Affordable Art Space for Roanoke

Artspace ROA logo in papercut font

Our mission: Provide affordable live/work and creative spaces in Roanoke.

We can do this together. We need to hear from the full universe of creatives living in (or interested in moving to) the Roanoke Valley about their space needs and preferences for a proposed affordable mixed-use project at Riverdale Village.

Whether you’re an emerging artist, professional maker or musician, content creator, hair stylist, weekend crafter, cake designer, facepainter, part-time poet, gardener, weaver, salsa dancer, community connector, tattoo artist – if ANY creative pursuit is part of your life – your voice is critical to this project.


Survey data will be used to assess demand for new space, and to design new space to suit the unique needs of Roanoke’s creative community and its art-related organizations. Survey data is being tallied now. Everyone who filled out the survey and asked to be kept up to date will be invited to the April 18 Survey Soiree!

The Big Picture

Step 1: National non-profit Artspace visited our community in September 2023 to conduct a preliminary feasibility study for jan affordable live/work project. They fell in love with Roanoke’s creative scene and determined the optimal site would be in Riverdale Village, Ed Walker’s transformative concept for the former American Viscose plant. Read the Artspace Preliminary Feasibility Study here.

Step 2: A market study focused on Roanoke’s Creative community, accomplished by a recent Creative Space Needs Survey.

Step 3: If the survey results fit Artspace’s criteria for a successful project, we will move to the financing piece. Artspace has decades of experience figuring out how to fund their projects using a combination of public and private funds, and they will work with us to determine a path forward. We are fortunate to have great partners at the State level, which will be a huge help in this process.

If we successfully move through these steps, there is a very real possibility of affordable live/work and creative space being developed by Artspace at Riverdale.

Members of the core team toured Riverdale with Artspace representatives in September 2023. Learn more about Riverdale.
Download the Preliminary Feasibility Study.


What could this proposed development look like?

The proposed facility could include live/work housing, shared flexible creative space for residents, and leasable space for studios/creative work, nonprofits, and/or creative businesses. Check out some of Artspace’s cool projects around the country.

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There’s some good info out there. Here’s some recent coverage:
Artspace, Oct. 3, 2023
WFIR, Sep. 15, 2023
Cardinal News, Nov. 9, 2023
Cardinal News, Aug. 22, 2023
Cardinal News, April 4, 2023
Cardinal News, Jan. 17, 2023