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.
Designed by Studio One Eleven, the community features an 800-square foot, tenant-run art gallery, a visual arts room, two music rooms, a dance studio, computer lab, tutoring area, and tot lot. Another notable amenity is a fully equipped, ADA-accessible woodshop with a jointer, thickness planer, tablesaw, oscillating belt sander, bandsaw, drill press, box joint jig, and random orbital sander.
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.