Space for Creative Endeavors.
Artists living in Dane County have identified the access to affordable work and rehearsal space as their most
critical need. Meanwhile, many vacant and underutilized commercial, industrial and other nonresidential buildings
go unrented, sitting on the market for months or even years. Why aren’t these two groups getting together? A
new study from the Dane County Department of Planning and Development hopes to find the answer to that question.
Research from around the United States suggests that attraction and retention of creative artistic talent is a
key component to economic development in the twenty-first century. The Dane County Department of Planning and
Development has initiated “Make. Do” a countywide effort to make sure that Dane County creative professionals
and hobbyists find places to create, rehearse and produce their work. Through online surveys of artists, property
owners and municipalities, Dane County hopes to match artists of all kinds looking for work space with those who
have the space to rent. The effort will also offer an opportunity to learn about, and inventory communities’
cultural assets, and will provide a great step toward growing the creative economy.
November 15, 2012 Workshop
The Make. Do. Surveys are now closed. Thanks to the hundreds of artists, property owners and municipal officials who participated.
More About this Project
Dane County Executive Press Release
Brian Standing, Senior Planner
(608) 267- 4115
Pamela Andros, Senior Planner
Dane County Department of Planning & Development
Room 116, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Madison, WI 53703
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