Construction to start on housing site for artists

“Construction will begin in earnest this month on the Working Artists Ventura project, a $57 million housing and studio development designed for artists and creative businesses in downtown Ventura. With a handful of other private developments delayed or at a standstill, some city leaders consider the artists project to be the most important local economic catalyst in a decade.”

Ventura County Star (CA), 2/9/2008

First Salinas arts congress strives to boost business, young minds

In California, “[a]bout 100 of Salinas’ most creative citizens met Thursday to help generate and shape a vigorous future for the city’s arts. The Sherwood Hall event was the first-ever Salinas Arts Congress. . . . Citizens’ ideas included: A city-wide arts festival; Displaying art in vacant downtown buildings; A grant writer to get money to promote the arts in Salinas; A cultural arts center; An arts effort that is ethnically diverse and open to all. Those and other goals added up to a blueprint for action, which will undergo refinement and planning at the next Salinas Arts Congress, set for March 17.”

The Californian (Salinas, CA), 2/7/2008

Giving the Arts More Room to Grow

“Cultural groups throughout the [Washington, D.C.] region are lining up for a new kind of casting call, hoping to be chosen by Arlington County to play a leading part in the county’s transformation from a suburban bedroom community to an artistic mecca. Arlington County recently finalized a deal with a Rosslyn developer that will allow it to offer the former Newseum rent-free for 10 years, presenting arts organizations with the prospect of getting a world-class performance space.”

Washington Post, 2/7/2008

Latino culture, heritage thrive in suburbs

“No longer isolated in pockets like southwest Detroit, the region’s Latinos are spreading, mirroring a nationwide trend of suburban growth among Hispanics. . . . The Latino population grew by about 4,500 people in Detroit from 2000 to 2006, a 9.5% increase, U.S. Census figures show. But in Detroit’s suburbs, it grew by nearly 23,000 people, a 32% increase.”

Detroit Free-Press, 2/7/2008

(Thanks to Cultural Policy Listserv)