On April 14th, co-developers Providence Community Housing and Artspace Projects came together with community partners to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Bell Artspace Campus. Speakers at the event included Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu; Councilmember Jared Brossett; Councilmember LaToya Cantrell; Councilmember Susan Guidry; Kelley Linquist, President, Artspace Projects; and Terri North, President & CEO, Providence Community Housing. The speakers highlighted the immense significance of the historic building both in the past and as a future investment and safe haven for artists and culture bearers. Moreover, they emphasized the unwavering commitment of the community partners, including St. Peter Claver Church and the Faubourg Lafitte Tenants Association.
Construction will begin this spring to transform the former Andrew J. Bell Middle School in New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood into an arts campus, which will include 79 affordable live-work units for artists and families. In addition to artist housing, the project will include space for community, non-profit and creative partners – Junebug Productions, the New Orleans Master Crafts Guild, and Make Music NOLA. Construction on the first units will be completed in summer 2017. The remaining units are scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017. The final phase of the project will be the restoration of the chapel, the oldest building on the campus, into a space for art shows and performances.
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