For Calgary to be a culturally vibrant city, leading edge artistic practice, innovative social missions and creative entrepreneurship need sustainable, appropriate and compelling spaces to propel our city forward.
From October to November 2010, Calgary Arts Development conducted a detailed space market analysis that included 151 individual artists and representatives from 60 organizations who completed the survey. The specific objectives of the online survey were to:
• Understand the current dynamics around spaces that support the work of artists and small- to medium-sized non-profit organizations,
• Gather basic information from artists about their current living and working situation,
• Gather basic information on the operations of organizations that use or require space,
• Assess the depth of the market demand for a new multitenant facility focused on arts incubation,
• Identify specific design elements and building features that artists and organizations prefer or require, and
• Assess the affordability thresholds of artists and organizations in terms of their ability to pay for space.
This research provides a grounding for creative infrastructure development with the space and preferences that Non-Profit Organizations and artists require to fulfill their mandates.