SAAC is located on Main St. between The Bowers Museum and Orange County High School of the Arts. In the 1980’s, the area had a vibrant art scene, but this has faded post-recession. Meta intends to help spark the renewal of that lost artist landscape by providing space for low-income working artists households vis-à-vis permanent, affordable housing, and a free gallery, woodshop, studios, music room, and onsite arts staffing. By placing artists, professional development, and a supportive structure of arts opportunities, and cultural facilities together, a multiplier effect can result. Indeed, SAAC’s proximate location to and partnership with the Bowers Museum, revives the audience leveraging that was thriving in the 1980’s, and may create opportunities for more arts organizations in the immediate area. However, because SAAC is specifically for low-income artists, their housing security is not threatened by economic change.
SAAC’s gallery will provide dignified, accessible, and affordable exhibition space for Erica Broussard Gallery. Simply stated, Erica Broussard is dedicated to supporting the creation, exhibition, criticism and documentation of work by historically underrepresented artists. Her gallery at SAAC will represent and promote the work of historically underrepresented artists, while also serving as an artists and curators residency space to encourage the necessary synergy between artists, curators and consequently patrons/collectors.