As more and more cities and citizens in Michigan are paying mind to the impact that creative professionals have on communities, I suspect that few are hip to what artists and musicians really need in order to do their thing. I’m pleased to share an article I wrote for annarbor.com about SPUR Studios, the Ypsilanti creative community’s answer to an overflowing demand for affordable artist studio space and band practice space in the surrounding Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor area.
Most of us have plenty of room in our homes to pursue our creative hobbies. Knitters can throw their yarn into a basket or stick their needles in the crack of a chair until next time. Sure, you had to rearrange your living room a bit to make room for your piano. But what would you do if you found a calling in large-scale metal sculpture making? Are you ready to convert your garage into a studio? What if you don’t even have a garage? Creating art professionally frequently requires more than a few shelves of plastic bins in your closet.
SPUR Studios is a fun, social “office” space, where artists can store their materials and make a mess, and a loud rock band doesn’t have to worry about noise violations. It is also an instance of Ypsilanti’s creative community becoming stakeholders in the creative economy. I hope you enjoy reading about how SPUR Studios is spurring individual creativity with one eye on the future of Ypsilanti's cultural vibrancy.
It used to be a high school diploma could get you a great job and solid middle-class lifestyle in Michigan. Hard work meant a nice house, two cars in the attached garage and, with enough overtime, maybe even a cottage up North. Hard work still counts, but the kind of work that brings prosperity has changed and communities all over Michigan are responding. From Michigan's top of the world in Houghton-Hancock to Spartan County in East Lansing to Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor to downtown Detroit, efforts are underway to promote self-starters in high-tech and creative industries as they pursue the new American dream. TechArb
, an incubator for student-led companies, will be located right between Google and Ann Arbor SPARK
, talk about an opportunity to network with the best! What a great way to keep talent in Ann Arbor area, and to grow jobs right at home.