Saturday, November 24, 2012

Make. Do. Study/Dane County, WI Artists

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 Because I 've lived in Madison, Wisconsin since 1981 and have known and worked with many others involved in the creative sector, the need for affordable studio space is an old story. Much to my delight, it appears that this story may finally have someone listening to it. 


Three days ago I received an email from the Dane County Department of Planning and Development. Included was a four page White Paper: Make. Do. Space for Creative Endeavors, that had quotes from artists and creative workers surveyed in 2010 for the City of Madison Cultural Plan.  Respondents


"were most dissatisfied with the sufficiency of Affordable Space including spaces for production, studio, storage, rehearsal, administration, experimentation, growing, or display spaces, with over half (55.6%) of all respondents choosing the descriptors 'poor' or 'weak.'"


The Madison Cultural Plan goes on to conclude:

"In fact the preeminent finding of the Madison Cultural Plan 2011 is this: Madison is a community rich with creative characteristics, energy, and activity of nearly every sort, but it is bereft of an infrastructure to sustain and grow those riches and to capture their value."

Madison lies within Dane County. The County, opening it's doors wide for economic and community development, is now very interested in facilitating the matching of artists with art patrons and property owners to identify problems or needed resources to encourage a successful creative economy.

  Make. Do. Space for Creative Endeavors.

To quote from the project overview on the Dane County Department of Planning and Development webpage :

 "Artists living in Dane County have identified the access to affordable work and rehearsal space as their most critical need. Meanwhile, many vacant and underutilized commercial, industrial and other nonresidential buildings go unrented, sitting on the market for months or even years. Why aren’t these two groups getting together? A new study from the Dane County Department of Planning and Development hopes to find the answer to that question."

Brian Standing, Senior Planner at Dane County Planning & Development, has given me permission to post the Make. Do. Survey Results presentation that he gave last week at a workshop for artists. He also mentioned in his email:

"We hope to schedule more events soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more information.  In the meantime, feel free to send me (


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any questions, comments or thoughts."


 This is a wonderful opportunity to make your voices heard. If you need working space, now is the time to speak up!

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Make. Do. Survey Results Presentation

1 comment:

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