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ANPI grantee makes an affordable and mobile artist residence

Work begins on the affordable and mobile artist residence

Work begins on the affordable and mobile artist residence

The artist residence is framed

The artist residence is framed

Date: 
September 20, 2016
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Artist Tia-Simone Gardner’s tiny house/studio space is officially under construction. Gardner is a 2016 Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI) grantee who realized that the affordability and mobility challenges she faced finding a live/work space as a young artist were not unique. The artist loft spaces (combining spaces for living and working) that have popped up around the Twin Cities are slightly more affordable than what you find on the open market, but they are often available only for rent and can still be out of reach for unestablished artists.

The idea of a combination living and working space does make sense, but you can’t take a loft on the road. Early-career artists often need to be mobile and pursue work that will take them away from home for months at a time.

That’s where the tiny house movement comes in. Envisioned as small footprint, low-environmental impact and potentially mobile housing solution, the idea of a tiny house makes perfect sense for an artist. Now with the help of a CURA ANPI grant, Gardner is turning architectural drawings in a real mobile artist residence in partnership with Juxtaposition Arts.

Gardner is also partnering with Robin Hayes of Build Tiny, a longtime tiny house expert, and Kate Zimmerman a master of architecture student at the University of Minnesota College of Design on the design, policy and social engagement aspects of the project. Zimmerman’s work is funded through another CURA program, the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program.

Work began on the house on September 9 in a space near Rapson Hall at the College of Design. Follow along with Gardner’s progress at her blog. Find more pictures of the construction progress at the CURA Facebook page.