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The Tannery Arts Center is an adaptive reuse project undertaken by the City’s Redevelopment Agency in partnership with Artspace, Inc., a national non-profit corporation that creates affordable live/work projects for artists, and the Tannery Arts Center, Inc., the local non-profit entity established to develop the performing arts center portion of the project. 

The 150-year-old Salz Tannery closed in 2002 and the planning for the reuse of the site as a center for the arts began almost immediately. The project includes three phases: 

  • The Tannery Artist Lofts, 100 units of affordable housing for artists 
  • The Digital Media and Creative Arts Center, formerly known as the Working Studios, which includes the rehabilitation of the three of the historic buildings on the property for studio space for artists, including a Digital Media Center 
  • The Performing Arts Center, which consists of a 200-seat theater, with future development to include a home and rehearsal space for the Santa Cruz Ballet, a restaurant/café, and office space for local non-profit arts groups as well as classroom and gallery space.  This phase of the project will be constructed by the local non-profit Tannery Arts Center, Inc.

The Tannery Artist Lofts were completed in February 2009 and are fully occupied, with a wait list. The rehabilitation of the Tanyard Building and the Beam House into the Digital Media and Creative Arts Center was completed in August 2011, with the Kron House completed in February 2013.  

Phase III, the Performing Arts Center, is currently in the fundraising stage.  Construction is currently anticipated to begin toward the end of 2013.The Tannery Arts Center is an adaptive reuse project undertaken by the City’s Redevelopment Agency in partnership with Artspace, Inc., a national non-profit corporation that creates affordable live/work projects for artists, and the Tannery Arts Center, Inc., the local non-profit entity established to develop the performing arts center portion of the project. 

Last updated: 3/18/2014 11:28:38 AM