Artspace City Hall project in competition for grant

DEARBORN – Supporters of a proposal to create a live, work and exhibit space for artists can vote via Facebook for a grant that would move the project forward and also help to secure a historical designation for City Hall.

Proponents of the Dearborn Artspace project are hoping to win the $15,000 grant from Ovation TV and Americans for the Arts.

They said the grant would be applied to architectural design work that would preserve the historical nature of the City Hall building as it is converted to lofts and exhibit space for artists.

The deadline to vote is Dec. 31, and people may vote multiple times. There are 63 other projects in the running.

The East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, which promotes businesses and is spearheading the Artspace project, already has secured grants from the Ford Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts for the conversion of City Hall.

The EDDDA is working with Artspace, the largest nonprofit arts-based real estate development organization in the country, to transform City Hall into housing for artists.

The renovated City Hall building also would include performance space and art-related businesses.

The EDDDA believes Artspace will bring new residents, visitors and customers to the east downtown business district.
Dearborn government will complete a move to a new City Hall by early 2014, and is in negotiations with Artspace about the purchase of the current City Hall at Michigan and Schaefer.

To vote for the Dearborn Artspace Loft Project:

• Log in to Facebook.

• Click on the link

• “Like” Ovation TV’s Facebook page, which will unlock the voting page.

• Scroll down to find the Dearborn Artspace Lofts project, which can be identified by photos of Dearborn City Hall. (Projects rotate and are in a different location each time the page reloads.)

• Click the “vote” button.