For more than a hundred years, the two-block Bell School campus anchored New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood as a place for education, music training and cultural development. Abandoned since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, these five extraordinary buildings will be given new life in a two-phase project that will restore not only the bricks and mortar but also the former Bell School’s historic role as a center of the community.
The project will transform the three largest buildings into 79 units of affordable live/work housing for low- to moderate-income artists, cultural workers and families. It will also restore the Band Room for everything from community recreation, athletic practice and marching band rehearsals.
Artspace’s co-developer, nonprofit Providence Community Housing, has built more than a thousand affordable housing units in New Orleans since Katrina. Other supporters include both the City and the Housing Authority of New Orleans, New Orleans Master Crafts Guild and Tremé4Tremé. Artspace is also working with many community leaders, grassroots organizations and artists to understand and advance their visions for Tremé.
Providence Community Housing
The City of New OrleansLouisiana Housing CorporationLouisiana Office of Community DevelopmentHousing Authority of New Orleans New City PartnershipGreater New Orleans FoundationFauborg Laffite Residents AssociationSt Peter Claver CommunityJunebug ProductionsTremé4TreméNew Orleans Master Crafts GuildCreative Alliance of New OrleansMake Music NOLA
About the Bell Campus project:
“We realized it was going to be a big project, but a key project for that neighborhood. The arts community is such a big part of Treme, and rising rents are starting to price them out. Housing like this is a need throughout the city.” —Terri North, CEO, Providence Community Housing, New Orleans
"Community members have made clear that the renovation of the Bell School property is important to revitalization in the Treme/Iberville neighborhood, and the project has many of the elements we look for when we fund efforts that integrate arts and culture with community revitalization work. There are partners from many sectors, and the project advances a shared vision for revitalization, benefits vulnerable populations and builds on the area’s rich cultural traditions and heritage and on the school’s historic role as a community center.” —Regina R. Smith, Senior Program Officer, Arts and Culture, Kresge Foundation
The three largest buildings on campus will be transformed into 79 units of affordable live/work housing for low- to moderate-income artists, cultural workers and their families.
The Bell Artspace Campus, currently under construction will begin accepting applications for affordable housing units in April 2017.
Download the Bell Leasing Information Packet below for application information, including the documents you'll need to apply.
Join us for a public meeting in New Orleans April 4th & April 15, to learn more about this new Artspace property in the Tremé neighborhood and how to apply!
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