15 affordable artist apartments available at Brookland Artspace Lofts

Photo courtesy of artspace

From a press release:

Artspace Projects with Dance Place, Cultural Development Corporation, and DC Department of Housing and Community Development

15 affordable live/work apartments designated for artists, arts administrators, and educators. Available units include studios and one-bedrooms. All units are oversized, with large windows, extra-wide hallways, and garage parking. The building houses a dance studio and has a green roof.

15 units are ready for immediate occupancy.

Brookland Artspace Lofts, 3305 Eighth Street NE, 2 blocks from Brookland-CUA
metro stop on the Red Line

Brookland Artspace Lofts provides affordable rental housing specifically for artists and their families. Located in the Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood, this space enables 39 creative households to secure housing at below-market rates. Affordable live/work housing anchors creative professionals in the city, and unit proximity is intended to inspire collaboration and resource-sharing among artists.

All apartments will be leased to eligible households on a first come, first served basis. Prospective tenants may access www.artspacewashdc.org for additional information. Prospective tenants should contact Stuart Payne, property manager, at 703.200.8325 to arrange to submit an application.

Rents are listed as:

Efficiency – $970
1 bed – $1,011
2 bed – $1,205

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31 Comment

  • How does one prove they are an artist to get such a great deal on rent? I have made art from time to time. To quote Lisa Turtle “What is art? Are we art? Is art art?”

    • I shall half answer my own question. Here is the definition from the website. However, this does not necessarily answer how one is deemed to be an artist. What if my art sucks, but I submit a portfolio none the less to live there? Do they subjectively decide what good art is for housing decisions?

      From the site:

      A person who works in, or is skilled in any of the fine arts,including but not limited to, painting, drawing, sculpture, book arts, printmaking, and mixed-media.

      A person who creates imaginative works of aesthetic value, including but not limited to literature, poetry, photography, music composition, choreography, architecture, film and video.

      A person who creates functional art, including but not limited to metal, textiles, paper, wood, ceramic, glass or plastic objects.

      A performer or theatrical artist, including but not limited to, singers, dancers, musicians, actors, performance artists, costume, lighting, sound, and set designers.

      In all art disciplines, a designer, technician, craftsperson, teacher or administrator who is dedicated to using their expertise within the community to support, promote, present, and/or teach and propagate their art form through events, activities, performances and classes.

  • I’m wondering what will happen when the next Piss Christ artist moves in here. How’s CUA going to deal with art they don’t like literally across the street?

  • why? is cua notoriously outspoken about art that isn’t shown on their campus? or wait, were you just showing off your intro to modern art history skillz? lol.

  • Is it legal to discriminate based on profession for rentals?

  • Why are we building heavily subsidized houses to encourage people to move out of their parent’s guest room when we could be building heavily subsidized houses to put a roof over homeless veterans? Just wondering…

    I find subsidized artist housing to be kind of dumb.

    • thank you for your valuable input.

    • Because of the economics that A) for all their hard work, artists are seldom able to make enough to afford market rates. B) Arts stimulate economic activity and contribute to enlivening a neighborhood. C) Arts and arts activities are attractive and increase surrounding property values. And many other reasons.

      • And, one can be an artist and a veteran.

        • If one were an artist AND a veteran, they’d qualify for the veteran’s housing and not need “artist housing.”

          Sorry – I went to art school and I’m another that thinks this is bull.

      • I’m all for providing housing for those that dont have it and maybe even for those who need affordable options near their place of employment, but artists? You’ve got to be kidding me. Is there any reason why artists need to live in Brookland instead of Charles County? If they’re employed in theater or music inside DC, why dont they qualify for the myriad other affordable options that exist and are being built?

        Artist housing is highly suspect.

        • Because there is no art community in Charles County.

          Generally in order to get anywhere in the art world you need connections, and it’s harder to make that happen if you’re geographically far from the action.

          A lot of artists do take office jobs to make ends meet– but they typically do not become successful artists because it’s hard to make good art AND get yourself recognized AND work a 9-5.

          • I want my artists starving, living in hovels and chugging evan williams. good art comes from misery.

            free stuff messes with the centuries old ecosystem.

        • Business Model: bring the poor hipster artists to Brookland now–meeting the district requirement of market rate housing–so when the rest of this major development project is complete they are more able to attract Dupont dwellers to the new “Arts District” to live in $2000k a month apartments due in about a year or so.

        • c’mon this guy is so clearly a troll. it’s impossible to be that obtuse.

          • A troll is the term applied to someone who comments on a message board with an opinion that is different than yours, right? Thought so.

        • it’s like asking, does CUA need to be in brookland instead of charles county. a bit irrelevant really.

          maybe you think the city owned the land is building these? it doesn’t work that way. taxpayers don’t lose out on this kind of deal.

          • No, its about moral priorities.

            When we have the dispossessed and the vulnerable living on the streets and we have abused children and adults living in unthinkable situations, its a pretty sad commentary that some are willing to make housing for artists a higher priority than for those who the most vulnerable. I’m fine with funding for art and humanities and education in those fields, but when it comes to actual special housing, which would be a luxury for artists (assuming they have the means to live SOMEWHERE) but a necessity to those who have no where else.

            An Individual developer or nonprofit or whatever is building these houses can make whatever decision it wants, but it doesnt mean I believe its the right one.

            Besides, the person who posted earlier had it dead on. This about meeting affordable quotas while still being palatable to yuppies and potential new, wealthier residents. Sorry to be cynical, but that just makes sense.

          • anon,
            you seem to not know how things work. though you seem to have a good heart.

            you should learn a bit more how organizations and business operates before judging others and the things they make happen in their jobs.

      • you could make the same arguments for “good teachers,” “social workers,” or “small business owners.” Why don’t we subsidize those, too? Seems weird to pick a single profession. It is tempting to put together a poetry portfolio or something and get a $1200 2br.

    • “I find subsidized artist housing to be kind of dumb.”

      I find uncultured trolls to be kind of dumb.

    • because there are organizations that place a value on the diminishing cultural resources of our city and are willing to put money into it.

    • you’d have to ask the arts organizations that are building them.
      and since they are arts organizations they are probably catering to their community needs and serving their mission statement.

  • speaking from perspective of an artist, is that live/work only actually is good for a subset of artists. Working where you do art is not great for a lot of artists, and what DC really needs is more studio space – which isn’t going to happen unfortunately.

    • I mean living where you do art…

    • DC needs more artists who take their careers seriously enough to be considered professionals. I suppose it’s a chicken or egg problem, but being unsuccessful commercially isn’t the same thing as being a brilliant artist. If you’re not trying to reach people, you’re just playing with paint.

      If you’re not actively trying to sell your stuff at the farmer’s markets in this city, you’re just using art to get laid.

  • I’m all for creating an artistic community and developing the neighborhood, but after reading the application packet, is this just a HUD project accepting government assistance and requiring one to claim that they are an artist? If portfolios aren’t being judged during the interview process, anyone can slap some paint on a canvas and be an artist. Also, why aren’t drug tests being required to qualify for these type of programs?

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