Artspace Projects Inc., a leading nonprofit developer of inexpensive spaces for artists and creative workers to live and work, is exploring choosing Utica for an upcoming project.

“Establishing affordable workspaces is one more tool we want to use to rebuild our neighborhoods while supporting the cultural diversity in the city,” Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri said.”  When Utica held a public meeting about this exciting initiative several Little Falls business owners and residents attended.

We are interested to see if there was any way Little Falls could participate in a venture like ARTspace.  Local architect Robert Heins, chairman of the Utica Artspace Committee, was instrumental in getting this project off the ground having been involved in a similar project downstate.

Heins said.  “Adding studio spaces is a goal recommended in urban planning Plan to help keep and attract creative talent while impacting economic growth.”

The Little Falls attendees have reached out to Mr Heins to invite him to Little Falls to educate us on what Artspace projects are and share his thoughts on how a community gets started. He and his wife have agreed to come to Little Falls and give us a presentation.

The public is invited to attend this informational meeting regarding the potential new arts community development at 7 p.m. on Monday January 25th at the Little Falls public library. Those who attend will have the chance to share ideas and provide feedback about the Artspace projects and their potential effects on Little Falls art and business communities.

Ideas gathered at the meeting will be used to gauge community support for the project and to recommend next steps, should this be a possibility for Little Falls. Projects like these will need to be a cooperative effort between all segments of the community, Artists, business owners, community groups, city government and residents. Hopefully representatives from all these groups will come out on Monday the 25th to begin the process. Every exciting project starts somewhere.

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