Methow Arts Alliance is working on a project that would fill vacant downtown storefronts with public art and studio demonstrations by local artists.
The project, called ARTscapes, was based on Spaceworks Tacoma, which was launched in 2010 in response to the recession. ARTscapes connects artists with Realtors and property owners willing to temporarily donate their empty spaces for window installations, performance or open studios where artists can work on their craft as people watch. If the space is leased or sold, the artists will have 30 days to vacate, said Methow Arts Executive Director Amanda Jackson.
“This is really one of the first projects we’ve had that’s collaborative with commercial property owners,” she said. “It’s an example of how we can come together in hard times to create something innovative for both.”
Methow Arts is asking for proposals for its first ARTscape project in the Main Street Building in downtown Omak, which has been vacant for a couple of years. Proposals are due April 20. The studio space will be available for three to six months.
Jackson said she expects more spaces to become available over the next few months. Methow Arts will review more applications on a rolling basis. For details and an application checklist, visit methowvalleyarts.org.