all artists need the same spaces to create ArtHouses.. We can use warehouse buildings to accommodate the kinds of work that gives us the enormous, inspiring sculptures of Burning Man. Think not only outside the box, but with a big box. Do you have vacant property amenable to making large artworks?
We want to partner with investors who value social impact. Buildings full of creative energy and events that draw the public can revitalize our decimated commercial corridors. ArtHouse is as good for small business as for the artists themselves. It serves investors interests well beyond eventual profits. Our goal is to always find the win-win. We want to be hero-makers. We want you to feel good about producing beneficial impacts in neighborhoods.
As much as possible, we want to give ArtHouse tenants privacy. Co-living only works if everyone gets along well. Consider the nature of the creative person: they’re tasked with the same life demands as everyone else—money, relationships, practicalities, etc.—while they’re also busy dreaming up fascinating things no one has ever seen before. Roommates are one demand too many, for some people. We want to provide community and joint creative projects when it’s appealing, but not unavoidably.
We want to know the people who understand the significance of this project, and of course, especially those who would like to be involved in the process of making it happen. The creative community and its supporters suffered from the isolation of the pandemic and the need for relocation. As we discover who’s with us, we rebuild that community. People working together to make things better is a very powerful thing.
ArtHouse has operated with virtually no capital since its inception. And since no one in the arts has made much money during the pandemic, donations are needed and immensely appreciated. Please consider our proposal today. We want to hear from you. Let us know your comments and questions.,