Has anyone come across a Community Development Corporation with a mission to support and promote the arts? I know many CDCs have arts-related programming. . .
My notion is to establish an arts CDC in an area that has an existing arts community that is threatened by massive residential growth on the horizon (that prices them out of the area). The arts organizations and artists need affordable space (live and work) and assistance with business growth issues.
There is substantial political and private business interest in the arts in this area already, but no vehicle for offering the kinds of support that artists need in a coherent fashion.
I imagine this arts CDC as a real estate development and economic development entity that would facilitate the use of various government funds to complete projects to benefit the arts. It would also be in a position to broker deals between art non-profits and private developers.
Referals to any similar organizations would be appreciated.