The future of Imagine Art is a live-work campus community where artists with and without disabilities will live, work, play and pray together. Imagine a multi-acre community that offers a variety of affordable housing options. Imagine tiny houses mixed with community housing and family houses. Imagine temporary housing for artists in residents or travelers wanting to experiencing daily life in the community. Imagine gardens being harvested and meals being served. Imagine studio spaces, big and small, inviting artists to create pottery, painting and glass or woodwork. Imagine gallery spaces sprinkled throughout the community; formal and informal, bringing beauty to reading nooks and garden paths. Imagine artists with disabilities thriving and leading the way to demonstrate inclusion. Imagine non-disabled artists finding purpose and gainful employment serving alongside residents with disabilities.
Why build it?
The 65+ artists in our community are family. Housing is a serious challenge and when systems breakdown we loose valuable members of our community. Aging artists are forced into nursing homes. Aging parents are forced to place adult disabled children into group homes, where choices for day activities can be limited. Poverty forces some artists to live in apartments that are infested with drugs and pests. Imagine Art sees opportunity to create a safety-net of security in affordable housing while continuing to build upon our vision of transformation in the context of community. Imagine Art is uniquely positioned as a leader, demonstrating a new model of community through inclusion. The development of key players and partners (churches, private donors, legislative leaders and city and state officials) is opening new doors and creating the path to our future. Our model has the power to change long-term care systems in Texas. By creatively leveraging public dollars, we are establishing an innovative community that meets the basic needs of our city while creating a place where many will thrive.
We recognize that our vision is HUGE and our capacity is small. For over 5 years, Imagine Art has been sewing into this vision; in prayer, in dialogue and through the exploration of paths and open doors. We recognize that God is able to provide beyond our "make-it-happen capacity". We are being positioned and made ready to manage what is built. God is founder and the finisher of all that we are doing and we simply agree with a "Yes and Amen".
- Own where we are.
- Buy and build elsewhere.
- Repurpose old & broken systems.
Imagine Art continues to explore all options. Purchasing our current space is one option. Transit Oriented Development zoning allows for a 3-story development at our current location. The Founder continues to look East for larger parcels of land, more conducive to scattered housing, gardens, farm animals and community fire pits. Accessing city property is another option, recognizing that Imagine Art is leading the way in public space and seeks to provide much needed affordable live-work space & employment opportunities for artists in the city. State property also offers a unique potential for Imagine Art to demonstrate a pilot project that partners public and private resources to solve problems of long-term, institutional care systems in Texas. CHECK OUT SMARTOWN.