Number and percentage of creatives who report having access to affordable creative space


One of our most valuable assets to Austin is its people, including creative sector employees and artists who Keep Austin Weird. Through a department-wide survey in the Economic Development Department, affordability was considered a high priority for businesses of all types. In this measure we aim to evaluate - from artists and arts groups specifically - their perceived access to affordable creative workspace. 
Data represents feedback by arts discipline and arts organization type (individual artist, nonprofit arts group, or for-profit arts group).


When asked about monthly payments for rent or mortgage in fiscal year 2021, 39% of respondents said their rent or mortgage for workspace remained the same as last year. Almost half said their rent or mortgage had increased from a year ago; it is not surprising that majority of Austin's creatives DO NOT feel they have access to affordable creative space.
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Additional Measure Insights

This data can be cross-cut to see where individual artists or arts groups currently operate and how much of their budgets are dedicated to covering rents or mortgages.

Measure Details and Definition

1) Definition:  This measure reflects how many artists and arts groups feel they have access to affordable creative workspace.
2) Calculation method: The number of artists and arts groups who said "yes' they have access to affordable creative space, divided by the total number of respondents.
3) Data Collection Process:  This data was collected by the City of Austin through the Creative Arts Space Survey which is distributed to Austin area arts newsletters and websites.
4) Measure Target Calculation: The City of Austin aims to at least hold steady on access to affordable creative workspace at 32% and eventually to improve affordability.
5) Frequency Measure is Reported: Annual (Calendar Year); data collected year-round.
Date page was last updated: October 2021