Tuesday, April 18, 2006

How it's done in Paducah

Richard Layman noticed that the York program to subsidize living space in an artists' district looks like a copy of a Paducah, KY, program: the Artist Relocation Program.

It's different from HHG's artist relocation program in Trenton in that the artists are not compelled to move out but are actually invited in.
Paducah’s Artist Relocation Program was started in August of 2000 and is now a national model for using the arts for economic development. The Artist Relocation Program has been awarded the Governors Award in the Arts, The Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association Distinguished Planning Award, [etc., etc. etc.].
Some good bragging rights there.
To date we have relocated forty-five artists who have taken us up on our financial and cultural incentives. These artists have relocated from Illinois, San Francisco, San Diego, Minneapolis, Memphis, Nashville, Okalahoma, Maryland, Washington, North Carolina, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Washington D.C., and Kentucky.
Forty-five artists represents a few city blocks. Get a look at these incentives:
  • 100% financing for purchase and rehab of an existing structure or building of a new structure. Basic loan package is 7% - 30yr. fixed rate up 300% of appraised value.
  • Free lots for new construction as available.
  • City will pay up to $2500 for architectural services or other professional fees.
Makes you wonder about your own city.


Blogger Tricia Fagan said...

This should be of particular interest to former Paducah girl, Barbara Russo. Barbara, executive director of the NJ Cultural Trust and past long-time executive director of the NJ Council on the Arts is also a long-time Trenton resident. Maybe she can help bring some of that Paducah art-smarts to New Jersey's capital city.

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