Artists Quarters

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A new Urban Arts Village for the Quarters Downtown

The dream for the Artists Quarters is a community of artists and arts organizations living and working in an urban arts village. This space will support multi-generational, mixed-income artists of all artistic disciplines.

Artists Urban Village and Arts Habitat Edmonton have partnered with the City of Edmonton in the development of this new facility for artists and arts organizations. Located only two blocks from the core of the downtown arts district—including the Citadel Theatre, the Winspear Centre, the Art Gallery of Alberta and one block from the proposed new LRT station—Artists Quarters will be an integral part of the redevelopment of downtown Edmonton.

Artists Quarters will begin to address the critical need in Edmonton’s Arts and Cultural community for affordable housing options and sustainable workspace, bringing together urban living and the arts in a vibrant, transit oriented, compact development.

Mayor Don Iveson

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The Artists Quarters is currently in the planning stage that is backed by research and being built in response to recommendations contained in The Art of Living Plan. The project will provide support to multi-generational, mixed-income artists of all artistic disciplines in response to the increasingly critical need for affordable, appropriate, and sustainable housing option. The City also identifies this project as a dynamic catalyst for further development in the Quarters Downtown by attracting commercial and residential developers to this unique artists’ village.

Discussions with both the Federal and Provincial governments are encouraging for the Artist Quarters funding. The design has been developed with city officials, and the zoning and development permits are approved. We believe this project is a start to the affordable housing options and sustainable workspace that the City of Edmonton is looking for.

The Artists Quarters will be:

  • Arts-focused
  • Multi-generational
  • Community-based
  • Innovative residential and studio configurations
  • Environmentally and economically sustainable

Design considerations unique to arts uses will include:

  • Flexible residential and studio configurations
  • Quality of indoor air (ventilation)
  • Quality of building acoustics and sound proofing
  • Floor load (weight considerations)
  • Freight elevator
  • Accessible
  • Environmentally and economically sustainable

The dream of the Artists Quarters is a community of artists and arts organizations living and working in an urban arts village. The Artists Quarters development promises to deliver affordable, quality and sustainable commercial and residential spaces that will be a jewel in Edmonton’s landscape and community.

Arts Habitat, with Artists Urban Village, completed a comprehensive Business Plan for the Artist Quarters in the spring of 2011, and in the fall of 2012 completed the Feasibility Study with the development team. The Feasibility Study has been funded through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and development funds from the City of Edmonton.

Along with Arts Habitat and Artists Urban Village, the Integrated Project Delivery team includes Kasian Architecture and Williams Engineering, with Chandos and The Communitas Group.