In THIS post from several days ago, we wrote about an artist who had created a blanket made up of American dollar bills as a response to the economy.
A more interesting – and useful – idea for artists is outlined in this Wall Street Journal article – click HERE - that identifies an age old trend currently being revived among America’s most destitute cities…Cleveland, Detroit.
Artists are moving into cheap neighbourhoods that nobody else wants, where they are picking up properties for as little as a few thousand dollars:
“Artists have become the occupiers of last resort,” said Robert McNulty, president of Partners for Livable Communities, a Washington-based nonprofit organization. “The worse things get, the more creative you have to become.”
Artists and architects are buying foreclosed homes in Detroit for as little as $100. In St. Louis, artists are moving into vacant retail spaces in a shopping mall, turning stores that stood empty for more than a year into studios and event spaces for rents of $100 a month.
It’s refreshing to see the spotlight turn away from over-inflated markets. There’s opportunity – and potential for creativity – in everything.