August 2013: We are working toward our goal

TomAnderson_3406We are moving forward with our plans to bring below market studio/residential housing for artists to Olympia.  We are committed to working with local artists, businesses, our colleges and universities, and local residents interested in strengthening and stabilizing our creative community. Thanks to successful fundraising, we are making steady progress.

We have contracted with Artspace Projects, Inc. (API) to conduct two surveys:  one of artists and the other of arts organizations.  We are working now to finalize the survey questions and contact information/mailing lists. (If you are interested in participating in the Survey, please send us your contact information using this form.)

We have contracted with Qvigstad and Associates, Inc. to be our survey coordinator. Kari Qvigstad has been invaluable in working with API and the board in preparing the many details and gathering the data necessary to launch a successful survey this fall.  With the generous support of the Thurston County Economic Development Council (EDC) and Saint Martin’s University, we have found an intern for the survey period, Hang Nguyen, who is working with Kari in the EDC’s office.TomAnderson_3612

We are also preparing a survey launch event for Wednesday, October 9th at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.  This will kick off the start of the survey process and help us reach everyone, artists and organizations, whose responses we need. We hope this event will be a celebration of the arts for all who will participate in the surveys.

Our board member, Jean Mandeberg, has been in contact with faculty and administrators at The Evergreen State College, Saint Martin’s University, and South Puget Sound Community College, and she will continue to do so, especially once we have survey information to share.  These two surveys, for individual artists and arts organizations, will give us all a wealth of information as we move forward.  We are extremely lucky to have three institutions of higher learning in our area, and one of our main goals is to be able design a facility that can take advantage of this incredible asset to our community.

TomAnderson_2769As you see, we have had a great beginning but there is so much work to be done.  We thank you for your support!

Ron Hinton is President of the Olympia Artspace Alliance Board.

Thank you to Tom Anderson for these photographs!