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Creatives in tight spaces in Austin

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

The city’s Economic Development Department released the results of its Creative Space survey yesterday. The survey collected data from July to September 2017 from arts organizations and artists in an attempt to address affordability concerns in that sector of the city. A press release from the city about the results noted that artists are “finding it hard to stay in Austin.” Specifically:

  • 38% of respondents indicated they have paid for space they could not afford
  • 69% used a space they identified as not being ideal for their needs
  • 51% of artists surveyed said they have considered leaving Austin for another city or state
  • 23% of organizations and businesses are in a precarious position with month to month leases
  • 12% of organizations and businesses shared that they currently do not have or are in immediate danger of losing the space they need within the next year

The full results of the survey, and access to the now-open 2018 survey, can both be found on the city’s website.

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