PART SEVENTY of the feature series FREE TO GOOD HOME that explores the current situation of Edmontonís ArtsHab. In this segment we speak with Edmonton City Councillor Michael Phair.
Arts Habitat was formed in 1995 as an initiative through the Edmonton Arts Council to provide safe, affordable and appropriate living and working space for artists.
In 1999 Arts Habitat opened Edmonton's first artist live/work space, ArtsHab One, in downtown Edmonton.
In October 2009 their current lease will expire and they will be faced with an unmanageable rental increase or be forced to relocate or cease to exist all together.
Over the past three months we have been speaking to as many residents, participants, founders, city and arts council members, etc... as possible to explore the situation that ArtsHab currently faces to see if this is in fact a reflection and example of the plight and situation of the arts in general in this The Culture Capital of Canada.
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