Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artist Loft Housing

Artspace Projects Inc.

Honolulu, Hawaii
Ongoing

Artspace Projects Inc., the nation’s leading real estate developer for the arts, has been meeting in Hawaii with artists, arts and community organizations and government partners since 2009. Invited by the PA‘I Foundation, with support from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and ArtPlace, Artspace has been working to understand the space needs of the creative community in Hawai‘i. Through their work, they have come to understand how providing permanent, affordable space for the arts would meet city, county and state goals for economic development, transit oriented development and cultural preservation.

The shared vision to emerge from this work is Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace, a mixed-use arts development in the Kaka’ako neighborhood blending live/work space for artists and their families, non-profit partners, and community events and gatherings. It will include 80 units of affordable live/work space for low-income artists and their families. Residential units will feature high ceilings, large windows, durable surfaces, large doors, and wide hallways to accommodate a variety of creative activities. Each of the residential units will be larger than a typical affordable unit to allow for ample workspace. Like all Artspace projects, this building will be multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and multi-disciplinary.

Approximately 4,000 square feet will be reserved for PA‘I Arts & Culture Center, for Native Hawaiian dancers, musicians, visual artists, cultural practitioners and others who are interested in experiencing Native Hawaiian cultural traditions. The Cultural Center will combine classroom space and flexible space for teaching and performing Hula, music, and other traditional practices. Through distance learning technology, the Cultural Center will be networked to audiences and