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Edmonton Artist Quarters designed with the arts in mind

The building is expected to be 18-storeys when it is completed.

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The building is expected to be 18-storeys when it is completed.

Edmonton’s artists could soon have a new place to play, paint, write or dance, as several arts groups look to build a new purpose-built tower in The Quarters.

Arts Habitat Edmonton and the Artist Urban Village are partnering on the Artists Quarters to be built at 102a Avenue and 96 Street.

The proposed 18-storey building would have as many as 75 live-work spaces for artists.

Linda Huffman, executive director of Arts Habitat Edmonton, said the idea is to bring artists into The Quarters through space they can own as the area revitalizes.

“What we are doing in this project — and the city is really supportive of this — is we are embedding artists into this neighbourhood from the beginning for the long term,” she said. 

Huffman said Arts Habitat is confident there will be enough demand for the space. 

“More than half of the units have been spoken for and there’s a core group of people who have expressed interest and have been meeting with us monthly,” she said. “Their comment of time and energy to the project already is key to our belief it will be successful.”

In addition to the live-work units, Rapid Fire Theatre, Mile Zero Dance company and the Alberta Craft Council will have space in the building. There will also be several standalone studios.

Huffman said the building is being built with artists in mind. She said the interior walls won’t be load bearing so artists can adapt their space and the building has other features designed for the arts.

“There is enhanced acoustics and sound proofing. There’s increased air ventilation, all of the units have their own,” she said.

Even the elevator was designed with a purpose. 

“We have designed it to accommodate a grand piano.”

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