A key to Meta Housing’s success in reaching artists (who accounted for 800 of the roughly 5000 applicants), was a series of workshops designed to teach artists how to apply for affordable housing. ACE/121’s waiting list is closed.
In 16 months, ACE/121’s Gallery has hosted 12 exhibits plus talks and performances (7 by tenants and 5 by community collectives) and dozens of workshops for outside arts organizations. Exhibits topics have included Arts Education, Gay Pride, Armenian Futurists, Earth Day, Feminism, and new works by local artists. Attendance has varied from 40 to 300+ serving conservatively 1,500-2,000 people total. ACE is the backdrop of dozens of photographs and short films produced by local talent from within and outside the building and formal and social media reports.